The Organic Farmers’ Markets of Attica

Greece is well known for its high-quality products and tasty cuisine. In this article, we want to share with you the organic farmer markets of Attica, so next time when you want to whip up something Greek, you will know from where to purchase your produce.

The need for a better diet is not new. However, many people are reluctant to follow it when buying organic products, as they consider them to be very expensive and will skyrocket the household budget.

So, this myth is being debunked by the organic farmers’ markets in Athens -there are of course in other cities of Greece- that offer fruits, vegetables, and other fine products at prices that exceed by just a few cents what you can find in a conventional farmers market and for sure differ significantly from the prices of organic products offered by supermarkets and retail stores.

Organic Fruit Market
Organic Fruit Market

 

At the organic markets, you will find products from all over Greece, while the growers themselves are on the counters to explain the production methods and answer any questions you may have. Organic farmers support mild farming, so their products are not tampered with. They also prefer prevention methods for weed control and treatment of diseases, rather than pesticides. Therefore, the fruits and vegetables here may not look perfect, but they have the perfect taste, as they retain their aromas and vitamins intact. In addition, they do not contain genetically modified ingredients, while most additives are prohibited during cultivation.

In terms of animal feed now, animals grow and thrive in environments that are close to their needs and nature, while their breeders do not adopt the destructive methods of mass production.

On the counters, in addition to fruits and vegetables, you will find legumes, honey, molasses, olive oil, olives, eggs, wines, nuts, cheeses, processed products, cereals, flour, jams, pastries, plants, aloe vera preparations, dried, capers, herbs, bean products or soaps.

Veggie Stand
Veggie Stand

 

What are Organic Products?

The term ‘organic products’ refers to those foods for which no chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used, nor various synthetic or plant hormones to achieve greater volume, better color, and simultaneous maturation. The term ‘organic products’ has now added livestock products in which the whole production process is controlled (feed, breeding, processing, sale).

Bitter Melon
Bitter Melon

 

Why choose Organic Products?

Organic products compared to conventional ones are much healthier because to cultivate them no hormones, fertilizers, vitamins or antibiotics, were used.

  • They do not contain chemicals harmful to health and the environment, such as herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, or chemical fertilizers.
  • They contain more vitamins and minerals than conventionally grown products.
  • They have a lower water content, with the result that the nutrients are in greater concentration in the edible parts of the plants.
  • They are less processed and therefore purer. Irradiation as well as other processes are not allowed.
  • They do not contain genetically modified ingredients. In organic farming, the use of ingredients from genetically modified organisms is not allowed.
  • They have fewer additives. As many additives that are dangerous to health should not be used in organic products.
  • They have fewer antibiotics (foods of animal origin). Organically bred animals are developed in conditions that aim to maximize the health and well-being of the animals through the maintenance of high-quality and balanced nutrition, as well as an environment that meets their needs.
Fresh Onions
Fresh Onions

 

How do we know that the products we bought are Organic?

For the consumer, the only and simple way to identify organic products is the certification mark from an approved organization on the product label or the presentation of the certificate by the producer or trader.

Where are the Organic Farmers’ Markets in Attica?

Monday 

Kifissia 

Every Monday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Kifissia for fresh Greek certified organic products from the producers themselves. It is the largest Organic Farmers Market in Greece and Europe. It hosts about 100 organic farmers from K. Karamanli Street to the end of Kokkinara Street until its junction with Panagias Eleftherotrias Street, in Politia.

Opening Hours:

Summer: 16.00-19.30 / Winter: 14.00-17.30

Nea Smyrni 

Every Monday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Nea Smyrni for organic products. It hosts about 30 organic farmers on the side street of 221 Syggrou Avenue.

Opening Hours: 14: 00-17: 30 all year round.

Peristeri 

The Organic Farmers Market in Peristeri hosts about 15 organic farmers at the junction of Paros and Demosthenous streets, next to the playground.

Opening Hours:

Summer: 16.30-19.30 / Winter: 14.30-17.30

Chaidari 

The Organic Farmers Market in Chaidari hosts about 10 organic farmers on Filopappou Street, behind the new City Hall of Chaidari.

Opening Hours: 14: 00-18: 00 all year round

Olives
Olives

 

Tuesday 

Neo Iraklio 

Every Tuesday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Neo Iraklio. It hosts about 65 organic farmers at the junction of Koundouriotou and El. Venizelou, behind the "Three Stars" Cinema.

Opening Hours:

Summer: 16.00-19.30 / Winter: 14.30-17.30

Paleo Psychiko 

Every Tuesday visit the Organic Farmers Market in Paleo Psychiko. It hosts about 70 organic farmers under shady pines at the edge of the Psychiko Grove, next to Arsakeio at the junction of Prigipissis Eleni and Nikolaos Stratigou Kallari streets, outside the Municipal Psychiko Tennis Court.

Opening Hours: 14:00 -18: 00 all year round

Cucumbers
Cucumbers

 

Wednesday 

Ilioupolis

The market of Ilioupoli hosts about 75 organic farmers and takes place on Alexandrou Papanastasiou Street. The market extends from the side street of Vouliagmeni Avenue to Iros Konstantopoulou Street.

Opening Hours: 16:00 to 19:30 all year round

Piraeus 

Every Wednesday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Piraeus. It hosts about 25 organic farmers at the junction of Kleisovis and Hadjikyriakou streets, next to the Hadjikyriakeio Foundation.

Opening Hours: 14:00 - 17:30 all year round

Filothei 

It hosts about 35 organic farmers at the junction of Stratigou Ventiri and Agia Filothei streets.

Opening Hours: 14:30 - 18:30 all year round.

Chalandri 

Every Wednesday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Chalandri for fresh Greek certified organic products from the producers themselves. It hosts about 25 organic farmers at the junction of Timfristou and Ioannina streets, on the Square.

Opening Hours: 14:00 - 18:00 all year round

Avocados
Avocados

 

Thursday 

Gerakas 

Every Thursday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Gerakas. It hosts about 70 organic farmers at the junction of Ethnikis Antistaseos and Mavrovouniotou streets, in the middle of Ethnikis Antistaseos street.

Opening Hours:

Summer: 16.00-19.30 / Winter: 14.30-17.30

Thrakomakedones 

Every Thursday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Thrakomakedones for fresh Greek certified organic products from the producers themselves. It hosts about 10 organic farmers at the junction of Zafeiraki and Makedonomachon streets on Albanella Square.

Opening Hours: 13: 30-18: 30 all year round

Paleo Faliro

The Organic Farmers Market in Paleo Faliro accommodates about 60 organic farmers starting from the Restio Swimming Pool to the free parking lot of Tae Kwon Do.

Opening Hours:

Summer: 16.00-19.30 / Winter: 14.30-17.30

Petroupolis 

The Organic Farmers Market in Petroupoli hosts about 10 organic farmers at the junction of Crete and Dodecanese streets at the entrance of the Botanical Garden.

Opening Hours: 14: 30-17: 30 all year round

Eggs
Eggs

 

Friday 

Agia Varvara

Every Friday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Agia Varvara for fresh certified organic products by the producers themselves. It hosts about 15 organic farmers at the junction of El. Venizelou and Meg. Alexandrou, on the pedestrian street of Koundouriotou.

Opening Hours: 13:30 - 17:30 all year round

Kaisariani 

Every Friday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Kaisariani. It hosts about 25 organic farmers at the junction of Solomonidou and Philadelphia streets behind the Near East stadium.

Opening Hours:

Summer: 16: 00-19: 30 / Winter: 14.30-17.30

Nea Ionia 

The Organic Farmers Market in Nea Ionia hosts about 25 organic farmers at 4 Patriarchou Ioakeim Street.

Opening Hours: 13:30 - 17: 30 all year round

Cholargos

Every Friday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Cholargos. It hosts about 45 organic farmers on Syros Street, next to the Town Hall of Papagou - Cholargos.

Opening Hours:

Summer: 16: 00-19: 30 / Winter: 14.30-17.30

Artichokes
Artichokes

 

Saturday 

Voula 

Every Saturday, shop at the Organic Farmers Market in Voula. It houses about 50 organic farmers on Nireos Street (at the height between Iras and Zeus streets).

Opening Hours: 09: 00-14: 00 all year round

Eleusina 

Every Saturday, visit the Organic Farmers Market in Eleusina. It hosts about 15 organic farmers at the junction of Ioannou Agathou and Dimitros streets, behind the City Hall of Eleusina.

Opening Hours: 09: 00-14: 00 all year round

Ilion

The Organic Farmers Market in Ilion hosts about 70 organic farmers in Dimokratias Avenue, at the entrance of the Escape Center in the Park "A. Tritsi ".

Opening Hours: 09: 00-14: 00 all year round

Vegetable Stand
Vegetable Stand

 

Sunday

Porto Rafti 

Every Sunday, the Organic Farmers' Market in Porto Rafti, which hosts about 15 organic farmers at the junction of G. Gregou and Myrrinountos Avenues.

Opening Hours: 09: 00-14: 00 all year round

For a little cooking inspiration, read our Top Traditional Greek Products for a Mediterranean Diet, and write down a list of products for you to buy at an Organic Market.

For our vegetarian friends out there, our ‘Vegetarians’ Greek Cuisine Paradise’ is a great read to get some excellent ideas on what ingredients to buy to make a tasty Greek Vegetarian Dish.

Last but not least, we have the perfect Gemista Recipe for you! Note the ingredients and off to the organic farmers’ market you go!