Photos by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
The "shuk" is an open air farmers market, though often containing more than just farm goods. While the most famous Israeli shuk is Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, most towns have a local shuk (some only on certain days of the week)...
Eggplants and Peppers are looking big, bright and fresh...
Tomatoes and cucumbers are stables in Israel, but are not in season at the moment. The out of season crop is not as nice. (Unlike the US, Israel does not import out of season vegetables, most are coming from hothouses.)
A young couple is out shopping for Shabbos at the shuk. Looks like the peppers have their attention.
Yehuda the Shuk Guy is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, with an honest uncomplicated faith in Hashem. He brings fresh quality produce from his nearby Moshav (group farming community). Short a little money to cover the bill, he trusts you to come back "another time". Good or bad weather, he knows Hashem is the source of his parnosa (income), and every transaction comes with a smile and blessing.
Ahh, the olive guy. If you like olives, he's got a mix you'll love. Spicy, sweet, tangy, yum.
When it comes to Shabbos treats, there is no place like the shuk! The candy man has a selection to bring a smile to every child, and parnosa to the local dentist.
And so we finish our shopping and carry our bags of tasty veggies home.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא