John and I love to shop for groceries at a local family-run market in the Piazza delle Coppelle, Antica Frutteria Delle Coppelle.
We consider it to be "our market".
It is run by the Giammatteo family. Front and centre is the gregarious Marco.
The market sells fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs, olive oil and mozzarella cheese
and is always bustling with local shoppers.
Let's meet the family -- starting with Marco's father
and his charming mother who always has fresh strawberries ready for us.
Then there is his sister
and her husband. Everyone is always busy handling and preparing produce or attending to customers.
We've been enjoying the sweet cherries
and lush spinach
and only wish we had the cooking facilities to deep-fry the zucchini blossoms.
We enjoy the local lemons.
Broccolini has been appearing in the menus of local restaurants.
There are always tubs of clean water refreshing the veggies and herbs.
Signora Giammatteo letting a customer smell her fresh flowers.
Such a welcoming place to start the day!