I am nostalgic! Is it because of the grey December days in Eastbourne? Who knows? Suddenly I miss the Romanian markets, the colourful stalls full of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables (the mountains of juicy cabbages, red potatoes in cone style packs, the egg shaped red grapes, the red onions, perfumed quinces) negotiating with the stall owners, chatting with the occasional neighbours one meets in between the stalls.
There are no proper street markets in Eastbourne. The supermarkets, hypermarkets bring you shiny products in plastic bags, hygienized ( I really miss seeing some earth on the carrots and potatoes), tasteless most of the time but looking gorgeous. So much form without the substance!
5 years down the line and ................ there is HOPE! 6 weeks ago a couple of Algerians, absolutely adorable, decided to risk it all, blend their natural negotiating instincts, customer care and taste of fresh produce and open a shop in Terminus Road. What a discovery it was for me!
It is not only a shop! It is a place where you are encouraged to try exotic (for me) products, you are mentored how to cook them, and all of this with a genuine smile and warmth! What an asset for Eastbourne! May their venture flourish and I do hope that the Eastbourners will support this young but oh so needed venture.
So, remember! The best and cost effective fruits and vegetables in Eastbourne can be found at 223 Terminus Road close to the Pier end! See you there!