Fall harvest in Izmir Province

We flew from Istanbul to Izmir in the southwestern coast of Turkey, and then drove further south to Kusadasi (pronounced cu-sha’-da-see), stopping along the way to visit a small farming village. Agricultural products of all sorts are produced here: peaches, apricots, quince, plums, a multitude of vegetables, and of course olives. Orchards are irrigated from streams run-off of local mountains or from wells, and the landscape could easily be mistaken for many places in California.

A woman making flatbread stuffed with chopped spinach, lettuce, onion, and cheese. It was delicious.

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The fall harvest of fruits and vegetables were for sale at a roadside stand. We stopped to learn about olive production.

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One grape vine with a trunk about 1 foot across supplied all the foliage that covered over the entire patio area, and the clusters of grapes hung down where they could easily be harvested.

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Quince fruit was just ripening. We saw these trees in mixed orchards, as well as in the backyard.

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We ended the day sipping drinks on the terrace of our hotel in Kusadasi overlooking the Aegean Sea. Idyllic!

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