Exploring Istanbul’s urban food system on the Princes’ Islands

I’ve started writing for the Miracle of Feeding Cities, a website that explores the urban food system in some of the world’s major cities. The project is supported by the University of Texas at Austin and it is a great initiative that has got me thinking more critically about Istanbul’s food system and the sustainability of our current food practices.

Check out my article on the Princes’ Islands where I took a look at the islands’ food distribution system and its opportunities and challenges. A big shoutout goes to Gurkan for helping me with the interviews and research and Becky Altinman for being extremely helpful throughout every step of the process – providing first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to live on Buyukada, how the locals navigate the local food landscape, and connecting me with the friendly people of Plus Kitchen!

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One thought on “Exploring Istanbul’s urban food system on the Princes’ Islands

  1. What a pleasant new discovery of a website, Miracle of Feeding Cities! I’ve been a long-time local grocer shopper and farmers’ markets. I only go to Carrefour for my sourdough bread, but am faithful to my rule of buying fruit and veggies at a local grocer, though they can be more expensive sometimes. I’ve become accustomed to bargaining after 2 years of living in Istanbul, though sometimes the sellers are annoyed with me buying only two cucumbers, one peach, two tomatoes, etc. 🙂 I prefer to shop often than stock up.
    I’ve never thought about how people, besides rich villa owners, live on the Princes’ Islands. The next time I visit the islands, I will pay more attention. Thanks.

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