I remember reading The Geography of Bliss a few years ago (and not liking it much, but that's not the point here) and how people in Moldova kept telling the author how fresh the vegetables were in the summer. The author had traveled there (in the winter) because people were supposed to be very unhappy in Moldova and apparently all they could think of that was nice about the country was the fresh produce. Silly book.
Anyway. The vegetables really are very fresh here. That is unquestionably one of my favorite things about living here, plus all the wonderful things people do with their vegetables. I did run off to the bazaar early this morning and got 4 eggplants and a kilo each of peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers for $2.50. The apricots are perfectly ripe and delicious, there are all sorts of berries, and the melons are just coming in.
And you can go to the bazaar before 8 AM and find all of that. Fresh vegetables are worth talking about all winter. And there's more to post-Soviet countries than apparently miserable people.