Buying vegetables is always a challenge.
I try to do my vegetable and salad shopping at the Machaneh Yehudah shuq (open-air market). And one of my son's lives nearby so I get to either drop off mail for him or get a glass of water.
I have, by now, regular 'bastas' (basta is our word for market stall although I don't really know the etymology) and to my luck, I'll get very good service as yesterday, when the pieces of pumpkin were not inviting.
The stall owner simply opened up another, every large one even at the end of the day:
A great stall owner.