Wednesday, August 22, 2012
This wasn't one of your "California" farmers markets - hastily set up on the weekends where you can sample cheese and sausage and buy freshly squeezed lemonade for $8 a cup. This market, located in an industrial building with NO A/C, is open seven days a week from 6 am to 8 pm. If you exit out the back of the building, you will find independent merchants set up in open air booths - hawking pyramids of produce, dried beans and spices and pineapple and mango snacks on a stick.
A faintly sweet aroma was the first thing that hit me when we walked inside the main farmers market building, which was odd because I expected a more earthy and farm-like smell from the produce. It became apparent pretty quickly that I have no idea what fresh fruit and veg smell like. The bonus to this market is that it caters to mainly Hispanic clientele, so there was a variety of different spices and peppers pervasive throughout. We saw beach ball sized watermelon, jicama, prickly pear cactus and a multitude of fruit / veg that I've never seen or heard of before (what is that green, furry looking fruit or vegetable above in my pictures?) Make sure your Spanish-speaking skills are up to snuff if you want to bargain but everything there was much cheaper than at a big box supermarket. The vibrant colours, smells and textures are something that I'm coming back for - that and the Hispanic bakery across the street. I feel like I've stumbled upon a gold mine here in town.
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