It was an early Saturday Morning. (8am is early for me) I had been working until 2 am the previous night but I was determined to make it to the Feria Agricola y Artesanal (Agricultural and Crafts Fair). A weekly event in Puerto Viejo filled with amazing fruits, vegetables, dairy, home made: Chocolates, bread, honey and much more... A joy for both the taste buds and the eyes.Located in the center of town in the space that is normally reserved for the PV Flea Market, right next to the hardware store. If something catches your eye and is foreign to you, don't hesitate to ask questions. The purveyors are very proud of their products and love to share information... and sometimes a taste!
As you can see it is not huge unlike some of the 2 city block long farmer's markets in Chicago, but there is plenty to take in.
First stop: A cup of much needed coffee courtesy of Paul from Caribeans Coffee and Chocolates. Now I can almost fully open my eyes.
Here are some of the great products that Caribeans offers: Organic and Fair Trade - Coffee, Cacao, Chocolate and Honey.
Conveniently right next to Caribeans is a young lady making empenadas from scratch. Chicken, beef or Vegie... "One of each please" Yum!
Now with my hands full with a cup of coffee and 3 empenadas I go to take a look around... and take some pictures. (I'm sure it was a funny site)
Eggs eggs eggs. I almost never see a white egg here in Costa Rica. I also noticed that the yolks are much more delicate than the eggs I find in the States. The
yolk always breaks.
There is a flower and plant vendor there. Who always has a beautiful selection.
One of the fruit and Veg vendors I regularly visit. I doubt he is Jewish but I see a lot of people wearing a Star of David here, I need to ask him why next time.
Ana smell testing the first Bell Peper I have found here. It was so fragrant and full of flavor. I hope they return.
A whole cooler full of homemade Natilla (in Costa Rica Natilla is similar to Sour Cream)
There is no shortage of Plantains here.
It's also not to difficult to find Bananas.. they grow in my back yard.
These are "Snake Fruit" or Salak. Very tasty. Native to Bali, a local botanical garden introduced the palm has been harvesting them. Here is some good info - http://gardenhealth.info/2011/04/23/snake-fruit-salak-exotic-strange-and-delicious/
Lots of little kids with their family.
Que grande! Big onions. About as fresh as they get. Thanks for visiting. You can find more photos of the Market here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yippytrip/sets/72157627312785903/with/6044591193/ Please feel free to pass on this link.