In which we go shopping and are amazed…
Anyone who has been to Central America has probably been to a feria or farmers market and will be so unamazed by this post. We were amazed. The San Isidro feria is said to be the largest in Costa Rica and it’s just impossible to get a photo of this place.
I suppose you can see about half if it here.
It’s loud and crowded but full of friendly people who are very proud of their produce. There are mangos, papayas, pineapple
passion fruit, apples, bananas, plantains, cantaloupe, oranges, lemons, limes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, tomatoes, coconuts, lettuce, sweet peppers, onions, carrots, beets, celery, cilantro, broccoli, kale, beans, peanuts, coco powder, coffee, and some things I haven’t figured out. In addition there is chicken, eggs, goat milk, feta cheese, and a kind of very mild white cheese that is only remarkable in that it is always available everywhere and always tastes the same.
Indeed the Costa Rican diet is very nutritious but simple. By simple I mean foods that don’t require a lot of time to produce – that white cheese for example. Sure there are ingredients to make a great variety of cheeses but I guess this would require more time and energy than people want to invest.
I assume they would rather spend time with their families and that kind of love and attention shows up in the faces of the people we meet here.
Here is what we came back with for less than 25 USD and the chicken and cheese are in the fridge already.