|An unbelievable amount of citrus fruits here!|
|It is so good to see fresh things!|
|The locals call these "pumpkin" but they look|
like varieties of what we call "squash."
In Panama City, Vicky and I went to the local farmers/wholesale market. It was somewhat like Eastern Market in Detroit, but not as clean. The one we visited had permanent stalls as well as some under a common roof.
It was organized by the type of foods so it was easy to compare between vendors. Our biggest challenge was the language. Fortunately, we found a taxi driver who would stay with us and translate. He also carried everything to the car and unloaded it at the dock. Mario was a blessing on such a hot day in the dusty market.
|It was difficult asking for the cost of an item without|
speaking Spanish. I had to depend on Mario.
|It is a busy place on Saturday.|
I found such good bargains there. A whole sack -as in 25 pounds - of oranges was $5 and a sack of grapefruit was only $4! Now think of what you are paying in the market at home! These look like produce that would be used for processing and not in your store. There is nothing wrong with them; they just aren't pretty like the ones we like to pick out individually. The taste is wonderful and they are very juicy.
|Wow! Fresh parsley and romaine. It is hard to find fresh|
greens. I miss my cello packed romaine that lasts!
|Truly Mother Nature's palette of colors!|
It is hard to find lemons as we know them. The ones here are somewhat orange in color inside. The limes are yellow on the outside. They had green ones like we have at home, but the vendor was insistent that I wouldn't like them because they were not yet ripe. So I bought the yellow ones and he was right! They are sweeter yet still tart. You learn something new everyday.
|Back on the boat, everything was soaked in|
saltwater over the side of the boat and then
given a fresh water rinse and dried before
storing. Just need to keep bugs off the boat!
I am sure my shopping and cooking will become even more comical as we continue westward into the more remote islands. I understand that some of them have no official currency so we will be trading goods. I hope I have brought along the right things to trade!
So far I haven't had any complaints from the crew so I will keep being creative with what I have available on any given day!