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Our First Trip to the Farmer's Market

In our general area, there is a farmer’s market on just about every day of the week. On Thursday (July 13), we visited the giant indoor farmer’s market in San Isidro Del General. It did not disappoint!

Before we got started, we had the most amazing lunch upstairs. There were four or five vendors serving cafeteria style. I have no idea exactly what we ate because we are not speaking Spanish yet, but it tasted like slow-cooked love on a plate and in a bowl. (We start our Spanish instruction next week and I definitely want to start with food so I can ask questions at the farmer’s market.)

The photos below were taken from the dining area on the second floor.

I felt like a kid in a candy store and wanted to buy one of everything, but it’s just the two of us so I tried to keep it together. We purchased staples like coffee (we sampled from two vendors and bought both – AMAZING), cream, cheese, eggs, dried spices, potatoes, onions, garlic, lettuce, and organic cold pressed coconut oil. We found fresh and organic mint, ginger, and turmeric. We bought a some fruits we know well like lemons, oranges, apples and the most beautiful mangos. We bought a zucchini large enough to feed a family of eight. We also ventured out a bought a yuca which I have never prepared, salacca (it looks like a dragon egg but is sweet and is delicious), and uchuva (referred to as gooseberries and taste like candy.)

The green citrus are lemons - lemons are green on the outside in Costa Rica.When we vis ited Costa Rica in the past, I ordered lemonade and it is often served blended with ice and fresh mint. AMAZNG! I made a batch of mint-lemonade from some of my lemons and a batch of watermelon-mint-lemonade. I can't wait to get started on the rest.

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