Spanning approximately two blocks, la feria is where everyone buys their weeks worth of fruits and vegetables. Nick, our friend Scott from Minnesota, and I quickly put this at the top of our list of things to do and set out to tackle some new ground.
It was a hot and extremely sunny morning; the kind of sun that beats down on you, laughing, reminding you that sunscreen would have been a nice idea.
Upon arrival, we immediately had to taste the fare; fresh coconut water and a hot chicken kebab. My first taste of street food and it was amazing.
Most vendors offered the standard local produce – bunches of white and red onions, plantains, mangoes, papaya, Costa Rican cilantro (much much larger), potatoes, and a variety of fruits and/or vegetables that I had never seen before. I found some beautiful corn I hope to test out and the strawberries Nick bought were bright red and delicious. The cost of produce here is so much cheaper than the AutoMercado and the Fresh Market down the street it seems ridiculous not to wait until market each week.
Language was somewhat of an issue for us, mainly when dealing with currency, but we always managed to communicate. In preparation for this coming Saturday we’ll have to study our numbers.
We had a blast and can’t wait for next week.
- Come hungry, you won’t be disappointed
- Bring your own bags, backpacks, or carts
- Watch your belongings – we didn’t have any issues but you’re shoulder to shoulder with everyone around you
- Walk end-to-end before you buy, scope out prices and who looks the friendliest
- Practice your numbers – 100, 200… 1000, 2000… etc