La Feria de Escazú, Costa Rica

Every Saturday, along the park and Catholic Church of Escazú, a farmer’s market is held.

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.

Iglesia San Miguel Arcángel - St. Michael the Archangel Church

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.

In short:

  • 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

This one's for you, mom!

Two very happy guys, post market


6 responses to “La Feria de Escazú, Costa Rica

  1. So fun to see pictures of the market, the produce, and the river. I’m assuming the river is the one near your house? You’re really doing it, getting to experience another culture!!! Gail

  2. Delicious! Can’t wait to see the market — and cook the bounty. Thanks, Jessie, for making it all come alive for us.

  3. Please tell me you bought some of those beautiful berries……Yummy! Can not tell you how I look forward to your next post. I know what you will be doing on Saturday mornings!

  4. Wish I was there for just one visit to that market. I bet your mom died when she saw that picture. The town pictures were so beautiful. I was telling your mom that I didn’t know you could write so well. You could work for National Geographic. Can’t wait to get my updates so I can leave here for just a little while through your eyes and words that take me away.

  5. We did this once, but guess it didn’t take.
    We absolutely are stunned by the professional postings of Photos and comments. We look forward to new additions.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Grandpa and Grandma D.

    • It is so good to hear from you and I’m glad you like the posts. We are well, enjoying ourselves here and loving exploring ourselves and our surroundings. And meeting new people!

      Love and miss you, Nick and Jessie.

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