The organic farmer’s in San José, Costa Rica.
I had the pleasure of getting shown around the organic market on Saturday; such a different culture than the Escazú market!
Arranged around a neighborhood soccer field in a little valley, each vendor set up under a bamboo tent. It was slightly smaller than the Escazú market but just as busy. We were able to find the basics at slightly higher organic markup; greens, beets, coconuts, mangoes, unidentifiable fruits and/or vegetables… But here, catering to the hippie and expat (expatriate) crowd the market attracts, you can find all things organic; goat milk cheeses, herbs, honey, chocolate, coffee… It has a very different vibe. There are more prepared food vendors, too, with empinadas, brownies, and made to order items like flatbread pizzas with fresh cheese and tostadas. I found some amazing organic bread (not as good as Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery) that temporarily subdues the carbohydrate cravings. They also have a breakfast area where you can sit and have a traditional Caribbean Costa Rican breakfast: gallo pinto; omlete with mushrooms, scallion and soft cheese; cabbage salad; and fried plantains. All served with an amazing coconut-chilé salsa and all for ¢3000, or about $6.
- Organic wheat bread and a banana-chocolate chip loaf (perfect sliced and kept in the freezer!)
- Whipped Honey (has the consistency of marshmallows)
- Soft Cheese
- Collard Greens
- Cappuccino (didn’t make it home)
It isn’t as cost effective as Escazú’s Saturday market but it was a fun change of pace, especially the breakfast. Below is a video of the market. It’s promoting hula-hoops but at least you can see the area.
Enjoy! – Jes