Flaneur’s Gallery: Market Day in Costa Rica

A market in Feria, Costa Rica. [Photo by Tom Roberts]
A market in Feria, Costa Rica. [Photo by Tom Roberts]

There’s more snow and ice here this morning. A stroll through a farmer’s market in the Tropic of Cancer would be a welcome respite. Thanks, Tom! Tell us more.

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6 Responses to Flaneur’s Gallery: Market Day in Costa Rica

  1. tomrobertstennessee says:

    Hi Mark,
    This feria (market) is every Saturday in the city, Heredia, which is about 10 miles from San Jose, the capital. This photo is one corner of a sprawling produce, fish and meat market embracing about two city blocks. One fruit and vegetable stand is equally enticing as another. More than 75% of the produce is grown within a fifteen mile radius of the market in some of richest volcanic soil in the world, similar to Hawaii’s, and the varying altitudes allow for a wide variety of produce, including some usually confined to more temperate regions. The little sodas (diners) around here serve incredible little meals with everything fresh. The central valley of Costa Rica is the macrobiotic dieter’s dream come true.

  2. Mark Willis says:

    Mmm… sounds good. What is the local specialty for beans and rice?

  3. tomrobertstennessee says:

    The local specialty for beans and rice is “el casado.” Almost every restaurant and local soda serves its own version, usually comprised of one meat (fish, chicken or pork), black or red beans, rice, fried platanos (plantains), a salad with vinegar and some type of vegetable. The perfect drink with a casado is a “betido,” a smoothie made with a fresh tropical fruit milk and ice. Some of the exotic fruits here can`t be found anywhere in the continental U.S., like–guanabana, tamarindo and guayaba. Over the years, Kimberly and I have tried casados in restaurants throughout Costa Rica. The most exotic (and poetic) restaurant we’ve discovered is in the mountains near the small town Turrialba. The name of the restaurant is El Posado de la luna. The owner, who is about 90 years old has been in business since the 50’s. The restaurant serves a fresh, hot corn tortilla as large and thick as a Canadian pancake. It tastes like fresh sweet corn, and you dip it in sour cream.

  4. Megamind says:

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  6. Mark Willis says:

    Please do, Stefanie. Thanks!

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