As I mentioned in my Hispanic Festival post before, last weekend I visited the Soulard neighborhood to check out their well-known farmers market. I had been there once before (always never enough time to fully explore) but I returned again, this time with my camera in tow.
The sights, smells, and crowdedness were just as I remembered it. Local farmers come here to sell their fruits and vegetables on select days of the week. My favorite part is being able to find great deals and even strike a bargain here. $1 for a bunch of bananas! $1 for 4 mandarins!
Bargaining for goods is a practice that I always wished would catch on in America. Whenever I go to China (or Mexico), I feel so inept when I go to the market and want to buy something but can’t haggle the price down to what I want! It’s definitely a practiced skill that children learn from observing adult relatives doing it. So, I usually just leave my cousin who grew up and lives in China to haggle for me.
Exotic goods were sold in this market. For example:
I didn’t see it that day, but last time, I saw venison, rabbit meat, and even possum.
You can also treat yourself with a little somethin’ somethin:’
Another interesting find at the market were the live animals:
There were also rabbits, but for whatever reason I chose to take pics of only chickens. Last time I also visited a small pet shop around there, but it was either closed for the weekend or closed for good (thanks animal rights activists).
Have you ever been to a farmers market? What kinds of interesting things did you see or buy?
Thanks for reading!