Market Day

Each Sunday is the big market in Curahuasi.  The fruits and vegetables change a little with the seasons, but for the most part we have a good variety all year long. Usually this is the day we stock up for the next week and do all our cleaning and disinfecting.  When you buy your broccoli here (or just about any other fruit/veggi) you can’t just rinse it off before eating it.  It needs to be disinfected (we use bleach because it is cheap).  After it sits in the solution 5-10 minutes we rinse it off and let it dry.  Its easier to do this on the front end so during the week you can pull things out of the fridge and use them immediately.  It also cuts down on confusion, “Hey Konika, is this apple safe to eat?”. It turns out to be quite a process and a decent portion of our Sunday often involves buying and disinfecting everything.  Usually the whole family is involved and it normally isn’t all that bad, but sometimes you still wish for your neighborhood Publix.   🙂

We often use Sunday to make some applesauce or tomato sauce also. You can find tomato sauce here, it just isn’t very good, and you just don’t see applesauce much.

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Many come from small villages in the mountains to stock up or sell their items

Lots of fruit.  We've been excited the past few weeks with some small cantaloupes.

Lots of fruit. We’ve been excited the past few weeks with some small cantaloupes.

Fruits and vegetables all over the kitchen.

Fruits and vegetables all over the kitchen.

 

Kids finding tomatoes in our small garden (actually I think Benjamin is killing ants)

Kids finding tomatoes in our small garden (actually I think Benjamin is killing ants)

Those plants are producing!

Those plants are producing!

 

Making delicious tomato sauce from our tomatoes

Making delicious tomato sauce from our tomatoes

Cutting up apples for applesauce.

Cutting up apples for applesauce.

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