Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador – Local Market
I go to the Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador local market at least 3 times a week….sometimes every day! It seems I always need some fresh coconut or a dozen eggs or something. I love that I just walk 4 blocks to the market….actually it seems everything in Bahia is just 3-4 blocks away. It’s a small “ walking town” and all the shops in El Centro are close by with the main attraction being the semi open air market. The Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador local market provides a large selection of fish and shrimp; meats such as beef, pork and chicken, with the largest area devoted to fruits and veggies. The main building is open every day, 365 day a year from about 6:30AM to noon or a bit later, especially on the big days like Saturday. The market area spills out over a city block with several stores dotted around the perimeter that stay open till around 5:00 PM in the afternoon. One of my favorites sells all the fruits and veggies as well as dry goods like toilet paper, spice, cheese and milk. It makes for easy one stop shopping…and I can always grab a triciclo to carry me back to the condo when I am loaded down with bags of produce, a jug of coconut water and a watermelon! It costs 50 cents for a nice quiet ride and a little chat with the driver to practice some Spanish along the way.
The local market is one of the things I love best about living in Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador. Not all the produce is organic or chemical/spray free. Ecuador is experiencing the push of big agricultural companies to use sprays and chemicals to help increase yield etc, but I still think we are pretty much GMO free. The strawberries, even though they are greenhouse raised, give you a fabulous burst of flavor in your mouth! The beef I buy is grass fed. I have had that conversation with Roberto at the corner butcher shop where I buy beef and pork. We see cattle being raised in the valley just north of here and they are out grazing in the field, not in a feed lot being force fed grains and antibiotics. Generally, I feel the quality of meats is far superior because of it’s 1 day delivery to the market and also because of less processing. The carrots and potatoes still have dirt on them. The cauliflower is still wrapped in the big green leaves it grew in to protect it. The chickens were probably butchered early in the morning and they still have pin feathers here and there. I buy “Lomo Fino” (fillet mignon) trim it and slice my own thick steaks…no plastic Styrofoam trays or plastic film wrapping….just the plastic bags to transport it home! Can you tell I love Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador? I am thriving living here on the coast. More on Ecuador coastal weather coming soon!
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