No matter where I go, far or near, I always enjoy a trip to the market. It’s summer here in Canada, the height of the harvest season and I love going out to buy baskets of tomatoes, peaches, plums, zucchini, potatoes … fresh, local and delicious.
This week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is to share pictures of MARKETS.
These can be photos of your local farmers market, night market, green grocers or superstore. If you’re like me and love visiting markets in foreign places, share those too.
When I went to Hungary, I made a point of seeing the Great Market Hall in Budapest. The cheese, meats and vegetables were fabulous but I was specifically searching for authentic Hungarian paprika. No surprise, nearly every stall sold paprika in both whole and powdered form. What was a surprise was the startling array of choice.
There are eight different flavor profiles in Hungarian paprika, from mild and bright red to spicy, pungent, and pale orange. The most common is the bright red variety called édesnemes, which has a strong peppery flavor and sweetness. And then there is the smoked variety which adds a third dimension of heady aroma. Of course any trip to the market is topped off with a meal and Gulyás makes a perfect lunch.
In Seoul’s Gwangjang Market I was impressed by the variety of fresh and preserved foods. Dried fish is a delicacy and shops had banners of daintily tied mullets hanging from the rafters. Kimchi is made on site, along with other fermented vegetables.
In South Korea, meals are normally served with little side dishes (banchan) composed of cold cooked vegetables and pickles. Most of these condiments are purchased pre-made at the market. Pickled raw seafood is apparently a favorite. I was fascinated by a huge tub of little crabs marinating in salt and chili powder. I was offered a sample but I couldn’t muster enough nerve to try it.
Closer to home on Vancouver Island, I’m a fan of a non-profit culinary food group that connects restaurants, families and businesses to regional farmers and food producers. Super fresh produce is locally sourced and sold to order by weight, variety box or by item at the weekend food market. My Food Lovers Box was a treat. Juicy berries, luscious peaches, snappy beans, vividly flavored carrots … and kale. Sorry, I don’t get kale. I tried cooking the beast and it only got tougher! What kind of vegetable is this 😖
I look forward to seeing your MARKET photos. Kale redemption recipes optional. Feel free to use your photo archives or take new pictures the next time you go shopping.
Remember to include a link to this post and a comment below, so that I and others can find your response.
This week’s challenge for MARKET goes up to Thursday, after which Amanda at StPA will post a new Friendly Friday challenge.
Toronto, Canada. August 2020