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We went to Stabroek Market, early this morning, at 6:30 am. It was a great outing and despite the rain and the overflowing trenches, we braved the drizzle and went shopping for greens.

The market was constructed by the Edgemoor iron Company of Delaware, USA over the period of 1880 – 1881. It is a construct of iron and steel,  designed by an American engineer Nathaniel McKay and covers an area of about 7,000 m2. It has a prominent clock tower redolent of the Victorian era.

The Stabroek market area is very busy being a central hub for taxis and “minibuses” and also for ferries that transport people and goods from all towns and villages along the Demerara river.

There were way fewer people than usual, but the sellers were all upbeat. People exhorted us to buy corn and potatoes for porridge. The cassava, sweet potato and eddo are something I’ve got to find a use for. Perhaps make the gluten free concoction I used to cook before, in Dar es Salaam. But that had millets in it. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to locate millets here, although there’s barley that’s available for porridge.

Stabroek vegetable market is a busy market, but I was impressed by the bundles of fresh Pak choy, Callalloo, thyme, parsley, root vegetables, copious quantities of plantain, great many pines (pineapples), gourd vegetables and even lettuce. There was one seller who asked if I wanted ‘Katahal’ (Jackfruit). It’s never ceases to amaze me, the use of Indian words in everyday parlance.

Needless to say, I love vegetable markets (and yes, meat markets as well). But there’s nothing like shopping for your greens out in the open, under an incessant drizzle, in natural light and a warm tropical breeze.

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