Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pochote Mercado in Xochimilco, Oaxaca, Organic local Market

Well, this is the Market that we visit almost every Friday & Saturday (and Sundays in December).

Many thanks to Lorena (our friend in Ukiah from Oaxaca) for letting us know about it.  It's in a lovely courtyard of a Parish Church (La Parroquia de Santo Tomás Zochilmilco, as the sign says) right across the street from where her father (a real caballero) lives and it reminds us of the Farmers Market in Ukiah, but it's smaller, has more food stalls, and has a very international flavor.  We love it!

The video starts with xylophone players and then moves to a stall where one woman hand makes tortillas and puts them on a big metal charcoal-heated disk.
Another woman takes the warmed tortillas and adds layers of nopales, shredded chicken breast, beans, chopped veggies, pork, or other goodies to order.  Then they are topped with a choice of four salsas (mild, medium, hot, or extra hot).

The finished products with hot salsa rojo and mild salsa verde.
They cost 10 pesos each, which at today's exchange rate comes to all of 84 cents!  Then there's a woman with a white scarf  who makes hot chocolate.  The video goes on to show stalls with people selling tamales, ginger, lotions, cold agua de Flor de Jamaica, shawls, and various kinds of nuts.

We have made many new friends at this market:  Sandro (from Italy)

and Gia (from Korea) who met in India -- they sell all sorts of delicious baked goods,

and clothing from India; Franziska (from Switzerland) who sells fresh veggies; Daniel,
a Harry Potter and Beatles fan, whose mother sells freshly squeezed juice

and who, in addition to selling pottery that is made in his home (without any lead), diligently practices his English with us; Carmen, who sells various kinds of nuts and also practices her English with us; and Sergio,who sells shawls
made of wool colored with natural vegetable dyes.

Carmen and Sergio

It goes on, and on with lively conversations and interesting connections.  Carmen is at the very end of the video and wanted me to stop the camera, which was a good thing because it's now taking forever to upload the video despite the much faster than at home internet connection here.

One Saturday we saw a preparation for a blessing at the church for a fiesta quinceañera.  This debutante had a big entourage of teenagers.  I sure liked these two infinitely cool guys (hombres chulos) who accompanied her.

We'll be off to the Market soon for breakfast and bilingual gab.
 ¡Buen provecho, amigos!