Welcome to the Monday Farmers Market.
It’s my favourite time of week, Monday Market Day! It’s where I load up on local fruit, vegetables, cheese, rice and local salami. I’ve been going to the same vendors for years; we joke, exchange recipes, and banter on about the usual, weather. It’s a wonderful experience and I enjoy speaking with the local people, they have taught me so much about their culture, land and traditions, all I have to do is buy their fruit. It’s an intellectual exchange of homemade goodness.
During the summer months this little corner of town is jam-packed with vendors and tourists. Everyone is jovial and the shouting between the various vendors (for the tourists attention) is hilariously loud, proud and truly small-town Sardinia.
“AJO! FICHI! Il primo fichi della stagione! AJO! Vieni qui!” The fig vendor hollered early this morning.
“Let’s go! FIGS! The first figs of the season! Come on! Come here!”
Now the above sentence just sends me into fits of silently, blushed giggles. I can’t help myself; it’s possible I have a one track mind, or a dirty mind. When I hear the Italian word for figs, I never think of the succulent, tear-drop of a fruit. Nope. Never. And for anyone learning Italian or living in Italy trying to learn Italian, you will know what I mean.
You can buy everything here: shoes, underwear, hand stitched curtains, table-cloths, batteries, toilet brush, jeans, t-shirts, socks, thread and needles, dish rags, towels, beach bags, combs, scissors, knives and … there’s a
Dollar Store Euro Vendor! Love me a good dollar store!
Have I mentioned the local cheese? No? Sorry about the delay but I was busy dancing in the clothing and staring in awe at the gigantic zucchini. The local cheese which is made from local cows or sheep milk and is the
bomb best! I’m addicted to this cheese as much as I am addicted to the hilarious vendor.
Are you wondering what I bought today? I knew you were curious and that’s why I’ve snapped a photo of my daily groceries.
The dress was originally €13,00 but I talked him down to €11,50. I also bought a small cactus plant and Gerber daisy for my friends 39th birthday (which is not pictured here) total €8,00. Plus, one espresso in town €1,00.
Total spent at the Monday Market – €49,50.
My new dress and the look on my best friends face … priceless.
What did you buy today?