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Mercado da Vila
Oh What a Joy
We moved into our new temporary apartment on Monday, 15 February. The first thing the next morning we headed to the Mercado da Vila.
On Tuesday morning we walked into a large, empty tent with just a few open shops
around the perimeter. We learned, though open, the market is only fully operational on Wednesday, and Saturday. We did buy a whole red perch for 3 Euros from the woman in the fish market waving above. The fish market is open every day offering fresh catch from the local boats. There were also a few butcher shops open as well as a florist. But other than that…nada.
Wednesday and Saturday
We returned on Wednesday … what a difference a day makes. Though the restaurants that circle the market were closed (due to Covid precautions), many of the vendors were doing business. I suspect there were not as many vendors or customers as on a
pre-Covid day, but we were still pleased by the selection. And while the prices are shown by the kilo (2.2 pounds) most of the items are loose enabling you to purchase just the quantity you need.
Mas, Quanto Custou?
When I lived in St Davids, PA in the 80’s I loved to go to the Farmers’ Market in Wayne on Saturdays. As much as I loved this yuppie indulgence, each trip caused considerable bank account shrinkage. By comparison, during our visit, we purchased all the items artfully photographed above. We purchased: 3 seeded rolls, strawberries, 3 oranges, 2 clementines, 2 apples, a red pepper, 2 onions, broccoli, 5 tomatoes, escarole, turnip greens, cauliflower, 1 russet potato, 2 eggplants, 2 avocadoes, ginger root, and a bag of Brussel sprouts. We left having spent 23 Euros ($27.87). Had we not purchased the Brussel sprouts and strawberries (items I suspect are not locally grown) we would have spent only 16,30 Euros (less than $20).
When you move to a new country you tend to ask yourself “new” questions. Questions like: Why is it that the life expectancy in the US is lower than other “rich” countries despite the amount spent on health care? There are clearly many factors. The US has a high homicide rate and increased stress levels. But perhaps it is as simple as diet.