We went north recently and while mixing business with pleasure we explored the marketplace. While we often went to buy souvenir food stuff and famous walis (brooms) from the famed palengke (wet market), we were greatly surprised to find out that the market that we were frequenting was just the tip of the iceberg!!!
As we discovered, the market extended to 2 other neighboring buildings!
Relying on (secret???) information, we delved deeper into the market to find… vegetables at prices that were waaaaayyyy more friendly! So hellooooo carrots!!!! and mushrooms, and beans, and Japanese cucumbers, and talbos ng sayote, and sayote, and… WATERCRESS!!!! (see the following post…)
Exploring further on, we found the dry goods section. And glory of all glories, I found YARN!!!! Tons of it! More importantly, I found SPECIALTY YARN. Needless to say I had a field day and if I had my way, I would have gotten more but (it’s a good thing that) credit cards weren’t accepted so I had to choose carefully to fit my cash budget.
Our last and best surprise of all was discovering the meat market. We found the famous longganisa that I adored (of course at a friendlier price than that of the souvenir shop where I used to get them from!) and hubby found the longganisa he preferred! Do I need to say that we went home LADEN with treasures???!!!
Anyway, let me go back to the carrots. If I bought carrots in our local market, the price would be (a bit) shocking. Up north, where many vegetables are grown, the prices are more than reasonable, so when I have the chance, I hoard carrots! When I return home, I peel and shred them and freeze them in portions for 1 batch of carrot cake/cupcakes!