In Phoenix, the farmers markets are gaining popularity and are popping up in different locations throughout the city. I know that a lot of people have spent years going to these markets and buying fresh, locally grown items and produce but for some of us , especially if we do not do the grocery shopping, this is a little new. The Nicaraguans are not new to locally grown, organic food and we were able to visit a true Nicaraguan market. What a treat to truly see the culture through local eyes.This was definitely not a tourist market as various locals young and old were buying their daily items. The energy was upbeat as music was heard playing from several stalls, and we all enjoyed visiting the different stalls, talking to and bargaining with the locals.
The girls were put into groups and given a family demographic- parents, kids, grandparents etc. They then had to plan the meals for the day for the family, and purchase the food at the market with the amount of money the family might make based on their profession.The girls were intimidated at first- being the only tourists in the market and having to speak Spanish while buying food with very little money in a foreign country. They did so great and really enjoyed the experience.
(Look under Nicaragua 2014 and you can scroll through our experience)