Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh Food in three countries

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

(11 photos) I took this photo last weekend at our local Farmers market in Noosa Australia. It is a hive of activity and community. People buy their organically grown meat, fish and veggies whilst others meet for some of the wonderfully fresh food and coffee that is also sold. Some do both. For us it is a three-minute walk through the park and many Sundays will find us here.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

On the island of Tanna in Vanuatu we remembered what life was like before refrigeration. In our early days we had a gas bar fridge not large enough to store meat, fish and veggies so we bought or caught everything fresh as required. We’d take dinner orders at lunch to give us the time to do the necessary catching of lobsters and fish or slaughtering of chickens. The market, held twice a week, sold only those fruit and vegetables currently in season. This differs only from other fresh food markets in that there are no supermarkets to obtain the food not available at the market. Potato season was my favourite and we were sad to see it go.

 

In Vietnam the markets were much more confronting with eyes staring out at you, heads ensuring there is no doubt what the meat once was and long scraggly legs.

In all three places the markets are a place of community, chatter and laughter and a place where fresh is best.

Prepared for weekly photo challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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25 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh Food in three countries

  1. All markets are great places for meeting people and produce alike. I love markets.

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    So deliciously tempting, Irene. And how easy to get fresh food! We travel 35 minutes by car to the Raleigh Farmer’s market to get farm stuff.

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  3. I love markets and this looks like a winner, Irene.

    janet

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  5. Great photos. You would have been soo healthy then.

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  6. seeker says:

    That’s what I enjoy visiting in different countries. The joy of what freshness has to offer.

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  7. I was right there with you on the “fresh” food…until that last photo. I’m not sure how long I’d last there. 😉

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  8. M-R says:

    So many of the countries we call “third world” live with a far more realistic attitude to the death of what we eat, I feel. BUT ! – I do not wish to !!!

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  9. One of our favourite activities when we travel is to walk through the local food markets. In some places they are eye-opening!

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  10. Sherri says:

    Fresh definitely is best…and I love that photo of you Irene! How wonderful that your market is only a three-minute walk through the park, I would just love that. The sense of community too is fabulous. A great way to live…although I might have to re-think that in Vietnam with the kind of fresh food on display there :/

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