Today we head to the market.
It’s Saturday, and it is a typical thing to do on a Saturday in the Caribbean. The markets in Brown’s Town, Jamaica are certainly not stingy on the sights and sounds you expect from a hustling and bustling buy and sell venue.
Immediately upon walking in, (bear in mind we are not market virgins), we are greeted with the familiar colors of fire red tomatoes, dry yellow yams, soft green soursops, orange and yellow peppers, and many other colors and provisions that danced with and complimented each other.
“Get your pineapples here! Dem sweet and ripe for your Sunday juicing!”, was one call to action that made us turn around to the sweet smell of those same pineapples drifting pass our noses. We bought some of those.
Today we are in search of fruits for the road. See, we are heading out on a road trip and our favorite snack on any road trip in Jamaica is fresh fruits, juices, and water. So when we walked a bit further in and spotted the ultimate sweet smelling sweetsop fruit, we grabbed a dozen of those. Don’t judge us. You should have smelled them.
After we bagged all the fruits we would need for this road trip (and then some), we continued to walk around to check out the options for our next trip back. A trip that would see us picking up some yams, green bananas, and ackee. That would be breakfast right there.
The market is not a quiet place, but for us it provides a sense of grounding and a refreshing source for fresh fruits and vegetables, among other things. If you ever get the opportunity to stop by a Caribbean market, have a walk through and enjoy the local colors.
– UYC Contributor Schanette Thomas