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Friday, September 5, 2014

Atenas' New Feria (Farmers' Market)

On August 28, 2014, Atenas' new feria opened, also known as Feria del Agricultor. The Friday farmers' market has relocated from the town of Atenas to the radial road that connects Atenas to highway 27.

Only time will tell if this new location will work out. We can no longer do our weekly farmers' market shopping right in Atenas. Now, the only way to get to the new market is by driving or taking the free feria bus from Atenas which runs back and forth every hour. I worry that the Atenas Costa Ricans have lost their market right in the heart of their town - the market that they have been shopping at for years and years - the market that they could walk to every Friday and buy their week's worth of fruit, vegetables, chicken, eggs, flowers, herbs, and also visit with friends and neighbors.

On the plus side, the new feria has a permanent roof over it and it is wide and spacious. There are two sodas and we had lunch there today - good food, good prices. We bought cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage, strawberries, water apples, mamóns and sausages.

Here are photos of some things we bought today. Everything is grown locally.

 

Limes
Strawberries
Water Apples
Mamón, aka lychee, rambutan
The new feria
Fresh cut flowers.

 

2 comments:

  1. The new feria location makes it much more pleasant to shop, once you get there, but we also spend at least double the gas to drive over. I agree with you, it may be very difficult for some people now to reach the market. Since there are less people moving about town, than there were before, it's not so good for store merchants either. But several vendors were happy, even proud of their new venue. Others, especially those, who also sell in Grecia or Alajuela, are worried about the new all-day deal. I've heard comments that there aren't enough customers in the afternoon to pay a sales person, while they try to keep their usual schedule at the other markets. As fancy as the new market is, it's not a clear cut possitive development for Atenas. The autopista del sol, by the way is, Hwy 27.

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