February 24, 2008 – San Jose Farmer’s Market and Poas Volcano

Since most farms/factories are closed on Sunday, today was a less intense learning day.  The Farmer’s Market was open, so we spent the morning there.


It seemed like it was about 10-12 blocks long – full of strange fruits and vegetables, noisy vendors, and people hawking lottery tickets like ticket scalpers.


Linda tries some coconut milk straight out of the container.


This vendor has a big block of ice and shaves off shreds and dumps in some fruit juice for a real icee.


A vendor who specializes in root crops.


The green, spiny fruits are guanabanana – commonly used for flavoring in desserts and in juice.


The watermelon from this booth was just fantastic.


Ticos have different understanding about egg handling.  The eggs here and in the grocery stores were unrefrigerated and sold in two dozen quantities.


These boys at the meat booth were happy to show how strong they are!


You could get fresh fish at the market.


Or even fresher fish as this vendor was selling aquarium fish nearby the fish vendor.


I couldn’t pass this vendor truck up. I’m hoping it was a problem in translation…


Next was the long and winding drive up to the Poas Volcano.  We never saw the volcano as it was shrouded in fog and clouds, but we could smell it, so we know it was really there.


Even though it was disappointing not to see the volcano, we were able to enjoy the trail through a cloud forest at the top of the mountain.


Look for Linda at the base of this massive tree fern!


This would make a heck of a floral filler for a Paul Bunyan-esque bouquet!


This plant that looks like giant rhubarb leaves is called Poor Man’s Umbrella.


Here’s a flower from some jungle flower.

one year ago…”Storm Day 2″

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