When I first went to the Feria de Agricultor, or farmer’s market in Monteverde, I noticed some small, red fruits covered in a shell of tiny tentacles. They looked like something brought back from Mars! I did not know what they were and was too scared to find out. About a month after moving here, I saw someone at an event with a bag full of these little things. I asked her what they were, and she said they were…..lychees! Sure enough, she cracked open a fruit and inside was a beautiful, pale, transparent lychee. The kids actually liked them.
The next time I went to the Feria I bought a bag full of lychees. They are easy to pack in the kids’ lunches or to set out in front of a group of hungry kids during a feisty game of Dungeons and Dragons. I can also pack them on a hike, which is great because they are transportable, don’t require washing, are easy to peel, and don’t make a big mess. I am so glad I tried them out.
Shopping at the Feria has taught me to try new things. Sometimes, the one thing that looks ugly and scary, turns out to be hiding a gem inside. This lesson applies to life in general, not just shopping for produce at la Feria. Don’t judge someone or something by its a appearance. Give it a chance before you pass on it and lose out on something wonderful.
- Farmers’ Markets (queenfaith.wordpress.com)