There are many things that form part of my every day life here in Guatemala that I forget aren't so typical in other parts of the world, especially back in my home state of North Dakota. One of those things is the market. Actually, I live close to several markets (though most of them operate on special days of the week). The two markets I frequent most are in Santa Lucía Utatlán, which is super close to my house, and Sololá, which is a bit further away but much bigger. I almost never take pictures when I do my market shopping because....I guess it would feel awkward, like I was taking pictures inside a supermarket back home. Luckily the Canadian volunteer group left me some of their pictures, which included trips to the market. This way I share with you all a glimpse of how I find, barter and buy my veggies, fruits and random household goods. (Thanks Evelyn and Nikki for the pics!)
Here is the side ally of the market in Santa on a typical Sunday morning.
So on market days the open air part is much bigger than the physical market, which is housed in a building. In Sololá there are many distribuidors in the market building that sell goods for daily consumption.
To cook really good black beans a clay pot is a must have. Don't scoff. I'm serious. Maybe I've turned in to a black bean snob, but I can totally tell if you made your beans in a pressure cook and didn't add onion, garlic and apasote.