"Wherever possible, I like to use home-grown or locally produced ingredients."
-- Mary Berry
Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage Trust Site for its beautiful historic buildings. Ecuador's third largest city, Cuenca is 2500 meters (8200 feet) high in the Andes mountains. With tourists focused on architecture, it is easy for them to miss what could be a highlight of their trip.
In my opinion, the Feria Libre seven acre market is a must see. People travel from miles around to buy and sell goods. It even has it's own bus terminal. Buyers know this is where they will find the lowest prices. Entrepreneurs rent space knowing good products will move quickly.
While it is open every day, Saturdays and Wednesdays are the busiest. More people come those days, knowing the most products are available. Vibrant colors and numerous aromas fill the senses from all around.
The produce sections encompass areas surrounding the building exterior as well as large areas within them.
|Neatly arranged produce at an indoor vendor|
|Vibrant colors at an outdoor vendor|
|Local woman buying flowers|
|Fresh fish and seafood|
|Chickens and their eggs, both for sale|
|Live crabs for sale|
|Guinea pigs for sale|
|Various corns and beans|
|Clothing, cookware, plastics, shoes|
|It is not easy keeping baskets neatly displayed|
|Tomato vendor in center of photo|
|Feria Libre parking lot vendors|
Is there a local market near you where entrepreneurs sell their products?