Category Archives: Markets

Pike Place Market

Early morning setup at the Pike Place Market

If you’ve ever been to Seattle, you’ve probably been to the Pike Place Market. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. It was nearly lost after Pearl Harbor when the local Japanese truck farmers (4/5ths of the merchants) who vended there were interned.

If you arrive early enough you can watch the vendors setting up their stalls. If I were to turn the camera 180*, you would see probably the most famous stall, the Pike Place Fish Market. This is where large salmon are thrown through the air from the ice bins to the men behind the counter to be cleaned and then thrown back. If you would like to see this, check out their live webcam feed: http://www.pikeplacefish.com/webcam.html

Yes, We Have No Bananas.

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Fruit seller in an Ambalangoda market.

There are about two dozen banana varieties in Sri Lanka. Some are as small as my thumb and as sweet as candy. They grow wild around most of the island and are a ubiquitous snack food, appearing on practically every table top and counter in the country. The title of this post isn’t about the song of that name but about the South Asian practice of shaking the head “no” while saying “yes”. It still confuses me after all these years.