Roadside Markets

Whenever we leave town on a road trip we like to stop at roadside markets on our way home. Uganda is heavily reliant on agricultural (~80% of the population works in agriculture in some capacity) and a year-round growing season with crazy amounts of sunlight contributes to some very fine fruits and vegetables. At the stand we stopped at last weekend we saw: eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes (irish), cassava, lemons, oranges, watermelon, pumpkin, pommello, pineapple, sweet potatoes, passion fruit, mangoes, onions, and avocados.

Of course there are no price tags on anything so bartering is de rigueur. Here’s how it went down (captured on film below):

Me: I’d like some avocados, oh, those eggplants look good, let’s have some of those, and I want a big tub of irish.

Vegetable Lady (with a cocked eyebrow): First we bargain.

Me: How much for the irish?

Lady: 10,000

Me: Okay

Sad, I know.

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3 Responses to Roadside Markets

  1. Barb says:

    Where’s Kaidi when you need her?

  2. Todd B says:

    Here’s your guide:

  3. kaidi says:

    :))))) Hahaaa! Barb, Kaidi was taken to an “adventure” (off road/short cut – through the villages and between the herds of cows and goats) by her husband.
    But come on Gill….10 000….really!!?? Outch! I’ll try to stick around next time!

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