Fridays at the school tend to be somewhat more relaxed than the other days. The students have an activity period called “Global Issues” which is usually an assembly or other activity. It’s a half-day – we get out at 12:30. And…there is the Friday market.
Early in the morning, a few of the local farmers bring their produce and set it up outside the canteen. You have to be quick – it starts at 7:00am sharp and people are ready for it! Everyone brings their own large shopping bags and coolers to fill.
There are bags of potatoes and onions, bins of cabbage, cukes, lettuces and packages of tomatoes (which are year-round here) and a variety of other produce and herbs – today there was fresh spinach, scallions, dill and parsley. My haul included a big sack of smallish onions, some plum tomatoes, a bag of spinach, some spectacular carrots and more…and it cost only 50 kwacha (about $9.00)
They also sell beautiful fresh flowers…
At lunchtime, there is a different kind of market. Local restaurants and privately-owned business come in to sell their wares. In addition, there are a few other produce-sellers. You can buy corn, pineapples, big bags of apples or pears and avocados. There is the “Italian Guy” who sells chunks of Parmesan and mozzarella, and packages of prosciutto and other Italian delicacies. And you have a smorgasbord of options for lunch – including food from an Ethiopian restaurant or hand-made burritos from an authentic Zambian-owned Mexican restaurant. (No joke! The guy who originally owned it went back to Guatemala and before he left, he taught his employees how to make all the food – and now they run it!) There are fantastic home-made cookies, fresh-made bagels and snacks like popcorn and muffins. And this happens every Friday!
Today was the first Friday of the month, and so we had the “Ladies Who Lunch” – just a group of us who meet at the Sugar Bush Farm for a glass of wine (or two) and a nice lunch. Sugar Bush is a local farm, craft shop and restaurant and it was a great way to unwind from a busy week.
Hard to believe that I’ve been here more than a month – and that the first few weeks of school have gone by so quickly!