Mercado Municipal de Amarante
Local market, local people, local food
The Amarante food market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday. Here, local families have been selling their own produce for the last 100 years. There is not one digital scale in sight and the array of turnip leaves, black zebra tomatoes, smoked chorizos, acorn fed pork ham and hand carved bread flour mixers tell the story that there this region is yet to surrender to the growing supermarket threats. I met this local character who is simply known as Jose “Basket”. He is an wicker artisan tells me that it takes him two days to weave the larger pieces and that he is unable to cope with the demand.
By Nelson Carvalheiro, AFAR Local Expert
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