Photographing at markets – feiras
In Brazilian Portuguese, feira means market - all kinds of it. The most common one being fresh produce, but you will also find art, antiques etc. And over the last few years, organic markets.
These markets are either set up in blocked off streets, city squares or parks. Just ask the locals what feiras they have and very important – what week-days.
Walking around these markets is an absolute joy. There are so many things to watch, smell and taste! A paradise for street photography.
The vegetables and fruits being sold there are fantastic. Locally produced cheeses, different types of street food and everyday household items, clothes, accessories as well as all kinds of art – you can always find a bargain. And every markets has something unique.
If you explain you are there to take pictures, most people will let you do that without any problems. And nowadays, with our digital cameras, it is easy to show the pictures to anyone.
Every Tuesday and Friday there is a market in one of the streets around Bosque dos Buritis (a park) in Goiania. The market has mainly food, but also a few other things are sold. While living there, I had a lot of time to walk around and get some pictures. If you want to join for a photo walk at a market, send me a contact message.
Every Tuesday and Friday there is a market in one of the streets around Bosque dos Buritis (a park) in Goiania. The market has mainly food, but also a few other things are sold.
Potatoes are mostly used as part of a salad in Brazil. Not as in other parts of the world where potatoes is the main sideorder. In Brazil rice is served with most meals, even lasagna.
In the afternoon you might hear “Pamonha, pamonha!” yelled out over a cheap PA system attached to a car driving by. These are local producers and salespeople trying to get your attention to buy their wonderful products.
Pamonha is made of mashed corn, milk, sugar or salt and oil and it is baked inside the corn leaves in the background of this picture. It can be sweet or salty based on what kind of things that has been added to it. Some can have cheeze, green onions, linguiça or other things added.
It is no problem to get anything to grow in Brazil, whether it is in the ground, on it or above it. There are usually several types of each kind to choose from and the quality is excellent.
Wandering around here really make me think about cooking. You can pick the best ingredients and go home to prepare wonderful dishes. Or just get what you need for a quick lunch or dinner.
If you can name it, you can usually find it somewhere. And if you can not find it, it is probably because nobody has thought of bringing it into Brazil yet.
The fruits and berries here are wonderful. Try one of the many kinds of mango that grows here. I am sure you eventually will find one type that you like.
In most restaurants you will find many different types of lettuce and other green stuff. If you wonder about how to use all this, just ask a Brazilian about it. But do not expect them to speak English. Mostly people that can afford to study English in school will know how to answer. So your traveldictionary will be of good help.
Not the type of hardware you would use in your computer, but tools and other stuff for your kitchen. Quite appropriet for this market that has mainly food.
I must admit I like browsing markets like this a lot. You never know, suddenly you might find the perfect thing to make the perfect dish.
Oranges and tangerines. As with everything else, you can find many types of each kind. If you want fresh orange juice for breakfast, make sure you get a type of oranges that are good for that.
The tangerines are wonderful to eat as a snack. Very sweet.
Juice of passionfruit is quite common in Brazil. Some people say passionfruit make them sleep easier. Passionfruit is also often used in desserts in. Look for it in restaurants.
In the back of the picture, you see one of the types of avocado that is available. There are many types growing in Brazil and it is not uncommon to have one or more trees in the garden. Avocado with sugar or as an ingredient in a smoothie are two common ways to eat it here.
Hot peppers are used a lot in Brazilian food, although the majority of food is not hot at all. Here you can see several types of pimenta on display along with some of the homemade sauces that this vendor is selling.
Also, to the right, is garlic. This is used as a spice in rice, meatdishes, fish chicken – almost every kind of dinner/hot meal you can think of except for sweet dishes.
Vitamins, fiber and minerals – with these vegetables in your salad you are guaranteed a good dosis.
A necessity every day for every brazilian – beans.
Beans is together with rice the most common ingredient in Brazilian food. It is usually served with every hot meal, and stewed beans are used instead of sauce most places. This is Carioca beans and of course only one of the types you can find.
At this market you can buy locally grown coffee. And if you prefer roasting the coffee yourself, here is the stuff you should buy. To know more about roasting your own coffee, take a look at http://www.sweetmarias.com/ .
Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world and you can find Brazilian coffee in most of the blends available. This one is grown and roasted locally and sold at the market.
If you want to read a bit more about Brazilian coffee, try a search on Google, or go to http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.southamr.brasil.html .
One thing that is not so common in markets around the world is locally produced coffee. But in Brazil it is easy to find, both “green” and roasted varieties.
Rice, beans – the basis for one of the most famous Brazilian dishes – feijoada. Made with black beans and different types of meat, it is something you definitely should try on a visit to Brazil. Ask the local people where the best feijoada is served. And remember – feijoadaday is Saturday.
Each farm seem to have their speciality. This one make cheeze and different other dairy products.
In general, Brazilians seem to like to have a good selection of everything. Even eggs. The small ones in the middle are quail eggs, quite popular in Brazil. maybe because they are believed to have a good effect on the sexual performance?
Pineapples are often sold along the road from trucks. If you buy, they will be happy to cut it ready for eating. Sunripe pineapple tastes wonderful if you are a sweettoth like me.
You can cook them, steam them, fry them, bake them, or simply just eat them. Brazilians love their bananas and eat them both as a sideorder with meat and as dessert with sugar and cinnamon.
Have you ever tried a dessertpizza topped with banana, sugar and cinnamon? In Brazil, you can even buy pie with banana at McDonalds.
There seem to be one type of banana for almost every type of dish and occasion. It definitely help to have someone you can ask about what type to buy for the type of dish you are preparing.
If you want something nice to eat, try to find a type of bananas that are like “mini bananas”. About the size of your finger, and wonderfully sweet.
Some shout, and some sing.
This couple were singing duets while selling corn at the market. A nice change from the usual approach. Although I have to say, at this market there where not the expected shouting and pushing to sell. Some of them would ask while I was passing, but in general they let me pass without too much fuzz.
But the songs definetely gave a nice atmosphere in this market.