Community Grows At The Market
Eat fresh! We love going to local markets and seeing how Thailand really works, it’s all about community here and if you keep yourself separate with a farang mentality then you’ll only experience that one side of the culture. Life in Thailand begins at the market where you see all the colorful characters play. Thais treat everyone as extended family and it’s even in the language, “brother/sister”, uncle/aunt” are part of our greetings. So when you only shop at big superstores you aren’t really getting involved, you aren’t supporting anyone with a face and you aren’t supporting your local family.
That’s the main reason we love supporting our market vendors, because we can actually get to know them. We can easily become family and very quickly we care about them as they do us. They are our humble providers with so much to say and talk about our lives, it’s our joy to reward them with money and loyalty. Equally important to us is our health and getting our hands on food from the Earth. Heck food that still has some Earth and some bugs on it too, that’s all good! Some people are scared of local markets because they have some notion of it being too dirty or low quality for their liking? In my experience the exact opposite is the case.
So many of us grow up shopping for food at sterile, halogen lit, warehouses. Where unripe, plastic wrapped and processed items are packaged, designed and genetically modified to be stored as long as possible. We’re too busy to think about this while we trade nutritionally starved goods for our over worked conveniences. Thus convenience stores, 7-11 and the abomination that is the SUPERstore which is basically a dolled up storage unit. Our personal interactions are muted by brain numbing “commercial” music blasting over any sense of personal engagement. All profits funnel out to faceless corporations while nothing comes back to support the people, the community.
In contrast every local market I’ve even been to has been a treat! They show me fresher goods for cheaper prices. More organic, home grown variations with less plastic, processing and waste. There’s always friendly faces and entertaining characters that love Kai and he loves them. I love admiring their hard-working mentalities and practice my market banter in a different language. These are all real people who you can see, hear, feel and appreciate their efforts. The time and energy that goes into feeding my family becomes intimate again. All these things matter to us and the more we support our communities the closer and realer our world will become.
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