Peace Corps Philippines: Grocery Shopping
Market Day is a specified day of the week where the town market is the most active. In Laua-an, Market day is on Tuesday and the public market transforms into a small metropolitan city. Vendors from other towns come to sell their products. You can find almost anything on this day. Fish, chicken, baked goods, salt, brooms, tsinelas (flip flops), and toys are all available on Tuesday.
The market is open 7 days a week and fruits, vegetables and rice are available for purchase, however, on non-market days the prices are inflated and there are fewer vendors which limits the variety of produce.
A common part of the market day experience is haggling. This is when you bargain for cheaper prices. For example, eggs are priced by piece so if you purchase a large amount you can get discount on the final price.
What you see here is a weeks worth of groceries, minus a few specialty items which requires an hour and a half bus ride to the provincial capital. This may not seem like a ton of food but there are other things not pictured. This is just what I buy on market day.
- The Natural Travelista