No thanks, I think I will shell my own!
Catfish, lima beans, watermelon and fresh tomatoes; I often tell my friends that life in Ecuador reminds me of my childhood in the Mississippi Delta. As I walked through the farm town of Jama this past weekend, I pondered the differences.
Both countries have crape myrtle trees, but Ecuador also has a close cousin, the guava tree.
Guayava tree – (Guava)
Mississippi has blackberries; Ecuador has mora.
We have catfish in Mississippi, and we have catfish in Ecuador! Although there are no catfish ponds here on the equator, we have many shrimp ponds!
How Many Shades Of Green?
A small salt-water catfish. Is it a keeper?
OK. I’m not in Mississippi anymore!
This man whistles as he rides through town with his catch of the day.
Time slows down in rural Ecuador, and one learns to savor each moment. Seeing old fashioned scales takes me back to times when my sister Pat and I picked cotton by hand after school to earn ‘Christmas money.” In Ecuador, the scales are used for weighing cheese, shrimp, fish and staples for the kitchen. (And cotton is grown here as well!)
The buyer and the seller record the figures in separate journals then compare their grand totals.
Shrimp harvest – buyer and seller keep separate records.
Dried beans, rice, flour and other staples are often scooped from bulk containers and weighed on the old-fashioned scales.
Chickens are universal!
What a Gallo! (Rooster)
Look who’s hiding beneath the table!
What? A turkey? Yes, turkeys are prized birds in Latin America!
…Yes, chickens are universal, as are swings!
Many of the vegetables grown in Ecuador also grow in the Deep South/Mississippi.
I never connected Lima beans with “Peru” until I saw the legumes here in Ecuador!
Shelling beans and passing time – just like those syrupy days of my youth!
Break time behind the scenes at the vegetable stand.
At ten cents each, the peppers add little to my financial or physical load!
Watermelons weigh much more, but the price is always fair.
There’s always a chance to buy ‘just enough.’
I rarely see Halloween-type pumpkins in Ecuador, but there are beautiful alternatives like winter squash.
Fall-like colors brighten the sidewalk market.
Maria and family enjoy practicing counting in English!
Horses and mules were a big part of my early years on the farm, but Ecuador introduced me to the comical burros! The equine world is strong in the province of Manabi, and most every day I see someone riding a horse or a mule or a burro!
Cabalgata in San Vicente Ecuador
Silvana introduce Bob and me to the little village of Amacora. (Ecuador)
Visiting remote farming villages is like turning back the pages of time. (Santa Teresa Ecuador)
My friend Xavier drives an hour each Friday to pick up the cheese in the little village of Santa Teresa.
The horses bring the crates of cheese into Santa Teresa.
These images illustrate a basic-yet satisfying lifestyle that reminds me of a vanishing culture where I grew up in Mississippi. Thank you, WordPress, for the Weekly theme of Nostalgic…
Xavier at another area of the cattle headquarters.
Brothers Cesar and Xavier overseeing the corn.
Harvesting Corn – Jama Ecuador
Do children still play with marbles in the USA? They certainly entertain themselves easily here in Ecuador!
Yes, I remember when, and I am blessed to experience it a second time!
Have a good week, everyone!