Fish, chilies, ginger, onions, tomatoes and cabbages are among the foods available in a marketplace in Jakar, Bumthang Bhutan. Some of the produce is grown locally and some, like oranges, is trucked from India. A rocklike hard white cheese sold by the piece and a specialty of this area of Bhutan must be chewed for hours before it dissolves.(Supporting image from the project Hungry Planet: What the World Eats) Grocery stores, supermarkets, and hyper and megamarkets all have their roots in village market areas where farmers and vendors would converge once or twice a week to sell their produce and goods. In farming communities, just about everyone had something to trade or sell. Small markets are still the lifeblood of communities in the developing world.
- © 2005 Peter Menzel / Hungry Planet: What the World Eats / www.menzelphoto.com
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