A Peruvian Farmer’s Market

I am traveling and working in Peru right now.  What a delight it has been!  I am living with a family who takes care of my meals and I asked Ana, the woman who prepares the food, if she would take me to the market.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to accompany her to her local farmer’s market to buy the food for the week.  Her trek is similar to my trek every Saturday morning in Laguna Beach…well…almost.   The first few stands looked quite similar to my market, but I can never find pineapples or bananas.

Then I saw the cheese…just laying there…out in the open.  I am a nut about food safety.  Some of you may not be.  But I am.  I could not help but think how long it had been out.  Ana asked for samples for us.   The woman selling the chesse used the knife to cut off pieces and handed one to me.  I ate it.   The cheese was delicious! And then, because I am a nut,  I prayed prayed prayed the probiotics worked.  I´ll have you know…there were no problems.

Then my adventure got interesting…

I can honestly say, I have NEVER seen this in my Saturday morning Farmer´s Market in the US.

And to top if off, there was this little guy in the middle of the Farmer´s Market near the carrots.

In summary, I had the best time and learned a ton.  Ana is super picky about which stand she buys food from and takes great pride in the food she buys and prepares.  How lucky I am to have her!

About Melanie Silverman

Melanie is a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist (RD) and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) working primarily in pediatric nutrition for well over 15 years. She spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk pediatric follow-up clinic. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. Melanie has presented at state and national meetings for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), March of Dimes, Prader-Willi California Foundation, Texas Prader-Willi Association, Oklahoma Prader Willi Syndrome Association, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) in the United States and Canada and the Prader-Willi Syndrome USA (PWSA). She worked hard for her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, Women’s Health Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs and an active member of the International Lactation Consultant Association.