I read the following comment:
"Does the market take the place of or supplement a grocery store? Also, sometimes in the US it seems like purchasing food fresh from a "market" is a status symbol. Have you seen any attitudes like that? "
This is a valuable set of questions. This market is open seven days a week. There are traditional grocery stores that are also called markets. Susan and I have encountered about five of these markets in this city of approximately 15 thousand people. These markets are very small in relation to the supermarkets we are accustomed to in America. Several of the smaller markets are barely the size of convenience markets.
I am uncertain whether here is any status associated with purchasing fresh foods. I believe this is simply a part of everyday life. I will, however, learn more about attitudes as Susan and I become more immersed in the culture. I will say that selections in these markets are limited in relationship to options available in America. In the traditional markets, there are few convenience items. Frozen food selections are limited. There are only a few snacks displayed and foods such as breakfast cereals are limited in variety. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and I hope to explore these markets in greater depth
Thank you for the comment. I welcome a multitude of similar questions.