If you are from Bharath, you know how the general markets are. You will find vendors selling vegetables, fruits, grains and utensils etc, all at one place. It would not be a giant, gleaming supermarket where you would be silently staring at row after row of sticker-clad shelves. A market would be full of live people talking to you. You would be inquiring about things, bargaining on prices, paying in cash and counting the change. A whole lively experience is what you would get in those markets.
Last weekend, we visited one such market here in Houston called Canino Farmers Market. It was really an entirely different experience. The place is alive with individual stalls, different kinds of produce and people shouting over your heads. Chaotic, what it lacks in polish it makes up in personality. It is a lively place to shop for fruits, vegetables, grains and kitchen stuff. There are also few stalls selling plants and fruit trees. We bought a flowering shrub called Nandi vardanam from a young lady. Her name is Cilia, and she was friendly and knowledgeable and has excellent collection of plants. If you are into gardening, don’t miss out her stall. Cilia’s phone number is 832-890-6975 and you can call her to check the availability of any plants or fruit trees.
The other very fabulous finding was “mangoes”. We were surprised and delighted to find relatively tasty and large size golden mangoes. Dozen for $9, they were the best tasting mangoes we ever had here in the USA so far. If you are into good quality mangoes, go soon and get a dozen. The season is almost over. There is a variety of other fruits available as well, like cantaloupes, watermelons, oranges, papaya etc. at low prices. Also all kinds of fresh vegetables and for chilli fans, it is pure heaven.
The market opens at 6AM everyday. Go early in the morning for the first pick. In the front you will see a large covered shed under “Canino Produce Inc” title. The sellers I mentioned are in the back of the shed. You will have to go even farther back into the open sheds, where you can buy fruits like mangos directly from the wholesale traders. Keep some dollar notes ready. They take only cash and no credit cards.
Here are some photos of the Market.
Canino’s Farmers Market
Bought key limes 25 for $1 here
Bought Mexican Squash two for $1 here
Tempting Chilli Varieties
Beans and Grains
Cilia’s Plant and Fruit Tree Stall
Any day I could buy such sweet Mangoes is a good day!
For those of you interested to go, here are the address and the directions:
2520 Airline Dr.
Houston, TX 77009
Directions: From Sugar Land – Take 59 North and to 610 North. On 610, take exit 17A to Airline Drive. Turn right on Airline Drive, and you will see Canino’s produce immediately to your left. Parking is very crowded but free, in front of Canino’s or to the sides of the open stalls.