Otavalo often has four markets on Saturday...animal, food, Indian or craft, and potato. I loved the animal market. Cows, pigs, a horse, goats, sheep, roosters, chickens and chicks, ducks, bunnies, guinea pigs, a kitten, and a puppy were for sale.
The owner of our hotel had encouraged us to go to the animal market because there were over 65 farmers bringing in their garden produce to sell as well as animals. The varieties and colors of the produce were amazing.
Squash, avocados, early peaches
Fava beans, cranberry beans, blackberries
A fruit for juice
Leeks were everywhere.
Tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, carrots, limes
Carrots, red onions, parsley, fingerling potatoes
Mango, papaya, pineapple
And then there is all the prepared food, such as liver and fresh scallions.
Platanos or grilled banana, like a potato almost.
Fresh squeezed orange juice
Choclo or cooked hominy
Finally there are things for sale that you might need, like food for your animals.
More jewelry and wool shoes for the cooler weather
Wooden kitchen utensils
Was that not fun? I guess it is the farmer in me that draws me to this animal market.