Trancoso Farm & Fish Market

Trancoso Farm & Fish Market

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If I could name one market that I’ve been to that isn’t afraid to bare it all, it would have to be Trancoso Farm & Fish Market.

When coming to Trancoso, visitors quite possibly only stick to the rustic and beautifully styled village in and around the Quadrado. That’s all good, but if you want a taste of the real Trancoso where the locals are, then you have to head back to the gritty part your van or car drove through before dropping you at your hotel in the village.

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See my post on Trancoso here.

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It’s here, every Saturday morning, that you can find a market that’s a true taste of this part of Bahia. It’s dusty, it’s noisy, it’s hectic and it assaults all of the senses.

Fresh fruits and vegetables – many you recognise and some you may not – are laid out in wooden crates, on trellis tables or simply on tarps on the ground. They’re cheap, they’re colourful and everyone is buying up big-time.

This isn’t a market where you find artisanal products. The closest you may get to that are bottles of chillies and small peppers marinating in vinegar, lumped in a box or wheelbarrow; baking in the blistering sun. Maybe a few carved bowls and woven hats and baskets.

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Then things get real.

Sanitation doesn’t exist when it comes to the fresh seafood stands that are a constant flurry of activity. Fish are being scaled and gutted on wooden benches, laid out for prospective buyers. Prawns and shellfish sit inside well-used styrofoam boxes and live, bright blue crabs struggle to break free from the strappy leaves that bind their claws like straight jackets.

And then there’s the fresh meat.

Stop scrolling now if seeing butchered animals makes you queasy.

The same lack of sanitation applies to the meat suppliers. Plastic tarps and wooden boards are splattered with bits of meat, bone and fat. Butchers hack into carcasses with an axe as hungry puppies scramble to eat any flying debris that hits the ground.

Sausages, lungs, intestines and kidneys hang from hooks and pigs trotters and heads lay about for all to see. As I mentioned earlier, this is one market that has nothing to hide, and it’s just what I’d expect.

  • Trancoso Farm & Fish Market
  • Intersection of Rua Tancredo Neves & Rua Dom Pedro 1
  • Open every Saturday morning

 

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  • I was really liking all the pictures of the fruits and vegetables. I hadn’t had breakfast yet, actually, and those pictures were making me hungry. But then when I got to the picture of the bloody knives and the picture of the pig’s head … wow! I love those pictures! I can’t say they made me hungry; I guess I live a fairly sanitized life. But they’re great photographs.

  • Barry Ozmo

    if it was me i would be making a salad up, straight away.i enjoyed those pics of the knives as well.after the initial shock of seeing animal head(horse as well).the ears and cheeks have to come from somewhere;-)

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  • You know, butchering is a visible part of life in many countries. We hide it and sanitize it or make people feel better about what they eat. It’s good to see it every once in a while – a reminder.

    Love all the market photos, and – really – clean cutting boards are overrated!

  • KevinIsCooking

    Such a wonderfully descriptive post and I swear that pig was winking at me. This reminded me of the back alleys and streets of Old Delhi and Jaipur. Thanks John! 🙂

    • Yes, you wouldn’t find markets like these where we come from, for sure. Not in our sanitised world.

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