Over the weekend we went to General Santos on business. We went to a resort owned by a friend during our stay in GenSan from 2000-2002. His resort is not faraway from the city. I’m so impressed with the location and the view. To wake up in that place everyday, I think I’m already good. Oops, I guess not yet, the internet and the cell provider is not yet good there. If those are fixed, I would be totally good there. 🙂 After our meetings there, we worked it out that Bob will be doing some work with our friend’s company.
We were so over the moon that the owner of the business set the meeting during weekends. Know why I liked it over the weekend? Well, I’ve been hearing friends and seeing pictures they posted on Facebook about the Farmer’s Market in GenSan. To be honest, I was impressed. Even though it’s just small compared maybe to the farmer’s market in your part of the world but this one will do here in Lagao. Seeing the fresh produce and fruits I’m totally in awe of it. Seeing the people, they were so alive early in the morning it was good to see too. When we arrived there some of the stalls were still setting up. More than half were already set up. Lots of people were already there, some came after attending church. Good seeing some old friends there too.
Geez, I want to buy a lot of the stuff I saw. Problem is we’re riding the bus, so I just limit myself on buying the stuff that would not get damaged during our transport. I had to let my brother-in-law buy a plastic woven basket for the vegetables and fruits that I bought. Seeing all the produce and the fruits you can tell they were so fresh because of the firmness and the color. They’re also selling free range chicken and eggs, which is hard to find here in Davao. I saw one stall selling meat and choriso. Looking good but I didn’t buy that. For sure next time. If we went there and used our car then I could buy those. One thing I bought there that the kids like a lot is the raw peanuts. My helper cooks boiled peanuts, most of us here at the house eats, I guess except for Bob & Chris.
The day before we talked to our dear friend Cathy, who lives there. One thing that we talked about was about the Philippine delicacies, farmer’s market has them. That’s the first thing I bought there. Lol. She also told us that she bought her produce there every week. I truly believed her when she says that the vegetables that she bought there stays fresh longer than the one she bought at the grocery store at the mall.
The fun part of being there was meeting again the woman behind the Farmer’s Market. Her name is Rue Ramas. We’ve known her 15 years ago. We met here when we still lived there. It’s so long ago that I can’t even remember. 🙂 She invited those farmers and sell their product at the farmer’s market. She’s not even charging them for rent of the stall, water and electricity. The farmer’s market is located at her front yard. She has a big lawn. Shes’ also the woman behind the used of corn husk crafts. She’s helping women make dolls, decors, place-mat and many more out of corn husks. I’ve seen lots of her creation in her shop and on facebook and I’m really impressed. She used to have a show place but she closed it down because she’s busy taking care of other stuff. She’s also selling seeds (I can’t remember her company name for that). She’s really a super woman. Good seeing you again Rue. If you go to the farmer’s market and you see Rue, don’t be shy on saying hello to her.
“If ever your family lives in that area or the neighboring town and has product that they want to sell in the Farmer’s Market, try to talk to Rue about it first. She might have stall available for you.”
FARMER’S MARKET: located just across the former Notre Dame of Lagao Boys Department, (now it’s Notre Dame of Dadiangas University Lagao Campus). Not far from the Petron gas station, opposite street from Petron is Tiongson Street. It’s easy to find. You can ask around, people there knows the location, or just look for the big crowd on Sunday mornings.
Have fun shopping!!!