Puttur Somavara Sante, farmers' market
Today I am going to take you on a virtual tour around my hometown, Puttur. I grew up in this small town in Southern Indian state of Karnataka with a strong sense of community. It was not until three or fours years ago the town saw it's very first small supermarket. Until then the whole community was served by the small shops selling everything from daily groceries, fresh fruits and vegetables and other essential goods. Our town has everything one needs at our door steps from high end electronic goods to retail stores, it still managed to preserve the age old beauty of traditional shops and markets.
Red Amaranth Leaves
Fresh Coriander Leaves
One such place is the Puttur Somavara Sante or Monday Farmer's Market in the heart of the town. The large dusty open ground transforms into a sea of colours at the dawn when farmers from nearby villages and town arrive with their freshest goods. They sit at their designated areas and soon their makeshift shops fills with small mountains of fruits, vegetables, spices, grains, legumes, green leafy vegetables, herbs and more. There is also an entire row at the end dedicated to cured, salted, dried fish as our town not very far from Arabian sea which boosts the best of sea produce.
Colours galore ~ Fresh greens
I remember my Amma shopping here in Sante when I was a little girl with pigtails and she still continues to buy her weekly stock of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits along with some spices and spice powders as she says this is the best place to buy the most fresh ingredients for cooking. I have accompanied her many times in previous years. It was the temptation of sweet sugar candies and jaggary that made me tag along my mother when I was a little girl. Later it was the curiosity to see and learn new things and then the special mother and daughter time that saw me accompany my mother during such trips to the Sante.
Colourful sun dried fritters for deep frying
This time however, I went there with my brother to shoot some photos of this buzzing Sante to share with my beloved readers. It was bit strange to don a hat of tourist in my own hometown where everyone knows everyone! But it was of the most fun filled and exciting experience to photograph. The friendly people in the Sante who straightened their cloths and quick brushed their hair to smile for the camera made it a most joyous experience. And that may very well be the reason that I took little more than hundred photographs of this vibrant Sante!!!
Since it is bit difficult to share all the photographs in a single post, I have decided to post them in three parts. Today I'll be sharing the photographs of herbs, spices, sun dried fritters and greens with you all, closely followed by two more parts on Fresh Produce and The Smiling Strangers. So stay tuned for the more photo stories from my hometown....
So shall we begin our photo tour with some freshest greens? :)
Fresh greens ~ Red and green amaranth, fresh fenugreek leaves, coriander, mint, spinach and many more!
Fresh fenugreek, spinach and coriander leaves
Little mountain of coriander leaves
Basale ~ Malabar Spinach
Hasiru Harive Soppu ~ Green Amaranth
Kempu Harive Soppu ~ Red Amaranth
Sprouted horse gram
Lentils and legumes...
Varieties of dried peas
Beans and lentils
Exotic dried herbs and spices
And amazing varieties of sun dried fritters...
In different shapes....
I hope you have enjoyed this photo tour of Sante. Don't forget to come back for the next two part of this series, Sante ~ a small town farmers' market! :)