I have been without a car this week, which isn’t a BAD thing most of the time, except when it comes to grocery shopping. So, this morning I got up and decided to use the public transportation to hunt for some dry beans.
Dry beans are not sold in most stores in Ukraine (but they are sold in K’stan!). If you find them in the stores, they are usually sold in bulk. For this reason, I miss the great variety of choices I had in K’stan.
Well, I was told by several people to check out the markets, so I decided to go to one of the best in the center of the city, Vladimirsky market.
Wow, what color at the market. I love this time of year when everything is fresh. I saw lots of new potatoes (why am I on South Beach?!?). There were lots of fresh apricots, cherries, peaches.
I didn’t find any dry beans but I did find fresh snap green beans. So, I bought some to cook during the week. After this, I decided to try one more market in the heart of the city. All the Americans call this the “millionaire’s reenok” since everything is drastically over priced.
Well, I found fresh black eyed peas for $6 for 2 pounds. I told the seller that it was too much. He shrugged his shoulders but didn’t come down on the price.
As I left the market, I cam across a little grandmother selling yellow squash. I asked her how much, and for 2 large squash, I paid 40 cents. I was very happy. One doesn’t see yellow squash here often. They don’t have it here. They have zucchini and their own variety of squash, but no yellow!
I tried one other gourmet grocery store in the heart of the city, but no luck. I guess it’s a good thing I am going to the states in September. I can stock up on beans.
It was a good day for shopping. I didn’t find the two things on my list I went looking for, but I found two things that excited me just as much if not more.
By the way, the yellow squash was delicious. I cooked it just like my momma taught me! Thanks mom!