22 Oct2014


Squash blossoms and dill flowers. And huge ones at that.


Look at that variety of summer squashes/zucchinis…


…some of these shapes I had never seen before!


Yellow zucchinis and peppers on the shelf above…


…and lemon cucumbers, another thing I hadn’t noticed before.


Carrots up the wazoo…


…in a brilliant range of colors. Imagine a shaved carrot salad in 4 colors with a light vinaigrette dressing…


Portabello and crimini mushrooms, and compared to mushroom prices in Manila, these weren’t that pricey at all…


…and just look at the freshness of these clumps of oyster mushrooms on another display table!


I think these were tomatillos.


Good grief, the chilies/peppers, the chilies/peppers!!! I could only hope to find a couple of these varieties in Manila markets at any given time.


Beautiful shallots, incredibly fresh white and red onions.


Husked tomatoes.


And the late summer fruit was to die for! Several varieties of plums…


“Saturn” peaches that look like they’ve been smushed with the palm of your hand!


peaches and nectarines (just hairless peaches for those who don’t like the fuzz)…


I couldn’t resist another photo of the peaches. Arrrgggh, fresh peach ice cream is the best…


Cantaloupes/melons that don’t look special, but OMG, they were amongst the sweetest, most intense cantaloupes I have had in a long time. Sister bought a few and I ate them 1/4th cantaloupe at a time. The prosciutto was a garnish, the melon the hit!


And if you think I am drunk with enthusiasm, just hand me a few glasses of apple cider. They had this kind bottled, or you could buy cups of freshly made chilled cider for $1. Seriously good.



  1. betty q. says:

    Yup, this year yielded an abundant or bumper crop of vegetables probably everywhere. I usually check out the almanac each year to see what is in store for gardening weather in our zone.

    MM…those husked tomatoes are cape gooseberries! I planted them several years ago and they yielded gazillion fruits! Learned my lesson and told myself to plant only 1 or 2 plants!

    Oct 22, 2014 | 9:18 am


  2. Notice: Undefined variable: oddcomment in /home/marketman/marketmanila.com/wp-content/themes/marketmanila-v2/comments.php on line 33
  3. Khew says:

    The yellowish mushrooms could be cultivated chanterelles while the grey ones are likely oysters.

    Oct 22, 2014 | 10:52 am

  4. sister says:

    Thanks for the wonderful pictures. From June through October NYC’s Union Square Market can compare favorably with any other market in the world, a chefs and home cooks’ paradise.

    Oct 22, 2014 | 12:47 pm

  5. betty q. says:

    Khew…yellow mushrooms are yellow oyster mushrooms. As far as I know, chanterelles cannot be cultivated yet. At least, not in BC! They need a specific habitat to grow…they do not grow on side of oak trees but rather around the base maybe. Often if you see a puddle or stream or creek on the forest floor, follow that and you could be rewarded with clumps or singles here and there.

    Oct 22, 2014 | 12:49 pm

  6. Marketman says:

    bettyq and khew, yes, I meant oyster, not straw mushrooms. And yes, probably not chanterelles as they were very reasonably priced if I recall…

    Oct 22, 2014 | 4:42 pm

  7. Khew says:

    betty q, you make mushroom hunting sound romantic! LOL. Here’s an interesting take on the realities: http://myqualitymushrooms.blogspot.com/2013/07/chanterelle-season-2013.html

    Oct 22, 2014 | 6:31 pm

  8. Kasseopeia says:

    I can still remember the peaches I had last month. I ate a couple practically everyday for three weeks!

    More pictures, more torture!

    Oct 23, 2014 | 12:44 pm

  9. odessa says:

    MM, those husked tomatoes reminded me of “tino-tino”. we enjoyed it very much as a snack during my childhood days.
    great photos above!

    Oct 23, 2014 | 1:21 pm

  10. Coleen says:

    MM, your Union Square Market post reminds me of my NYC visits in spring time. Just walking around and taking pictures is such a joy.

    Oct 26, 2014 | 10:01 pm

  11. Natie says:

    The dazzling colors of produce! Like jewels!

    Oct 28, 2014 | 5:30 am


Market Manila Home · Topics · Archives · About · Contact · Links · RSS Feed

site design by pixelpush

Market Manila © 2004 - 2021