Monday, October 3, 2011

Green Bazaar in Dushanbe

Hi! I just wanted to share some pictures from the Green Bazaar (outdoor market) near our home in Dushanbe. It is the largest market in the city, filled with all sorts of items for living...and with people!

Just a note...these photos are posted on Facebook, so you may have seen them...just wanted to give my non-Facebook user family and friends a chance to see some of our surroundings.

One of the entry points to the Green Bazaar.
It is extremely busy here, hard to cross the street with the traffic.

Some of the fresh and delicious bread, you can often find it still warm from the oven. It is called Lepyoshka. The Tajik people revere their bread, they do not throw it away or waste it.
It is "bad" to allow it to sit or be served upside down on the platter or plate.

This gal is cutting carrots to sell for the national dish, "Plov." It consists of rice, meat, and carrots. You cannot even see her knife as she is cutting very fast. I've often watched the ladies cutting and they are not even looking at what they're doing...this lady was a bit shy of the camera, so she looked down.

These are handmade brooms. There often is someone actually sitting and making them on site, but not today. These brooms are used to sweep the sidewalks, courtyards, parks, public areas, and homes. I have seen elderly women sweeping on the sides of the streets at 4 a.m.with these same brooms.

Handmade watering cans.

Mounds of spices...they're measured by the glasses sitting atop the piles.

Dried beans, lentils, grains, and rices.

Bakery of all sorts.

Closeup of the filled goodies. I think they're filled with chocolate, but not entirely sure. It also may be Nutella, which is popular here. There is no peanut butter here.

Vegetable vendors. The young man was especially friendly, and wanted me to take their pictures.

Marvelous fresh vegetables.
We soak all vegetables and fruits that are not peeled in a mild bleach solution before eating. 
The Green Bazaar is open everyday of the year, and they will be selling some types of foods,
even in the winter months.


Pastas. The pasta seems to be quite a bit more starchy than what we have at home.
The cooked texture becomes quite soft.

Soaps and toilet paper, some of the necessities of life.

My husband Paul walking the market.

We shop for all of our fruits and vegetables at the Green Bazaar, and buy most of the rest of our groceries from small indoor markets nearby.

We have been told that food is a bit more difficult to get during the winter months, even though the markets are open, so we have been preparing by freezing fruits and fruit juice. We also have a shipment of groceries coming from the United States to supplement our food store.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek into our adventure! 


Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. I love markets!!! I wish I could have the "FRESH" available all the time. My son is in the Military and has had so many experiences. Our visit to So Korea was wonderful. Enjoy

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

What great photos, Deb. Thanks so much for sharing!

Joan Fricker said...

Deb, I love seeing your pictures and learnig about your new country.
How long will you be there? If you posted that I missed it. Great pictures!

Traci S. said...

Hi Deb~

Thanks for showing us more of your tour! What a wonderful and colorful market! I would love to go spend the day at the spice section! (One question, what keeps the insects off of the uncovered baked goods and spices?) The veggies and melons look wonderful! Of course, so do the pastries!

How do the people react to your wanting to take their photo? Any difference in beliefs there? I know some religions ban it.

Thank you so much for sharing these photos, and any others you may take! Have you tried any of those recipes you learned on your own yet? How did you do?

Praying for you!

He IS Able!
Traci S.

Becky Green said...

What WONDERFUL pictures!!!!!!!! I think the bread photo is GREAT!!!! Look at the design they've made on it! WOW!!! Thanks for showing us these photos! :)

teepee said...

Deb: I heard O'Reilly read your email tonight! Way to go, girl! Wish we could meet and share both stamping and political views.