To the Feria: A Trip — Costa Rica 2020

In the hillside town of Tinamastes, every Tuesday — martes, is market day….”La Feria”.

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Tinamastes Hall…

La Feria de Agricultor…the Farmers’ Market…

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If this is Tuesday, it must be Tinamastes. 

Early in the morning, sellers set up in the big hall. Some of them come from two hours away in the Sierra de la Muerte, where the altitude allows cultivation of cool-weather crops.

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This is some of the produce that comes from the mountains high above Tinamastes. 

From the warmer areas nearby come the tropical items.

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Papaya, Piña, Sandía…(y huevos!)

Shoppers cruise the stalls.

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Shoppercouple and child. 

Children run and play in between.

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Running around the feria…

The hall is loud. The sounds of hundreds of voices fill the air. The steel roof above reflects the sound back down to the talkers. The bustle of commercial activity is intense.

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Giving change with a flourish. 

The market is not just for fruit and vegetables. It’s a “scene”.

People come here to meet with friends.

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Checking in with friends.

In one corner of the hall are benches where people gather.

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Rest stop in the hall…

The camera freezes a constantly-changing “tableau” of human actions.

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At the Tinamastes market. 

Outside the hall, others ply their trades.

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Bodyworker at work. 

Various treatments and attentions are available.

Crystal reading anyone?

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Crystal reading. She’s a very nice lady, by the way. 

Perhaps the cure is a hot chourico sausage in a roll from the German Butcher…

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Warning sign at the German Butcher’s stand.  

The scene outside is almost as busy as the scene inside.

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Drums and chanting coming up soon…

A family pauses for a break.

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Summertime in January. 

What’s next?

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Woman in blue and green, Tinamastes Market. 

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