Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Market Days


This is an image I took a few months ago. It looks strikingly like many paintings done here in Haiti of the market women. Most of the folks that go to the market are female. I was told once this was because long ago men would be conscripted into the Haitian army if they were wandering around towns so they would usually stay at home on the farms and send their women in to do the buying and selling.
While the conscription is no longer a reality, it remains a woman's job to buy and sell. These gals will walk miles at times to go to the various community markets to sell their wares. This lady is selling mostly spices, onions, garlic and some chicken flavor bouillon cubes, all staples to the Haitian cook. Makes me smell the food just looking at this...