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In a Ghanaian Market

semi-overcast 32 °C

We dance effortlessly through life as we skip from supermarket to supermarket snapping up the finest products from every corner of the world and, during our short Canadian summer when the fields of our rocky isle reluctantly hand over their harvest, we head to the Saturday farmers’ market full of expectation. For us, the market is a novelty – we don’t need it: we want it. But here in Ghana the market is life and people rush to see what’s new…
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The market is the social event of the week; the time to meet friends; to replenish the larder; to find some material for a new dress…
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And it is the time for the people of the surrounding villages to come to town to make a little money…
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Life revolves around the market for many Ghanaians as it has done for centuries. It is a place of excitement and expectation; of hopes and dreams; a place where, god willing, a bargain can be struck to see you through another week…
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It’s hard work carrying heavy loads in the heat, the dust and the tropical rains, but that’s life here in Ghana…
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So, the next time you are peeved that the ferry fares have increased, that the power is off or the supermarket is out of fresh raspberries in the middle of January, spare a thought for these ladies carrying their wares to the market to make a few cents to feed the children…
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Posted by Hawkson 08:26 Archived in Ghana

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Such richness of colours and activity. How do you resist all those beautiful fabrics.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Don't see a single tourist in the crowd. Too earthy for anyone but our intrepid twosome?

by R and B

there is something magnetic about markets in the open air organized by village folk.

by Janet

What a blaze of colours to view as we are settling into a palette of white. Brilliant! thank you.xoxo

by Trudy

Are the bright red/orange things chili peppers?

by Amanda

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