“The Local Markets” (Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, Michigan)

The Local Markets

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Kasoa Market
How hot is the shito? Fire! Fire! Fire!
sesame seeds, palm oil, bitter leaves, yucca, groundnut paste, eggplant puree, fufu, gari, Valley Rice, yam, coconut milk, Bitter Lemon, palm wine, Ting, (need Star Beer, Ghanaian Guinness, Chamonix),
wax print, net washing clothes, shea butter, African Films, wooden spoons

Hua Xing Market
The fish that plays dead doesn’t get eaten.
The fish that plays dead is the one to eat, because they are the smartest.
The different speckled fish is there to clean the tank, not to eat.
live sea bass, tilapia, frogs, and turtles,
duck, pig hearts, dried plum, bamboo shoots, lemongrass, anise seed, rose black tea, Tie Guan Yin, jasmine tea, Thai Tea, condensed milk, Tea Break Snacks, fortune cookies, green tea late candies, lemon drops, oyster crackers
rice flour, noodles, dumplings, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, chili paste, bok choy, Chinese Cabbage, long green beans, Chinese Chives, bean sprouts, green papaya, jicama, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice, sake, Sapporo, teacups, teapots, round wooden butcher block cutting boards, knives, chef hats, grass mats

European Market
poppy seed cake, yellow chocolate bars with little girls on them, St. Valentine and Nostalgia Teas

Mediterranean Market
rose water, orange blossom water, mate, sage tea, Mamoul, lamb, filet mignon, shish kebab, roasts, chicken breasts, halal meats (blessed),
dried lemons and limes, dill, zaatar, olive oil, tamarind sauce, tahini, grenadine molasses, olives, figs, coarse black pepper, spices, homemade pita, meat pies, kafta, bakery, chocolate croissant, babaganoush, hummus, grape leaves, feta, rose water deserts, almond wedding cookies
filo, falafel, samosa, Zam Zam Water

Bangladesh Market
mustard oil, spices

Whole Foods Market
peanut oil, freshly baked bread, sushi bar, teapots

Bombay Market
rose syrup, Jam E Shirin, chai masala tea, sag paneer, naan, good spicy frozen Indian,
fresh samosas, mangos, coconuts, basmati rice, spices, coriander chutney, dosa batter
Coconut Jasmine Oil, Almond Drops, Acacia Talcum, Vatika Shampoo, Chandrika Soap, ayurvedic products, Meswak Toothpaste, Babool Toothpaste
incense, tapestries, instruments, pictures Kali and Ganesh, music, cookbooks
trays, bowls & plates for Xi Xi

Hyundai Market
3 kinds of seaweed salad, fresh and dried mushroom, bulgogi, sea salt, sticky rice
teapots, bowls, cookbooks, Korean Films, exfoliating cloth, little umbrellas

caramel apples, no bake cookies, Windmills, German Chocolate Cakes, carrot cakes, Girl Scout Ice Cream, Stroop Waffle (Dutch Cookies), Cracker Jack, popcorn, Hershey Bars, malted, cocoa powder, starlight mints, marmalade, maple syrup, baking needs, frozen pie shells,
Corona with lime, Shandy Leinenkugel, Squirt, carrot juice
catfish, smoked salmon, bacon selection, BBQ needs
cilantro, dill, sage, mint, jicama, avocados, navel oranges, mandarin, large apple selection, papaya, carrot juice, gherkins, baked beans, fire roasted tomatoes, sweet potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, mélange greens, wheatgrass, long green beans, sprouts, 3-5 lb. bags potatoes, red wine vinegar, frozen spinach, coconut milk, whipping cream, molasses
Arm and Hammer Toothpaste, Aveeno Stress Body Wash, Sesame Body Oil, egg coloring kits,
classic 70’s music, Northern Toilet Paper, linen scented bleach, lined white paper and pens, tights, white underwear
roses, eucalyptus, spider plants

Trader Joes
brie, crackers, yoghurt, peanut butter cups, baklava tray, granola, nuts, Sangiovese, chai tea, Irish Breakfast Tea, coconut shrimp, spinach pie, vitamin c body wash, eucalyptus, flowers
General Tao’s Chicken, blueberry scones, dollar pancakes, Cherries in Merlot, Columbian Instant Coffee

Copernicus Market (Polish Deli)
herring salad, cabbage rolls, 3 bean salad, cured meats and cheeses, freshly baked bread, sweet mustards, pierogi, pickle salad, vegetable soup, mushroom soup, apple cake, poppy cake, rose petal jam, blackberry jam,
chocolate covered cherries with brandy inside, candy, crackers, Warka, Mouton Cadet

Dos Hermanos
mamey, elote, nopales, huazontle, aguacate, limon, flor de calabaza, tamal, tortilla selection, mole, salsa verde, queso fresco, guacamole, pozole, carnitas, barbacoa, tortas, diesmillo, carnes frescas
El Salvadoreno Crema, vanilla, canela (roasted cinnamon), carne asada, cerveza, Flor de Jamaica,
marzipan, playeras, Ojo de Venado, piñata, La Virgin, chicken’s feet

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