Hermelinda Through The Ripples Eyes
A few weeks ago, our friends Peter and Debbie Ripple went with Brother and Sister Gomez to the Hermelinda Mercado. It is quite a place. Wayne and I have been there once and we probably won't go back. Peter sent us his experience and some pictures, Wayne and I wanted to share and remember it here.
Hermelinda is the mother of all mercados. I mean that literally. Everybody who has a mercado (market) or a tienda (small store) in Trujillo comes to Hermelinda to purchase their fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, and many other things. Stuff arrives in huge quantities, and is sold in the streets and byways and under a huge roofed area the size of an airplane hangar. Inside, people are going everywhere with wheelbarrows and sacks full of stuff. It is fascinating. It is a bombardment of sights, sounds, smells and people. Here vendors will sell you a truckload, a sack full, or a kilo or less of whatever you are looking for. Hermelinda gives birth and life to all of the other vendors of fruit and vegetables in Trujillo.
Picture 5 is sister Gomez. She and her husband are Missionaries from Chiclao, Peru. They come to Hermelinda every couple of weeks, and we went with them. They came home with at least 100 lbs of fresh produce, while Debbie and I had a pack sack full.
Did you ever play "Find Elmo" with your kids or grandkids? see how many times you can find sister Gomez or Debbie. I will have to send a part 2 with more pics.
As promised, more pics of the market. the first one shows Debbie and sister Gomez making a purchase. Picture 3 shows them sorting choklo. It is a very coarse type of corn that is favored here. I quite like it, and have choklo on the cob regularly. A person is sorting by flinging them into piles of large medium and small. The other pics just gives an idea of what it is like there