Feria Vegetables

There's been recent talk in the Uruguay blog community about cost of food and I agree wholeheartedly with everything that has been said. Go to the many the ferias around town for great, inexpensive produce, fish, eggs and cheese.  I might add, go to any of the ferias outside of Pocitos, Punta Carretas or other "upscale areas" of Montevideo for even cheaper prices. I found what I believe to be the ultimate frugal feria score: approx 2 kilos of Soup starter vegetables for just over $1 US.

Feria vegetables for 25 pesos, or just over $1 US

It included:

1 leek

1 large potato

1 large sweet potato

2 small celery stalks

2 small zuchinni

1 onion

1/4 head of cabbage

1/4 squash

1 small turnip

1/2 ear of corn

large bunch of parsley

2 carrots

1 red pepper

All the produce was in great condition.  I expected "soup-grade" vegetables and was pleasantly surprised.  The turnip was the only exception.  It was pretty small with wilty greens, but we used it anyway.

You can imagine what we had for dinner:  An amazing fresh vegetable soup full of all the wonderful produce from the feria this morning.  Along with a fresh loaf of crusty bread from the bakery down the street for another $26 pesos, you wouldn't know we had only spent $2 US on dinner that will last us a few days.