Saturday morning is one of my favourite days. It’s market day! At least for me on my side of Las Gidi. I like to get up bright and early and hit one or two of several local markets to stock up on fresh produce, and round out my morning by stopping by a few gourmet grocery stores. I’ve become a popular customer at the fruit & vegetable market under Falomo bridge on the VI side. This is where I can find, almost anything. I always stop by this market with every intention of getting only exactly what is on my list, but end up being coerced by the market women to buy more than my oga and I could possibly eat in one week. That aside, it’s fun, they give me advice on what to buy, and whenever something I want cannot be haggled down to a reasonable price they signal to me to leave it and come back when again their fellow seller has come to their senses. They make me laugh some days and other days, when I really want to just be in and out, I just want to avoid them and shop in peace. But this is Lagos. Shopping cannot be done in peace as it would be boring otherwise. I mean who can fault their form of customer service (and camaraderie in emptying my purse) when they go out of their way to scout the market to find what’s on my shopping list from fellow sellers just to make sure I get all I need?
They find me amusing whenever I try to buy only what’s on my list. “Madam! You sure say you no wan buy cocoyam? Is good wan o! Oga go like am well well for inside cocoyam pottage na.” No thank you ladies. Not on my shopping list! “Ok, gran nut nko? Dis wan e good well, well, take am N250.” Got to give them an a for persistence.
I really had not planned to buy any fresh mint. But really who can resist? It’s so green. I’m sure there is something I can rustle up in the kitchen with this right?