Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastian de La Gomera and learn about the local produce.
La Gomera is known within the Canary Islands as a land that has grown and produced a lot of its own food through agriculture. This is because the early inhabitants came from northeast Africa and brought with them seeds and the knowledge of farming. You can see this in many different parts of La Gomera, the man made terraces that have been built on the rocky volcanic hills throughout the Island. It is amazing the amount of work the early inhabitants must have put in to do their best to ensure that they had abundant or at least sufficient amounts of food for the year, it is a very impressive sight.
You can see and buy a lot of this locally grown produce and locally made food at the market below the bus station in San Sebastian. This market is called the Mercado Municipal. Saturday is the best morning to visit, as this is when all the stalls are open, but it’s still worth a visit on other days of the week to grab a few items to try.
The Morning we stopped and visited the Mercado Municipal was a Tuesday so the photos do not show the hustle and bustle of the Saturday market but we still got to see and smell the deliciousness of the fresh produce, local cheeses, local baked goods and palm syrup to name a few of the items.
Wine is also produced throughout the island of La Gomera and you can find some at this market. In La Gomera you will find some excellent wines often white wine Vino Blanco in Spanish. The La Gomera grape growers have used the many terraces to grow their grapes and they can be found throughout the island sometimes even in very hard to reach mountainous parts of the island. It is also said they produce secret grape unique to La Gomera. The majority of the wine grown here is a white grape with medium citric flavors. Definitely worth a taste but I will let you go sample some and decide for yourself.
There have always been water shortages within La Gomera and one way the early habits helped this was to build many terraces all the way up the mountains these would have to be one of the extraordinary features of the island. You can see today many of the old water canals and water tanks that helped the island capture and store its water and some still do today. Because this island was quite isolated it is said many different families grew different crops to ensure they had a variety of different foods. In the sixties La Gomera became less populated and theses traditions slowed and more of the food production stopped and was brought in from outside sources. An area where you can see many of the terraces on the island today is Hermiqua.
Popular fruits and vegetables you will find at the Market that are grown in La Gomera are bananas and potatoes. Potatoes, Papas arrugada are one of the dishes that are frequently on the Canary Island menus. The potatoes are often similar to baby potatoes that are boiled in heavily salted water and served with different red and green sauces of the islands called mojo rojo and mojo verde. You will also find different cereals and pulses, like peas and beans that have been used to make gofie. Gofie is a traditional food of La Gomera and the other Canary Islands it is made from toasted grains and pulses that are ground into flour and used in many dishes of the islands. Gofie is also be used as a breakfast ‘porridge’ and is also used in many of the cakes and biscuits made on this Island, they are delish.
La Gomera is also known for is baking goods especially their biscuits. You will find many of the biscuits at this market. The simple shortbread-looking cookie was definitely my favorite.
Comment below if you had a favorite food for La Gomera. The market is open Monday to Saturday 8am until 3pm with Saturday been the day with the most market stalls. Enjoy!