Saturday, February 23, 2008

Organic and Almost Organic

Today we checked out the twice a week vegetable market that Chiang Mai University's agricultural program hosts. Local farmers with "blotsanpit" (no pesticide, but chemical fertilizer, but, we were reassured by one of the professors from the program, there are no residues in the vegetables sold.) This happens Wednesdays all day and Saturdays until 1.

They even had free lunch. A huge vat of fantastic rice. It was made of rice, taro root, sesame seeds, and peanuts. There were also large pots with different cooked vegetables. We were quickly invited to sit down near the professor who spoke good English. She'd even been to Alaska because she'd written about Alaska's natural resources extraction policy including the Permanent Fund.

And she told us about yet another healthy vegetable place - in the southeast corner of campus, pretty close to where we live. So we walked over there on the way home.

This one is open every day, inside a little building, with air conditioning, and lots of beautiful fruits and vegetables and other products like honey, soap, shampoo, and fruit juices. We loaded up and went home.

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of such a distinction: organic and organic BUT fertillizers were used.
    You have some interesting photos up here, Steve.
    Coming from Emperor Ropi's site.

    My stance on the relationship between the Finnish and the Hungarian language/music/culture is that it MIGHT have some truth in it, but it is a fabricated idea. It was made during the Habsburg regime of our nation. None has ever heard of these two nations being close to each other before the Habsburgs came and invaded our country and destroyed our culture, our national horse herd, etc, etc.


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