Every time I step into Coín’s Sunday outdoor Farmer’s Market, as I did last week, I get the sensation I’m entering a glorious 3-D collage of edible goodness .
Stalls stacked to over spilling with a kaleidoscopic array of fruit and vegetables of all shapes, textures and sizes; some seemingly gargantuan; a feast from Mother Nature’s pantry, perfect in its imperfections.
In contrast to the dimly-lit hustle and bustle of the flea market that is also held every Sunday in the nearby underground car park of Coin’s La Trocha shopping centre, the open-air setting of the Farmer’s Market with softly etched out mountains as a distant backdrop, makes the ambience here one of rural languor and good cheer; with the stall holders seemingly beaming with the health and the happiness they infuse into the produce they so lovingly cultivate from the land, as shoppers stroll around in this pleasant phantasmagoria of earthly natural abundance.
The wafts of earthy, citrusy and herbal aromas that impregnated the early morning summer air as I strolled around taking photos, intensified as the day slowly heated up, teasing and tempting my palette. I stopped off at one of the stalls for a glass of freshly-pressed beetroot gazpacho and although I’d already stocked up on fruit and vegetables from my favourite local fruit shop in one of Marbella Town’s side-streets, I couldn’t resist the glowing-with-goodness allure of the radishes, beetroots, spring onions and succulent dew-fed figs, which crowned the salad I made later that day…
This is definitely one of my favourite regular outings from Marbella Town and setting out on an early summer morning, makes for a deliciously refreshing drive – windows down, breathing in lungfuls of chilly nature-scented air, as the dew evaporates in the still sleepy sunshine, past pine forests, olive groves and the fertile fields of the Guadalhorce valley, in the midst of which the market lies.
Text and photos by Liz Glazer
If you would like more information about the Sunday morning markets in Coín and their location, click here to read an earlier blog post (FYI – the Artisan market mentioned, is closed for the rest of the month of August).