Estremoz has a lot to see. It is known as the “white city” because of its white marble quarries, but it also has a rich history, has housed kings and queens, and has been the stage of a number of remarkable “game changing” battles. But it is not about the city that we want to tell you now. It is about its already iconic market.
The weekly farmer market is held every Saturday morning in the Rossio. It overpowers us with colors, smells and textures. It is as if the country comes to the city and brings baskets full of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, olive oil and olives, cheeses, smoked sausages, eggs and even chickens.
Between the old lady selling oranges from her backyard in modern plastic buckets (still with price label), to the locally produced honey, we can find pretty much everything. It provides a great display of goodies from the Alentejo region and Estremoz specialities. And if one thinks that we are in the digital and electronic era, forget it! The old, trustworthy mechanical scale has never left here. We can find them in the grocery stands, but also in the adjacent “bric-a-brac” and antiques part of the market.
It is almost as if traveling back in time through miscellanea of old objects, on display on the floor or on improvised stands. We can find it all, bringing back memories of the porcelain and glasses in grandma’s house, the holidays reading books after books, the vinyl player that is even older than the oldest one we remember to have seen…
And then we find other things. Some of them we do not even know what they are for, others are just impressive as they are and by their, to us unknown, story.
From vegetables to living animals, from furniture to farming equipment, from toys to tools, one can find pretty much everything in this market. Also the hand-made traditional pieces from the region can be found here, such as the unglazed ochre-red pots and the unique style of “Estremoz dolls” recently declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Worth to make a note in the agenda: next Saturday morning, Estremoz market.
Bubulcus & Bolotas