Market Day in Orvieto

by abigail on August 24, 2009

At the Coop

Audrey and Krystin at the Coop

We’re all rather fond of the local Coop supermarket.  The girls like being able to get Italian Cocoa Pops and I’ve become embarrassingly addicted to the Coop brand of sliced, pre-packaged mortadella.  I think it reminds me of the bologna I ate as a child.  Whatever the reason, I go through an average of a package a day.  And I’m able to stock up on Italian supermarket staples like porcini mushroom cubes, bottarga powder and dried pasta shapes we don’t get in Tortola.

You can buy a whole proscuitto at the Coop

You can buy a whole proscuitto at the Coop

But the real food shopping is at the local markets.  Thursday is Market Day in Orvieto and, while the girls weren’t overly excited about the Duomo, shopping they can handle.  I needed strength for shopping and started my foray into the market with a panino di porchetta – that wonderful, massive roasted pork flavored with fennel, rosemary and garlic.

First, we eat porchetta

First, we eat porchetta

Duly fortified with pork (I am Southern after all), I was able to turn my attention to all the amazing food and wares on display.  There was cheese…

Formaggio

Formaggio

and meat…

Meat (and cheese...look at that wheel of parmigiano reggiano in the top right corner!)

Meat (and cheese...look at that wheel of parmigiano reggiano in the top right corner!)

…more meat (we bought some salami di cinghiale that was to die for)…

Salumi

Salumi

…fish…

Bones liked this stall

Bones liked this stall

…all manner of dried and preserved things (olives, nuts, dried fruit, sun-dried tomatoes)…

I had to hold myself back here

I had to hold myself back here

and plenty of fruit and veg.

Fresh fruit, Italian for "dessert"

Fresh fruit, Italian for "dessert"

I’ve become enormously enamored of honey and buy a few jars wherever we go.  Try a drizzle of honey of a slice of aged pecorino for dessert.  I bought three jars at this stand, and absolutely no idea of how to get it back to Tortola.  The prohibition on liquids on airplanes is a real pain in the backside.  I can only imagine the mess in my luggage if any of the jars break.

I bought 3 jars...lavender, tiglio and chestnut

I bought 3 jars...lavender, tiglio and chestnut

The girls found plenty of stuff they tried to convince us to buy for them (next stop was a bank, so they could change their money and obtain their own Euros).

Shopping for junk attractive to young girls

Shopping for junk attractive to young girls

And there was a mountain of shoes.  Good luck finding your size in here.

Shoes...lots of shoes

Shoes...lots of shoes

Audrey and Krystin loved this colorful display, though it wasn’t in the market.  Something for everyone on Market Day!

Pretty pink shop

Pretty pink shop

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1 abigail August 25, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Update – the bottarga powder wasn’t very good. Better stick to the real thing.

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