Tuesday mornings we get up early, load the suv with all my scentilating candles, soaps, lotions and goodies to sell at the local market in Boquete along with 30 plus other vendors. Our first stop is coffee, then off to visit with friends and make our purchases. The beautiful organic produce varies from week to week depending on what is in season ….lemons, lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, bok choy, carrots, ginger, arugula and this week saril. We had no idea about saril, but supposedly makes great tea , reduces wrinkles, lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system and protects against infections, Who wouldn’t try this. My next project is processing and making this wonderful tea.
The Tuesday Market is a mecca for cottage industries. Granny’s Sausage, Sausage Dave as we refer to them is a father and son team making wonderful breakfast sausage, italian sausage and now bacon. We ordered 3 lbs of bacon that is being smoked and will be ready Friday for pick up. Tuesday breakfast is always fun. The hardest part is deciding on which treat… sausage & biscuit, homemade biscotti, breads, muffins, tamales, soups, bbq or grilled chicken skewers to mention a few.
Cloud Forest Botanicals, a small herbal business makes amazing skin care creams and herbal tinctures. We use a couple of the products and are anxious to learn more about their benefits . CFB offers a tour at their Finca Luz and we will be taking that as soon as we get back from Panama City. Several of the Panamanian’s display their lovely handcrafted jewelry of silver, beads, and colored threads.
Scentilating is always there sharing our wonderful products with the community and visitors from around the world. Just this week we chatted with people from France, Canada, Texas, Phoenix and Australia about living and moving to Panama. You know us… we do love to share our stories. Everyone is eager to help and offer advice about relocating or which restaurant to try. A different speaker is scheduled each week covering topics about Panama, local traditions, US taxes, real estate, farming, coffee and even bread making.
We have many talented artists in Boquete. Some display at the market and others do special events such as Girls & Gab or private showings. Dell & Barbara make polymer clay jewelry at the Blue Door Art Studio and Robyn of Robyn Cole Artworks makes her bling bowls and encaustic wax paintings. We have developed several friendships with artists and vendors at the Tuesday Market and we always look forward to checking out their new creations.