Each Saturday morning in Basseterre, sellers rise early from their slumber to gather their wares and line the streets and the undercover markets with their fresh fruit and veges. Some keen beans start setting up already on a Friday afternoon, bringing Basseterre to life in time for a weekend of “liming”.
Much of the produce on St Kitts is imported from the US and Trinidad and, to a lesser extent, the UK. This adds to the expense, of course, making things a lot more expensive than in the US, which makes me wonder because the average salary here is not that high at all.
If you want fresh produce, you will haul yourself out of bed and get to the markets. The “official” markets are in an undercover area, while at least as many vendors line the streets, their fresh produce lying on trestle tables and on sheets laid on the ground.
One time I had the experience of handing a woman some beans I had wanted to buy, following which she chucked a few more in. Naturally, I promptly tossed them back on the pile and said sternly “I have enough for what I want.”