Wordless Wednesday: Ortiz Flea Market

Sunday I joined the Slow Food Southwest Florida group for a tour of the Ortiz Flea Market in Fort Myers, Fla. Santiago De Choch was the guide of this ethnic market. It’s primarily dominated with Mexican vendors but the market is full of all sorts of treasures such as fresh produce, leather boots and belts, straw hats, religious items and used wares.

What the photos can’t convey are the odors – the aroma of grilled onions and peppers cooking when I pulled up at 8 a.m., the musty scent of chickens and oddly comforting scent of leather belts. Enjoy these images.

Spiny Chayote

Spiny Chayote

Singer at La Mexica

Singer at Neighboring Store & Eatery, La Mexica

Fresh Produce

Hot, Hot, Hot! Peppers and Produce

Condiments for Fruit

Condiments for Fruit

Boots

Incredible Selection of Boots

View more in my Flickr collection.

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Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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