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   xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Aug 12 01:46 AM

Aug 12, 2009: Farmer's Market

Farmer's markets are wonderful. All those fruits, veggies, and sometimes flowers, honey or dairy, fresh from the farm.

This one is in Thailand, Samut Songkhram province, but can you spot a difference?

Railroad tracks right down the middle make a good defined path for shoppers...
and the eight express trains a day that use these tracks.

Every day in the Thai province of Samut Songkhram, about 70 km southwest of Bangkok, a unique market is held whose vendors need feet as quick as their minds. Why? Because much of the market is located directly on a set of operational railway tracks. Eight times daily, a train runs through without care for stopping, sending vendors and visitors to action stations before business as usual resumes.
That must keep everybody on their toes... or lose them.


SPUCK  Wednesday Aug 12 03:27 AM


Laurie Henderson  Wednesday Aug 12 07:20 AM

Grilled veggies, anyone??

spudcon  Wednesday Aug 12 07:46 AM

If I was there, some of them veggies would be put on the rails, just before the train comes.

capnhowdy  Wednesday Aug 12 07:48 AM

This would never work in the lawsuit-happy U.S.A.

Shawnee123  Wednesday Aug 12 08:29 AM

No, some drunken dumbass would stand in front of the train and then sue somebody while they scramble to find their missing body parts.

Sundae  Wednesday Aug 12 08:29 AM

There's a section in one of Michael Palin's travel documentaries that reminds me of this a little. He's travelling between Chile and Bolivia, and the train is running very, very late.

When they get to La Paz, they have to arrange for cars and people to be moved off the track - the trains are so notoriously bad that the railway line is not treated with any kind of concern, it's just part of the street.

Not quite as dangerous as here of course!

Degrees  Wednesday Aug 12 09:41 AM

Mmmmm. Twice mashed potatoes.

Trilby  Wednesday Aug 12 10:05 AM

Originally Posted by Degrees View Post
Mmmmm. Twice mashed potatoes.

birdclaw  Wednesday Aug 12 11:36 AM

Finally a way to "train" your vegetables.

dar512  Wednesday Aug 12 12:36 PM

Some of those veggies can be tough, so remember to choo-choo your food.

dmg1969  Wednesday Aug 12 03:25 PM

Wouldn't that make all of the veggies.......squash?

Gravdigr  Wednesday Aug 12 04:09 PM

Originally Posted by birdclaw View Post
Finally a way to "train" your vegetables.
Pulling a train on a vegetable is the one of the most heinous things I can imagine. (And I have one helluva imagination!!)

Originally Posted by dar512 View Post
Some of those veggies can be tough, so remember to choo-choo your food.

newtimer  Wednesday Aug 12 06:14 PM

They have their market here for the benefit of tourists who like to come and take photos of their market. Otherwise, why wouldn't they just move to one side or the other and get off the freakin' tracks?!?

Shawnee123  Wednesday Aug 12 07:29 PM

Originally Posted by dmg1969 View Post
Wouldn't that make all of the veggies.......squash?

Elspode  Wednesday Aug 12 09:40 PM

9:00 AM - Cucumbers, $1
9:15 AM - Peeled Cucumbers, $1.25

Saknussem  Wednesday Aug 12 11:00 PM

And here I thought the difference was that in Thailand you can buy little girls in pink dresses in their Farmers' Markets. Stupid me.

Kasszia  Thursday Aug 13 12:31 AM

"Even if they donít hit you like a freight train, the environmental messages of the railway track market of Samut Songkhram are certainly there to be chewed over."
I didn't know Enviromental Graffiti was part of the Cellar...

But seriously, did you watch the video? The train goes RIGHT OVER THE VEGETABLES. Yum yum yum.

ZenGum  Friday Aug 14 07:04 AM

You mean this video?

I love the speed with which the stalls reappear after the train passes.

capnhowdy  Sunday Aug 23 11:10 AM

Watch this video of another "train market".

Cloud  Sunday Aug 23 12:49 PM

well, that answers my question about the awnings

SPUCK  Monday Aug 24 05:18 AM

Whats amazing on that last vid is how many tourist photographers run out.

capnhowdy  Monday Aug 24 08:04 AM

I bet these places are a mess after a heavy rain.

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