Orange Walk Market, long ago...
This was my favourite market, in front of People’s Store! We use to call it in spanish "La marketa vegetables" In front and inside was beef and pork hanging, you pick your cut. Mr Campito, Don Turko was ready to serve you.
The old Orange Walk Town Market was once situated in a building on Main street. In the old days people would say that the market was situated in front of the"lncatecu" building. The story of this shoe store will be told on another occasion.
I believe this market probably existed in the days of Town Mayors "Chengere" Orellana and Ignacio "Nacho" Vega. The market served as the towns butcher shop. Every morning people would flock to the market to purchase their still warm pork or beef. Don "Tino" Campos and Don Romulo Campos together with Mr. Derek Gillet were the main suppliers of meat bringing it in from the "Matadero" by the river side at the end of "Slaughter House Street", no pund intended.
There were also people selling vegetables on the outside front of the market. At one time or the other panades shops would sprout out from the sides of the market.The most noticeable vegetable stalls that stuck in my memory were Mrs. Dominga vegetable shop on the left and Turco on the right side. It's like I am reliving the moment, the smell of fresh cilantro and sweet mango! Oh my childhood memories.
I remember Mr. Turco he was always loaded with all sorts of goodies. That market was across from The People Store. Mr. Tiga used to be a butcher in the market.
Narciso Avila: My Dad used to slaughter every Sunday for my uncle Valentin Avila either pork or beef. I used to help with the chicharron.
Francisca Reyes: I used to go buy meat, see meat hanging up pick your meat and they cut it from there.
I remember those days! Especially when you say still warm meat I used to buy from my uncle Derek and veg from Turco.
Mark Chavarria Sr.: “Tata” Carpiso and Don “Conejito” were also butchers in those days. I remember conejito drinking the warm blood from the carcass after the beef was slaughtered. He believed this would give him the strength of a bull. I don’t believe he obtained the results he expected.
Don Chano Martinez was the man who did the slauthering and was the man who made chicharon.
Fern W Newe:
Can say I went almost everyday at the market and meat shop.. My friend family had nice veggie shop off on the side facing belize bank..
I remember those days! one of my favorite memories when I was growing up in 1970. Mrs Mencha Mai. Had fast food place. I remenber Juanita campos and i were working there. Beautiful memories
I was a child at that time and my dad use to go early to buy fresh meat n use to bring me along. Recuerdos
Wow lovely memories I grew around there Slaughter House Street remember d Market d Meat shop.
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