I think it’s high time ya’all meet our regular veggie vendor at Ton Payom market down the road here in Chiang Mai. Mrs. Cheebwangkham, otherwise known as “The Vegetable Lady,” displays some of the prettiest, healthiest (yes, we do find the occasional worm) goods in town. Of course, the market is full of stalls like these, but we keep returning to Cheebwangkham.
Most people around here develop a relationship with their food vendors. Cheebwangkham is always happy to see us after a long absence, she’s come to know our tastes and she usually knocks a few baht off the bill. This sort of personal connection is one of the things I love about shopping in Asia. No Saran-Wrapped cardboard tomatoes stocked by a stranger; nothing that’s been on a truck for days on end. It’s good to know your veggies come from nearby farms, and it’s good to know the lady who sells them!