Support Locals! | Bought Sweet Potatoes (Kamote) by the Road

Hello! Happy Friday!

It has been a while since I posted in this community!

Last two weeks, my family planned to go out for the weekend. We planned to do mini hiking and sightseeing. We went to the highlands to get some fresh air and to be away from the city for a while. I thought that might as well blog my experience in #MarketFriday by @dswigle

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As we passed the road going to the top of the mountain, we noticed an old lady laying her crops. We wondered if she was selling some of her sweet potatoes. In Filipino, we call them "kamote".

My dad rolled down the car's window and asked the old lady. "Good morning, auntie! How much is a kilo of your sweet potato"

The old lady smiled as said "Good day! Ay, I am just puting my sweet potatoes on the sack because in a minute the truck will come and pick them up. But for you, I will sell some."

We were so delighted that the old lady was so kind enough to sell some to us.

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We stopped for a while to look at her produced. These crops will be then sold at the foot of the mountain or in the market. She agreed to sell some to us because she is also needing money right away.

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This is the old lady's plantation of sweet potato, just beside where she was sacking her crops. She said most of her neighbors plant this crop too. So competition is really tight. Although she also plants taro and peanuts to sell and for consumption.

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We bought 20 kilos of sweet potatoes for 25 pesos (0.44 USD, 1USD=57.36~). If we were going to buy at the foot of the mountain, it will be 30 pesos per kilo, and at the market, it will be 45 pesos per kilo. So, it is better for us to buy in bulk here. The old lady said that we should not wash the sweet potatoes when not needed so that they will not rot. Keep them dry.

My cousin was picking up the best sweet potatoes. We prefer the bigger ones, though. I also helped him to pick some, of course, I do not have a photo because I am the one taking pictures, lol.

While picking up the sweet potatoes, I am imagining cooking sweet potato fries or chips, hihi! It is a healthier version of potato fries, right?


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The old lady helped us to pick the "unripe" sweet potatoes (sorry, I do not know the right term) so that we can stock them longer. She brought her weighing scale. She wrapped it in a sack because the road is dusty. After weighing our sack, she put two or three more sweet potatoes because we bought them just in time. We call it as "buena mano" which means first customer of the day and would bring luck and more customers throughout the day.

Seemed like 20 kilos is just half a sack. I think this amount of sweet potatoes will last us for a month. We paid PHP 500 (8.71 USD) for 20 kilos. We put the sack at the back of the car and made sure that it will not roll because we were going up and down, lol.


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After our hiking trip, back home, we cooked some sweet potatoes right away. Perfect to replenish our energies. We decided to air fry them instead of frying them in oil. For me, the taste is sweeter and earthier compared to those in the supermarket. We were so delighted to eat much healthier root crops and also help the locals in our community. We do hope we meet the nice old lady again soon!


That is it for this blog. I will see you at the next one!
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Yay! Bait naman.
I love sweet potatoes too. Here at our market they costs 100 pesos for 3 kilos. They are really healthy and can be stored for long periods of time. I usually just boil them and have them as my meal but I really need to spice up my recipes 😂

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Kaya super smexy mo ih. Healthy living yern. 😁

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That's Pinoy are sis nag susuportahan tlaga and also malaking tipid na din tlaga sis pag ka maramihan O bultuhan ang bibilin sis

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Yup, it is much cheaper when you buy to them directly and in bulk. 😊

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Ang dami..mas mura kpag sa mga ganyan bumili compared sa market

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Yup, also a way for us to support our community. :)

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Ang damiii and sure na sure na suoer fresh pa sya no. Kakatuwa naman dami nyong nibili, hihi. Ang sarap nyan ilaga like sa fried. May kamotr na sadya ng matamis at di na need ng sugar ee. Yong nabibili namin here ganon. UwU tipid mandin sa asugar ahahaha

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This tastes earthier. I feel they did not put any chemicals on it. Yes, we really intended to buy in bulk for a cheaper price, also to help auntie.

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My fave root crop! Buying sweetpotatoes from the farmers is way cheaper than buying the produce in resellers. You can really see the price difference of it and sometimes the price difference is too much.

I know it smells and taste good just by looking at the photo. I am jealous right now. Hahahaha!

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Hey, Med! Haven't seen you in a while! It is my favorite too. This is a sign to buy that sweet potato, hihi. Here is a !PIZZA for you!

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Kamote is really a good snack and a perfect combo with a lil bit of sugar. Surprisingly, it didn't cost much since you bought it directly from the farmer. Fresh harvest Kamote is sweeter compared to stock ones. Just eat moderately, it's quite heavy for our tummies.

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Heavy snack, indeed. For this, we did not put sugar because it will sabotage the earthy taste. But a candied sweet potato is good for craving days, hihi.

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Wow! I really starting to !love you na supporting our local farmers on our own way is really a big help! such thing as I call it Pass it forward, I really believe that kindness will always come back to us, and so we must give more! !Pizza by this time I hope you also see the value of farms and farmers. and of course I do not believe you pick up any of the potatoes, because of your polished nails. 🤣🤣🤣 Let's be legendary! ✨

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Hey, I did help in picking... maybe 5 sweet potatoes hehe! But I did not have my nails done at that time 😆 Let's be legendary!

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Straight from the earth 💥

I bet you're feeling good and full of good energy today :)

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That's so cheap! It's the traders who really benefit from farmers more. I think the last time I bought sweet potato was at 5o per kilo.

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Yes, best to buy them directly whenever we have the chance to buy. Thanks for dropping by, Lee! Have some !PIZZA

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Very true. That is why we always buy from our farmers if we have the chance to, hehe! Support locals!

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Nakamura ka na nakatulong ka pa! bait naman ni Jiji!

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Yes, ate! Support our countrymen. Bonus, their crops taste better than those in supermarket.

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Aww, this reminds me of streets of polish villages in summer time. Around woodlands you can see people selling blueberries, mushrooms and other foraged goods.

Your cooked sweet potatoes look like cassava 😍💙

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Oh, I could just imagine! Local produce is the best!

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Fresh kamote,Madalas nilaga sa almusal. Masarap gawing kamote fries at Madalas naming nilalahok sa gulay na ulam pampalapot... Kapag special occasions, inihaw na kamote...the best... Naalala ko rin Lola ko rito,nabili siya sa mga farmer Ng Dalawang sako tuwing may ani tapos tinatago lang niya sa ilalim Ng papag niya... Stock na Ng ilang buwan..

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Yummy! I like the boiled version too with a little bit of salt and pepper. 20 kilos will last us for a month, hehe! Thanks for dropping by, Chileng ~leng

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wuuuttt ang mura hahaha. totoong middleman talaga normally kumikita sa mga ganito -_-

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Yes, very cheap! We buy directly to the farmers whenever we have the chance!

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Nostalgic. Sweet potatoes are part of my childhood. And you got a good bargain.

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So delicious, right? The candied sweet potatoes reminds me of my childhood! Cheers!

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