Today in Chicago it has been raining quite a bit. That’s a bummer because it’s the weekend of the Air and Water Show, and we had grand plans to ride our bikes down to the lakefront to watch the Thunderbirds do their thing. Mother Nature decided it’d be a great day to stay inside and take a nap, instead.
As I was laying in bed listening to the rain fall, I got to thinking about our time in Vietnam. For some reason, the Mekong River popped into my mind, and I couldn’t stop thinking about life on the Mekong Delta. It’s dramatically slower paced then you’d think, where people trade for what they need and make or hunt the rest.
The personal boats of the delta are long and slender, not unlike a canoe. Other boats are larger and contain piles of a single-type of food.
For example, the boat will hang a pumpkin on a pole off of their bow. That is an indication they are buying and selling pumpkins. If you have some pumpkins to sell, or you need to buy some pumpkins, just swing on by! When the time comes for the boats to officially sell their stockpile of vegetables, the larger boat will motor up to shore and offload to a waiting truck.
It’s a great way for small farmers to team up with other small farmers and create enough vegetation to sell on the market.