You guys, I made my very first vlog! Drum roll and hand clapping, please. I have been wanting to show you guys how I shop for a really long time. So I was finally able to do so. Boo to procrastination! If you read the blog regularly, you know I love the Farmer's Market! In it, I totally feel at home because I even get to bargain ('beat price' or 'price market' haha).
The farmer's market in Saint Paul here in Minnesota has vegetables you will never believe you can find in America. Things like garden egg (called "Njakatu" in Cameroon), garden huckleberry (Njama Njama), pumpkin leaves and lots of fresh herbs.
They even have fresh corn, I mean the hard fresh corn you can find in Africa which is very different from the soft American corn. I love it!
At some point, we get fresh groundnuts (peanuts) too! That's not in the vlog because the groundnuts haven't been harvested yet. Maybe when we have groundnuts I will do another vlog.
I totally enjoyed the vlogging process though I was a little shy. I felt a little weird shopping and talking into the camera at the market. But it was enjoyable.
My sweetheart Mr. N filmed me. I don't know why I said "our ministries don't match" when he wanted to marry me. Mr. N has been so supportive of the things I do. He did an excellent job capturing me shopping with the girls and he did it passionately. It was a fun first-time experience. An ice cream sun even showed up so we could get ice cream for the girls to cool off from the scorching hot sun. You'll have to watch for yourself to see how it all went down.
Hope you enjoy watching and if you'll like to see me make more vlogs, please let me know below.
Watch my first vlog ever:
Wow Precious this is lovely it really feels like home I know that feeling especially the fact that you have to bargain hahaha. Nice
Hahahah I know right. I enjoy the bargaining part so much.
Wow I just watched the video I will do same wish I was there.
Glad you loved it, Veronica!
Yasss!!! Congrats on your first vlog Presh!! Why do all the farmer's markets have to be named after a Saint? we have a farmer's market here called St. Jacobs lol - except they do not carry the amount of African foods like yours 🙁 Any wayyyyyyyy...when is the next vlog coming up? 😀
Thanks Nor!! Hahaha St Jacobs. The next blog will definitely come ooo. Thanks for the encouragement, sweetie.
Wow! We did it. Yay! Everything beautiful. The market looks so organized unlike . . . *clears throat*
Lovely vlog. Keep it coming!
Yay we did it Amaka! Lol at that comparison. I know what you mean...
Chichi uguru says
Ohh I loved this. I wish we had markets like this. Your kiddos are so adorable. Nice family too.
Thanks so much, Chichi! The farmers market here makes me never want to leave Minnesota. Such a blessing!
Bubu Green says
Yayyy, to your 1st vlog. You are a natural. I can't believe the vegetables I'm seeing? Are you kidding? Waterleaf? Oh how I've haunted for you. Chai, that's my vegetable soup waiting to happen. I am moving to Minessota, period!
Hahahaha move already, Bubu! These vegetables are like gold to me. Thanks for your kind words, dear.
Wow! I enjoyed watching the Vlog! Cool. Saah all that vege so go make man fall bush by force lol.
The market clean, organized! Whey na when we go reach that level 🙂
It was beautiful watching your adorable kids.
That place for purse nor, somethings are just uniquely us 🙂
Keep going sis. More manyanga. Circumstances has made it difficult to be regular here but I di clap fo ma own small corner.
Enjoy your veges. Waiting for the next Vlog.
Awww thank you sis! Hopefully we go reach dah level - wan day is wan day.
Ateyu say eh, the veggies na de eye. I even saw Okongobong here once. So many goodies to enjoy!
Wow... I definitely enjoyed watching this!!! I need to go to a farmer's market but Summer is almost over (not like Summer was great in Toronto though). We want more videos like this!!! You do such a great job Precious. Your family is adorable too.
Awww thanks so much, Zinny! you should definitely go check out the farmer's market there. If there's a China Town, you could check it out too. You'll likely find our vegetables there.
Enjoyed the video. But could you please ask the Chinese people the name they called the vegetables in their language because with different variations of njamajama it might be difficult to identify if one doesn't know. But if one knows how the vegetable is called it could be asked. The names of njamajama ( huckleberry), Anchia, and pumpkin leaves( okonghobong). Thank u
Hi Kelsey, glad you enjoyed it. I will do well to ask them. I asked them a few but their names sounded so strange that I forgot. Lol
About Njama Njama, just ask for "huckleberry". At least they identify that one. Pumpkin leaves are equally known as pumpkin leaves. The pumpkin leaves are different from okongobong (fluted pumpkin leaves) though. Hope this helps.
I think I love the farmers market shopping idea. Ha! there is even fresh corn. I have always thought that they don't have such things in America. Precious, you must have felt like you were in Africa. Very nice. My regards to the girls and have a blessed week.
I felt the same way, dear. But here I am enjoying African life in America.
Thanks for thinking of the girls. Hope you week has been good so far.
I love that you're doing this.More vlogs please.
Girl! I know you asked me to vlog since. Thanks so much for all the encouragement!
I have checked at amazon to buy the huckleberry seeds to grow but there are many variety, not sure exactly which one to buy. Do you have any idea where one can buy the seeds online. I want the country njamajama( huckleberry), okonghongbong, and anchair seeds. Would be grateful if u know where one can order online and the names. Not sure where the Chinese people who grow it buy the seeds from. Thanks
Hi Kelsey, I don't think you can get any of the seeds online. I will try to ask the Hmong people where they got theirs when next I go shopping over the weekend. Then I'll give you feedback. Have a nice day, dear.
Just want to find out if you got any info. on where one can buy the huckleberry seeds from the Hmong people. Thank you!! I want the seeds so badly to grow after this winter.
Hi Kelsey, sorry for the late response. I didn't meet the Njama Njama farmers anymore as they were finished. However, I may be able to get some seeds from a fellow Cameroonian, Perhaps you should email your address so if I succeed in getting the seeds I'll mail them to you.
Will be waiting. Thanks
Very nice. Happy to have found you and get an insight into Minnesota life.
Glad you enjoyed it, Linda!
Precious, this bring back good old memories. We used to sell in the St. Paul market every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, a lot of hard work! We had stopped selling in the St. Paul market for a few years now. We have our customer call to pre order and get the fresh cut from the farm, same day. By doing this way, the vegetables stays fresh and more convenient for the customer and us. Customer don't need to wait for the market to open, but in their own time of the week. We grow Huckleberry (Njama Njama), Bitter Leaves, pumpkin leaves, and Water greens.
Hi Pam, hope I knew you while I was in Minnesota. I could have been ordering from you! Thanks for sharing such sweet memories.