Road side stalls selling fruit and vegetables direct from the grower are very common in Jordan. I should clarify that when I say road side that I literally mean on the side of the road in the emergency lane, or if there isn’t an emergency lane then on the road itself! Gives new meaning to drive-thru service! But if you want cheap, fresh produce then this is the only way to shop.
The stalls are set up on 4 lane highways where the traffic is driving past at 100 kms/hr +. If you are in the market for some fruit and vegetables you drive in the outer lane and slow down (sort of) as you approach the stall to see if there is anything that takes your fancy. If there is you stop in the lane (don’t worry about pulling off the side of the road), wind down your window and yell out to the vendor how much is there price for the produce that you want. A bit of bartering ensues and if the vendor matches the price that you are willing to buy then you might pull slightly off the road and complete the transaction, but more often than not you just stay in the car and the deal is done through the window.
Another way of buying cheap fruit and vegetables is from the back of the trucks and vans in the market centre. These vans or trucks wil have driven over the dead sea valley and brought up produce straight from the grower and then they come back to town and sell it in bulk amounts. You don’t just buy one or two tomatoes but a whole box.