Glimpse of India’s Sunday Food Market

For many people in India, Sunday is a big meal day. Typically, they buy fresh food from market, cook and eat with all family members. It is also a day for them to stack up food for the following week. Though super markets and online services available to deliver food to their home, most of the Indians still go to the Sunday market to buy food directly from the food growers.

The food growers setup shops similar to Farmers market in US, sell their products and leave the place late in the evening. During the 14 hours day they meet their customers face to face, promote their food items by offering instant discounts. It is quite interesting to watch how the customers bargain the price to get vegetables at a discounted price. If you’re a good negotiator you can get bargain food items. Also if you go at the end of the day, you may get the food items for a great bargain.

I took these photos in different places around Tamil Nadu, in all those food market I saw one common pattern, no middle-man in between the seller and the buyer and at the end of the day both are happy.

Author: Balaji Parandaman

I am a Travel enthusiast and I always find exotic locations within South India and take my family and friends. If you’re interested in knowing new and unexplored getaways that are not yet known to outside world please contact me. I also arrange economic tour packages to families.


  1. Subbu Narayanan says:

    Wonderful pictures!

  2. Hi Subbu,
    Thanks for the comments

  3. Swati Jaiswal says:

    Colorful market!… I like the spices …..

  4. Swati Jaiswal says:

    I live in Delhi-NCR area, India. Here in some sectors the fruit, vegetable, day-to-day items and spice sellers from nearby cities and villages gather on a particular day and a beautiful and big market suddenly appears. Thousands of sellers selling their stuff quite cheap..

  5. Resham Virk says:

    The layout and the spread of Sunday market is same all over India. Have been to Gawhati, Assam and even in Anantnag, Jammu and kashmir the Sunday market is the same. Great clicks

  6. Boby John says:

    Balaji hi!

    I am a collector of exotic cillies ranging from Bhut Jolokia to Habaneros to Bird’s eye and a lot of local varieties.

    On frame 12 you have shown some variety that looks famuliar. Spicy and fruity. Could you help me find some seeds?

    Thx in advance.

  7. Shrishti says:

    It is always fun purchasing vegetables and other food items in these weekly food markets directly from the villagers and farmers.

  8. Shrishti says:

    Nice clicks by the way!

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