Alms (/ɑːmz/, /ɑːlmz/) or almsgiving involves giving to others as an act of virtue, either materially or in the sense of providing capabilities (e.g. education) free. It exists in a number of religions and regions - Wikipedia. In Buddhism, this morning ritual is also referred to as making merit. Beginning at dawn, the Monks walk around the monastery led by the elders first and receive rice, food, fruit, and flowers by members of the community who wait patiently on the side of the street.
It is important these offerings are giving with good intentions, with gratitude; the desire to help the Monks sustain themselves in order to continue the teachings of the Buddha; and an opportunity to practice giving and letting go.
Morning Market never ceases to amaze me in every country in South East Asia. From fresh produce, to prepared foods to clothes and household goods, everything is available. We soon learned it is often more cost effective to eat at the market than purchase ingrediants and cook at home. Many people either do not have the ability to prepare and store food as in a kitchen or fridge, so the market is practical on many levels. I couldn't help but compare it to the once a week Farmer's Market in Los Angeles selling expensive organic foods which I am still happy to buy from in order to support small farms and receive great produce! As far as dairy free and gluten free, I'm beyond happy here as so many products are rice flour and coconut milk!