We have found that the weekly tiaguis market is the very best place to go and buy your fruits and veggies in Mexico.
Plus, it's fun to go to the tianguis market!
Around 11:00am, we walked up to the main road. It's only a few minutes from where Sherman is parked. Collectivo taxis go by at least every few minutes, but sometimes they are full and you have to wait for the next one. We didn't have to wait long though, and off we went.
Going into Valle de Bravo, there is only one two lane road from this direction, and it often gets backed up at that time of day. It's sometimes just as fast to walk, so we get out about 1 km early and walk the rest of the way. Also, we have learned that if we do this, our cost into town is only 10 pesos ($0.84 CAD) instead of 13 pesos ($1.10 CAD).
Sunday is a busy day in Valle de Bravo.
As we walked, I was keeping my eyes open for a mechanical or automotive shop. I had brought Sherman's bad battery cable with me to try and match it up to something. But while most typical shops were open, the mechanics appeared to be taking Sunday off. Until we came across this one...
Ruth, at the counter of the meachanics shop.
He didn't have a new one that would work, so I asked if he could repair the old one. He disappeared and came back 10 minutes later with a new connector on the end of the cable. Nice! Not the best quality of connector, but it will do until I can buy a new cable at a later date.
Cost of repairs? 20 pesos ($1.68 CAD).
This little kitchen supply shop was packed full of goods, with only enough room for a couple of customers at a time.
We made our way to the central area where the Sunday market takes place. Typically, the government will shut down a road or two, and that's where the majority of the market takes place. Vendors set up tarps to protect themselves and their goods from the sun or rain and often once you're in that area you forget that you're standing on the street. It seems like you're in an enclosed area.
Lots of colors and lots of stuff to look at.
We wandered around a bit without buying anything so that we wouldn't have to carry stuff until the end.
Depending on the size of the market, there will be at least several different vendors selling fruits and veggies. This market had at least a dozen. The largest vendor is not necessarily the best and we've learned to watch for which vendor is the busiest. Usually, the locals know which one has the best combination of both price and quality of product.
So we chose one, and did our fruit and veggie shopping. It was quite busy there, and with Ruth choosing the items and me hanging on to them, I didn't get any photos at that point!
The candy vendor!
We made a couple more stops...one to get some carnitas for take home, and one to buy some chicken. Odd, but the shops on the outskirts of the central area wanted 44 pesos ($3.70 CAD) per kg for chicken breast and the ones in the market wanted 55 pesos ($4.62) per kg. So we walked back to the outskirts for that before getting a collectivo taxi home.
Back home, we sorted our goods and got everything stored away.
Nice fresh veggies...and a 1/2 kg of strawberries.
131 pesos ($10.87 CAD, $7.75 USD) for all of this.
Large head of lettuce.
Small bag of fresh mushrooms.
Decent sized bag of green beans.
3 large onions.
1/2 kg of fresh strawberries.
3 small bunches of broccoli.
1 medium cauliflower.
3 medium tomatoes.
About a dozen assorted potatoes.
Most individual items we didn't price check. We asked about the potatoes and they were 10 pesos ($0.84 CAD) per kg, and in the big commercial grocery store they had been almost double that. Hardly any locals buy fruits or veggies at the grocery store...they go to the weekly tiaguis market.
The strawberries are delicious. Not like the big tasteless steroid ones that you buy in Canada or the United States. They cost us 40 pesos per kg, (about $1.50 CAD per lb) a bit more than we have paid in the past. So our 1/2 kg bag cost 20 pesos ($1.63 CAD).
We didn't buy more fruits at this time because we still had a pineapple and some grapefruit that we bought earlier in the week.
Then, we had lunch!
Carnitas consist of tortillas with pork, salsa, hot veggies, and lemon. Yummy, and for only 40 pesos ($3.32 CAD) for the two of us. And we have leftovers!
We relaxed for the afternoon. Did some reading, and sat outside in the perfect weather.
Ruth made a delicious pad thai type of dish for dinner. With a few more veggies than what a pad thai would typically include...
The photo doesn't do it justice. It was delicious!
And, we had to suffer through another beautiful sunset.
As our friend Croft would say...life is good!
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