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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Grocery Shopping Mexico

Living close to the U.S. Mexico border creates opportunities. We shop for groceries on both sides, making frequent trips especially for produce. A huge volume of the winter produce for the U.S. and Canada enters the U.S. at the Nogales port of entry. About 1,200 trucks cross into the United States daily, and most of what they carry is fresh fruit and vegetables.
On a recent trip, for example, at a Nogales, Sonora supermarket we picked up broccoli, cucumbers, celery, onions, garlic, carrots and tomatoes. The tomato sale amounted to a cost of converted to about 30 cents a pound in U.S. The quality is usually superb. Often the packaging of some produce is identical to what we find in the U.S. Fresh herbs, fruit in season such as strawberries and bananas are also often a great value.
We are careful to review the list of permissible items for return to the U.S. before we make purchase decisions.
The bakery is also a usual stop on our shopping trips. There is nothing quite like fresh baked bolillos, small individual bread loaves, with butter or peanut butter.

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