Food and Drink, Markets and Trade

Locally Produced Fresh Mexican Food

Fresh Food in Mexico

Ask visitors and foreign residents what they enjoy most about being in Mexico and they will usually mention the climate and the food.  Mexico’s gastronomy is an experience in its own right, brought about in good part through the fertile land and diverse climates which make it possible to grow and harvest an abundant variety of delicious fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and pulses.

When you’re visiting Mexico on vacation, you’ll get to experience the food each day on your meal tables, and if you’re living here you’ll enjoy immediate access to fresh, wholesome, foods in Mexico and at very affordable prices.

Shopping at local markets and buying your comestibles from purveyors of specialty foods like bakers, butchers, and fishmongers will provide you with fresh food at the most affordable prices. You will need to speak some Spanish to navigate your way around these local stores as the traders rarely speak much English.

Another way to source local produce is to visit a farmers’ market (sometimes referred to artisan food or organic markets) which set-up in some towns and cities across the country.  These tend to be more expensive than local markets, and some of them only operate during the high-season.  They all offer a social event as well as being a shopping venue and if you don’t speak any Spanish the traders (or organizers) are usually able to assist with translation.

Supermarkets in the US, Canada, and Europe have effectively deseasonalized their fresh produce shelves by flying-in foods from around the world. No one is flying-in food to sell at your local market hall, open-air tianguis or farmers’ market in Mexico: you buy what’s available in-season locally, and enjoy different flavors when the season changes. There is something quite special about anticipating the experience of eating deliciously ripe mangoes which become abundant from late spring, enjoying them at their peak in the summer, and not expecting them to be there after September.

Good food that’s nutritionally-rich and deliciously tasty is readily available and it’s very affordable.  Whether you are visiting for a week or two, or living in Mexico part-time or full-time, you’ll have an opportunity to eat delicious fresh produce grown locally. Eating fresh produce helps you to feel better, think better, and live better.  It helps you to accomplish more with your day and keeps your body’s natural immune system strong. When treated in the context of a lifestyle choice, wholesome fresh food is also part of your healthcare plan. If as part of your lifestyle changes, you’re also seeking to change your diet to one that features more fresh ingredients with less processed foods and additives, you’ll be able to do that less expensively in Mexico than you can in the US, Canada, or Europe.

You can learn more about the many places you can shop for food in our guide to Shopping and Local Markets in Mexico, which also includes a list of the names in Spanish describing local food purveyors including pescaderia, panaderia, and verdureria—purveyors of the type which have become scarce in some developed countries, but which are still thriving local businesses here.

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