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 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 because of the fertile land and climates which make it possible to grow and harvest an abundant variety of delicious fruits, vegetables, 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 purveyors of specialty foods like bakers, butchers, and fishmongers will provide you with fresh food at the most affordable prices. Most of these local markets and stores are stocked with locally-sourced fish and meats, and locally grown and harvested fruit and veg.  You will need to speak some Spanish to navigate your way around these—especially as the experience is as much as social occasion as a trading one.

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 open-air tianguis: you buy what’s available in-season locally, and enjoy something different 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.

Whether you are visiting for a week or two, or living in Mexico part-time or full-time, you’ll have an opportunity to experience delicious fresh produce grown locally while you’re here. Eating good food 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—in that sense, wholesome fresh food is also part of your healthcare plan.

A final point of note: in Mexico, good food that’s nutritionally-rich and deliciously tasty is readily available and it’s very affordable. 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 in Mexico.

See Also: Drinking Water in Mexico

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1 Comment

  1. Maestra Irvin says

    Even though I love the open markets of produce and boots, I can’t resist a 2am food cart of mini tacos, wrapped in foil.

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