The above photo is basically my selection for sort of dark, leafy greens at my local market. This is as close as I can get to a dark, leafy green (no wonder I have shingles!). Yes, most days I go in there and want to cry. After the rainy season ends, I hope to plant my own veggies on my little balcony.
Here’s some prices for local and imported food: $8 for French’s Dijon. $8 for a box of Kashi Cereal. 3 small heads of garlic is $0.37, a small piece of ginger is $0.17, and an onion is $0.20. Bananas are $.06 each.
An egg ranges from $0.19-$.025 (not sure why the price changes). Celery is charged by the stalk – yes, the individual stalk. Each one is $0.25. The girl thought I was crazy for buying the entire bunch. And the bunch was pretty sad looking. It had lost its crispness and it was only one of two so I chose the less soft of the two.
Surprisingly, a Red Delicious Apple only cost about $.90. Well, it was surprising until I bit into it the next day and it was mealy. I was also surprised at the $1.20 for an avocado. They grow here!
I can’t find chocolate chips for my famous cookies at the local market. And at Automercado, they cost about $6 for a 12 ounce bag (that felt like it had melted by the time I got them home). My hopes and dreams of becoming “the Mrs. Field’s of Costa Rica” went out the window when I saw the cost of the items I needed to make the cookies. I also made Chocolate Peanut Butter cups with the chips for my neighbors last week and they were a huge hit – it seems like you can’t easily get that particular candy here.
A guava is roughly $0.90. A 400 gram bag of garbanzo beans is $1.40.
You always have to look at expiration dates because some of them have been well exceeded – it doesn’t seem like they have much turnover of certain products and they don’t often do inventory. Which is probably why on any given day, they’re out of items. I thought they didn’t carry sundried tomatoes but they do, just not always. Even butter and wheat bread is sometimes not available.
Totally shocking was when I found Skippy at my dinky little market next to where I live. Of course, it was the only jar and it cost $10, compared to $5 for Jif.
And here are a few more photos…
I really am trying to eat more locally but somehow I still leave the Automercado with $100 less in my bank account. Even the little supermarket where these photos were taken averages me about $25.