Limes the size of Oranges!!
Oranges the size of Grapefruits!!
Grapefruits the size of Cabbages!!
Cabbages the size of Watermelons!!
5 Limes for $1
10 Bananas for $1 TEN, YES TEN!!!
Sorry if I sound too excited or find it hard to believe the prices of produce in the mainland. We have been in the city for two weeks now and enjoying heading to the market to purchase veggies and fruits. Compared to prices in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, I don’t have to cut one arm and a leg to afford eating healthier.
The Michael Finnegan Market is one of the best places in the city to get cheap veggies and fruits. Once they make their way to the supermarkets their prices soar, skyrocketing once they reach the islands. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday are the very best days when fresh produce arrives to the market from the farmers/producers in the mainland; and you better get up early to get your hands on the best and freshest products – 5a.m. early! If that is too early for you, getting there around 9a.m. or 10a.m. is not so bad.
There are plenty of vendors throughout the market, so I would advise you to walk around, scope out the best produce and ask for prices. Once you have found what you like, start shopping and bargaining with the vendors, there is almost always someone with the best/cheapest prices.
Our favorite vendor lies at the far north corner of the market; the lady there is very friendly, she carries a variety of produce, plus they are fresh and her stalls are the cleanest.
It might take a bit of work and time during your veggie hunt, but its worth the time, effort and your pocket will thank you. Nobody said that eating healthy was easy or the cheapest, but you can find a way. I would only wish it was this much easier in San Pedro, and cheaper of course. We love the accessibility and variety of fruits and veggies that we can get in the city.
I speak for islanders, because I know that people in the outer districts have access to cheaper produce and free for those who have mango, avocado and lime trees in their back yards. Jealous!!! So whenever you find yourself in the city and have a couple hours to spare, visit the market to stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies; it’s totally worth it.