|On a corner near Salinas Grande|
She and her teenage son have a colourful jumble of boxes and sacks set out on the curb; juicy oranges and ripe yellow mangoes, prickly fresh pineapples and large heads of green cabbage. It's a kaleidoscope of hues and shapes.
|At a speed-bump on road to Chetumal|
|Across from tortilla bakery (Photo J. Ghog)|
|Near kindergarten on our street|
|Doña Florentina (Tony Garcia photo)|
Doña Florentina sells more than just produce. A few years ago Betsy Snider and Captain Tony Garcia purchased a few live laying hens from her. During the long arduous trip from the farm near Valladolid to Isla Mujeres the hens were stuffed into an old net bag that had previously been used for shipping oranges. When the hens were released at their new home they happily settled in to lay delicious eggs, while keeping snakes, scorpions and assorted bugs under control. "I loved those birds," said Betsy. Organic farming at its best; invented before marketing companies decided that organic farming was sexy and marketable.
|Doña Florentina on Matamores & Juarez|
In all of these produce stands there are no best before dates, no multi-national corporation "Chiquita Banana" or "Dole" stickers on the goods. You won't find blueberries, or cherries, or apples. The produce is regionally grown, and sold when ripe.
Pick it up, smell it. Savour the freshness. And don't forget to eat your vegetables!
Lynda & Lawrie
|Lawrie with two dollar pineapple|
If anyone has photos of Doña Florentina sitting on her corner in centro, Betsy Snider is planning to create a photo memento book for her. Betsy is on FaceBook and would love to receive a copy of your photos. Or you can send them to me and I will forward to Betsy.