Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Why we don't have a garden...

Bananas from our own tree, hanging to ripen from the lichi tree in the back patio

Fresh, clean vegetables delivered to our door for about $3 USD

Friends and family back in the states have asked us why we don't have a garden. Certainly, everything grows here very quickly...and we do have several tomato plants growing this year. But our region has abundant truck farms, with tomatoes, beans, chiles, corn, pineapples, bananas, papayas, mangoes, guavas, on and on and on....So the availability of fruits and vegetables that are fresh and vine/tree-ripened is amazing. They are sold in the open-air markets, in the corner tiendas and in the supermarket. But best of all, is our vegetable seller Ricardo, who peddles up to our front gate on his bicycle weekly, with his basket full of fresh, clean, delectable vegetables, like the ones pictured. The mixed vegetables have corn, carrots, beans, chayote, nopal, broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini. I will mix all of the pictured vegetables together in a casserole tonight to take to a potluck...other friends are making meatloaf, garlic mashed potatoes and blackberry cobbler. And we are meeting at our friend Marlene's house, which is right on the beach. We will have a feast, for the tummy and for the eyes. Life is so good.