This fruit truck usually comes on Saturdays. It pulls up outside our gate and the driver whistles or shouts to get our attention. It is an extended family that runs this business, sometimes we see the son in his late teens/early twenties or the grandfather along to help for the day. All of them attempt to learn the English words for their produce, and they are very patient with me when I ask over and over again the names in Spanish. This weekly experience is one my favorite opportunities to practice the language.
We eat a ton of fresh produce! Fuits and vegetables are the main sources of daily snacks for the kids. The rest I use for my daily cooking needs.
All of this on the table will be gone by Thursday or Friday, and I’ll be desperate for the arrival of the truck again by Saturday. We don’t buy extra because even if we did have room for more, most of it wouldn’t last a whole week. All of this comes from local resources and is ripe when it arrives. No preservatives or sprays to extend shelf life!
This week’s purchase includes: 1 large bunch of cilantro, 1 huge pineapple, 1 enormous papaya, 1 lb of strawberries, 3 cucumbers, 5 bunches of garlic, 2 large carrots, 1 lb of red onions, and 8 apples. Plus, 4 oranges given as a thank you “gift”. The total for all of it was $8!!!