Fresh Produce From the Countryside


José Luis is a humble owner of a modest street side stand at Via Ricardo J. Alfaro in Panama City, Panama.  He rises at the wee hours of the day to buy fresh produce at the periphery market to retail them later at his stand to driving customers going to and from work.

His prices are dramatically cheaper than those of the main supermarket chains and his service is very polite and courteous.  We have buying his merchandise for a long time.  Our family physician has strongly recommended us to eat as much vegetables and fruit as possible.  We take heed of his advice.  At our age, eating a balanced diet with lots of veggies and fruits is adding several years to your future.

Below are several shots of his products.  Take a look.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

This is the last post about José Luis and his humble street side business near our house.  It’s time to move on and look for other subjects in this fascinating city nestled in the middle of the world.  I hope you have enjoyed viewing the food we eat in this part of the world.  Good Day.

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6 thoughts on “Fresh Produce From the Countryside”

    1. Jim and Nena/Linda:

      Having a wide variety of vegetables and tropical fruits is one of the many advantages of living in Panama. The almost perfect weather and absence of storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and so forth and so on, adds to the attraction of the land. We are becoming a serious tourist attraction in Central and South America. Tourism is on the high at this moment in time.

  1. Morning Omar,
    All these posts on José Luis’s produce market are great! And they are also making us ache for all the fruits and veggies there. The post on pifás literally had our mouths watering. So delicious.

    When my kid sister visited Panama with us a couple years ago, she was in heaven with all the fresh fruits and veggies available. Living in the midwestern US, she only gets ‘good’ fruit when it is in season. Even then it has been on a truck for weeks being transported from somewhere. She is coming back to Panama next year with her hubby so tell José Luis to stock up! haha

    jim and nena

    PS, I have the small version of that peeler in the kitchen, that one looks VERY serious. 🙂

  2. Things might get a little rough with veggies soon. There was a horrible storm Saturday in Cerro Punta where most of the country’s vegetables come from. Many greenhouses where plants are started before being put out in the fields were destroyed and crops already in the fields as well.

    And we need to remember the people, adults and children, who were killed in this tragedy.

    http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/state-of-emergency-as-chiriqui-death-toll-hits-nine

  3. I found about the destruction in Cerro Punta and whereabouts through Hilda Pittí on my Facebook page. The photographs were absolutely dramatic of the destruction caused by the river.

    Then I saw the evening news and learned that President Varela and his wife were there to see first hand what happened. My heart goes out for the ones who died and the many who lost all if not most of their possessions. I love rain, but too much of just about anything is bad.

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