We are lucky to live in Chiriqui Province where they grow most of the produce for all of Panama. There is very fertile soil and cooler temperatures up in “the highlands”, or up in the mountains so they grow tons of vegetables. It is something to see the farms literally on the sides of the mountains! It’s a beautiful area and if you want to see some photos, check out a previous post on Cerro Punta.
Most Panamanians don’t have a lot of money so they have to shop carefully and get the best value for every penny. When my neighbor said she knew of the best produce market and offered to show me, of course I agreed! But, she said we have to go on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday after 3PM because that is when the trucks come in with new supplies.
We are lucky to live here where we can have inexpensive, delicious, and very fresh produce every day. I noticed that I started feeling better within a month of moving here and I really think the fresh food has a lot to do with it. One time we lost the can opener and didn’t notice for weeks! It’s great to have fresh fruits and vegetables for every meal. This is one more reason to love Panama.