The quest for fresh produce here on Providencia has been really challenging. We see several supply ships come and go regularly each week, but it’s clear by the selection in the stores that produce isn’t their main cargo.
Aside from the usual “splurges,” groceries here are inexpensive. Liquor is cheap and duty-free, but the selection is terrible, much to Scott’s dismay.
There are three stores less than a block from each other in town, as well as a produce stand farther up the road. We venture to all of them first, and then backtrack to who’s got the best looking stuff. We’ve been told that Saturday is produce boat day, but have yet to see it reflected in the stores. Everything is closed on Sunday, and by Monday the selection is already starting to dwindle and rot.
Supermarket Erika has become our haven for ice. They sell purified drinking ice in decent size bags for $1.00 each, which thrills Scott.
They also keep a small stock of tortillas, which are impossible to find anywhere else. Once, we found romaine lettuce here in good condition, and snatched it up. Aside from that, we stick to hard goods here. We purchased chicken that was falling out of it’s wrapping, leaving a bag full of meat juice for us to find when we got back to the boat. Chicken here is tougher than we’re used to, so marinating is helpful.
I call this place the “downstairs store,” as you go down two steps from the street, and then another five or six to get inside.
We’ve found that the produce is usually best here, but that’s not always saying much. Often I reach in the case for a tomato, and my fingers go into mush..ick.
There is no mass-produced bread here on the island; instead, everything comes from the bakery in town. The bread and rolls arent’ the yummiest, but it does the job.
This store is referred to as the “upstairs store,” separating it from the downstairs store and Supermarket Erika.
This place is our least favorite for fresh stuff. Sadly, their produce is horrible. Sometimes, I don’t even know what the stuff is, or was.
I’m not sure why, but all of the stores just keep the rotten and wilted produce out on the shelves to die.
We’ve recently discovered a fourth store in town, which is now referred to as the mustard store.
We now find that they regularly have the best produce. Scott even came home one day with a beautiful bag of spinach!
Providencia has been our most challenging grocery experience, but we’re making due. Here are a few more photos.
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