Yes, it was a 6.3 earthquake. Quite bigger than usual. The epicenter was about 60 miles away from the property. Gladly we didn’t have a big impact at all. The house was shaking for about 30 seconds, but no things flying off the shelves or anything like that.
In the news I saw that about a month ago there was a huge earthquake in Chile. And looking at the map it seems like it was close to your region. How are you guys? Any damage? Was it close? Did you feel it?
Yes, you are correct, it is currently wintertime here in Chile. And yes, I am glad to report that they do have farmers markets in Chile during winter. Here in Santa Cruz, Colchagua Valley, we have 3 farmers markets that I know of during the week. I would say that they are about the same size as in the summer time, but of course the veggies and fruits and the prices are different. Sometimes, when it rains on a farmers market day, you will find that about one third of the sellers do not show up.
Currently we have lots of potatoes, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, carrots, radishes and still plenty of greens. I would say that I do not see a huge difference in the veggie department. Maybe a bit higher prices on bell peppers, no asparagus and the avocados do not taste as great as they did in summertime. The bigger difference is in the fruits. Of course we do not have strawberries or for that matter any other berries. But we have more apples,pears, oranges, lemons, pomegranates, persimmons, grapes, kiwis and such.
And of course, the prices are still lower than you would find them in the States or Europe in wintertime or even the summertime.
Persimmons and pomegranates are 1,000 CLP per kg, which is US$ 0.65/lb (at current exchange rate)
Oranges and lemons are about 500 CLP per kg, which is US$ 0.33/lb (at current exchange rate)
Apples and pears are about 400 CLP per kg, which is US$ 0.26/lb (at current exchange rate)
I hope you will find this information helpful! I will attach a few pictures of this Saturdays farmers market!
I enjoyed reading what you have on the farmers market in October, which is springtime in Chile. Do you think you can write a bit about what you currently have? As I understand it is wintertime there right now. Do they even have farmers markets during winter in Chile? If yes, what would you be able to find for sale?