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?
Yes, we will do updates regularly soon. For now, we had more of paperwork to get done, and we put part of the roads in. Also, we imported the equipment for metal frame manufacturing from Australia and delivered it to the property. It is operational now. As soon as more of the active part will begin we will post updates regularly on the website.
Elwez, thank you so much for all the information! That was quite brave what you did! I am not ready to do the next step yet but thank you for your offer. I will stop by the development on my next visit to Chile. Meanwhile, I will continue observing this site, do you know if they will have some progress updates? I would love to see some pictures, to see what is going on...
Do you know at what stage the subdivision is at?
@Dylan66 - The money issue is an obstacle. You can't have a queasy stomach and buy land in Chile.
I flew my money in, which is scary until you understand the laws and understand your rights. Have the withdraw receipt from your bank, and then declare it to the TSA in the U.S. and upon arrival in Chile. They will take you to a back room at the airport, count it and document it. I remember being incredibly nervous about it, and when it was all over thinking to myself "That's it?"
You can find lawyers in Chile that you can trust. It takes some ground work but they are there. I can recommend a lawyer, who is the son of the immigration guy I am working with to get my permanent Visa. He has done work for other expats, and everyone who uses him swears by him.
If you ask Rufina, she has my personal contact info. I'd be happy to talk to you on the phone if you have any questions.