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The farmers markets are near the top of our list of things we miss about Chile.  It's been about a month since we last did our grocery shopping at one in Santa Cruz.  The last day we went they were selling watermelon by the slice at the Saturday market, and I heard that someone found fresh strawberries at the Sunday market.  With Spring in South America now in full swing, we're wondering how the varieties and prices of fresh foods at the markets have changed?  

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Hello Elwez,

Yes, the farmers market has changed somewhat in the spring. Some prices on products like the bell peppers started to go down and some, like the apples, started to climb up.

And of course, with the new season, we see new produce. I think you guys left right before the great stuff started to appear.  Right now we enjoy lots of great asparagus at a $1.45 a big bundle. About 4 weeks ago we started having strawberries. First, they were at 1,700 CLP/kg, which is $1.12/pound and today I bought some at 750 CLP/kg, which is $0.49/pound. Within the last week, we bought more than 50 lbs of strawberries. We love to eat them while they are fresh and in season and freeze a lot for smoothies as well.

The watermelons are still by the slice and I think that will change only in a month or so....

 

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Hello Rufina,

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?

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Hello Karen,

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!

 

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