This past Saturday morning, hubs and I went to the Mercadome Flea Market to look around, listen to the entertainment, and to take a little break from house stuff.

The Mercadome is a large Mexican market just under two miles from our park.

The market hosts a variety of vendors, selling everything but the kitchen sink, and come to think of it, we may have seen a few of those too.

Perhaps the best bargains are on fresh produce. Three avocados for one dollar is unheard of in grocery stores.

There were also large bags of peppers and tomatoes and onions for one dollar per bag. Papayas and pineapples were two dollars each. It was a fruit and vegetable lovers’ paradise.

Our farmers’ markets at home don’t sell their produce at anywhere near these prices. When I recently shared these photos with my friends at home, one commented that she recently paid $2 for one cucumber.

With the high cost of food these days, the vendors at the Mercadome market are doing a brisk business.

Photo Note: I took the originals of both of these photos into Snapseed to do some minor tweaks on the brightness and contrast. When there’s a lot of bright red in a photo, as in the one of the peppers and tomatoes, it can sometimes appear to run together and lose some definition, so I also tightened that up a bit with the details tool.

“There’s never been a culture that wasn’t obsessed with food. The sort of sad thing is that our obsession is no longer with food, but with the price of food.”

Jonathan Safran Foer