Friday, April 1, 2016
Organic Produce in Puerto Rico
It is not very easy to find organic produce in the supermarkets in Puerto Rico. You can find some, but it is super expensive and all imported. That was one of my big disappointments of living here. I also live in a very wet area that makes it hard to grow our own vegetables, like tomatoes, for everything molds before finally ripening. But just south of us in Cabo Rojo, the climate dries out for some really great growing. That is where Productos Sana, Inc. calls home. I heard about it from a few friends that got their veggies from Sana and stopped at the farm stand in Rincon. I wanted to get it, but didn't want to drive to Rincon every week to pick up a box. Little did I know there was a drop in Mayaguez, too.
A few weeks ago we started getting a weekly box from Sana and I can't believe how amazing it is. It is all grown locally and organically. It is the first USDA certified farm in Puerto Rico. We get to pick from a variety of fruits and vegetables every week. Things change up every week so you won't get bored with the same things week after week. I unpacked our box this last night, washed everything up and had it on the table to dry. Ben came and saw everything for the first time and was very impressed. We received pineapples, bananas, papaya, oranges, radishes, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, avocados and eggplants this week. He and the kids started eating bananas and oranges right away. I didn't get any prepared foods this week and since we pay ahead, we get a few more veggies than the average large box every week. We've been making a lot of smoothies with the cucumbers, kale, bananas and kefir. I add an apple and blueberries to the mixture to up the sweetness. If the bananas are this spotted, I peel and freeze them right away for smoothies and banana "ice cream" for the kids.
We tried some of their prepared foods, like granola, hot sauce, yogurt and salad dressings. The granola is great, but I make that myself, so I'd rather get veggies instead. We also tried the hot sauce. It didn't meet Ben's expectations of the level of heat. He calls it a good starter hot sauce, very mild and sweet. He is getting the kids to use it. The salad dressings were very nice, but just a bit too sweet for me. So, just veggies and fruit for us now!