Capital Market: Mexican Fruit/ Deli Spanish Market

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Mexican Fruit
1309 5th Street NE
Washington, DC
Mon-Sat 6AM-5PM
Cash Only

Description: The fruit stand tends to be hit or miss in finding something suitable, but they have some of the cheapest produce and are always worth a visit when you’re in the market area. On visits where it is a sure hit, items are only slightly bruised or just has one spoiled item and you walk away with bags of fruits and veggies for less than $5. Misses are days when it seems that 1/2 of everything is doomed for the compost.

What is carried wildly varies and depends on when you show up. Usually there is garlic, tomatoes, onions, some sort of citrus, and potatoes. What’s not usually there is the surprise that makes it worth the visit, such as miniature pineapples, strawberries, just ripe avocados, celery, asparagus, bananas, plantains, melons, mushrooms, corn, blueberries, blackberries, apples, and the like. This stop is best for the creative cook who doesn’t need pretty fruits and veggies, and who can tolerate to chop off the bruises.

Extra: Present your bags to Marta or Marta’s sister (they are the young women with short aprons) who will look in the bag and come to a price. You can try to haggle or work out a deal to get more for your buck.

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