Shop Healthy & Inexpensive at the Lake Chapala Market.

January 26, 2011

Like great fresh from the farm produce, veggies and hand cut beef and pork just how you want it?

Then you will want to go shopping at the Central Plaza Market in Chapala.

It's also great for a very inexpensive lunch ($3 to $4 USD), fresh juices of all kinds and of course for people watching.

I also found a North American and conducted an inpromptu interview with him which worked out well.

(Sorry for the poor audio quality. I'm using new software and still learning.)


I love the market area and often have lunch there, get a show shine ($1.50 USD) and perhaps do some banking.Don't listen to the people who tell you that Lake Chapala has too many North Americans and they prefer the real Mexico. You just saw the real Mexico. (Note we also have a WalMart if you prefer to shop more North American Style.

Hope you enjoyed the video. It's even better in person. So come see for yourself. You can do it and the Dreeam Team and I can help!

Tu amigo,


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  • Louise Snare

    I was told you have to soak all fruits and veggies in iodine water, is that ALL of these that we’ve seen here?

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Louise,

    You just soak the fruit/veggies that you can’t peel. About 10 to 15 minutes is long enough.

    Most people use the drops sold in the stores displayed next to the veggies.

    It becomes second nature.  Some items come in cell bags pre-washed and we don’t soak these.
    Important to break a head of lettuce open and soak the leaves because the solution may not
    penetrate all the way into the core of the lettuce head.

    If there’s any after taste you can then rinse the item in purified water. Many homes here have whole house water purification systems or at least one in the kitchen for cooking and drinking water. Most people brush their teeth with tap water with no ill effects.

    Always a good idea to ask someone that knows about the water quality before. We do not take any water out of the Lake, but instead all of the water piped to homes comes from deep wells.

    Most wells have good water, but if the pipes are old the water could pick up something between the well head and your house.

    Thanks for your question Louise. Tu amigo, Sid

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