Insane Food Prices In Puerto Rico

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  • Published on Aug 29, 2018
  • Join me as I head through San Juan to discover the cost of produce.

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Comments • 37

  • The Driver
    The Driver 10 months ago

    LOL I'm from the island and those food prices are NUTS. Especially the Walmart price!!

  • EqualLandFreePeople
    EqualLandFreePeople Year ago +2

    Cauliflower is a horrible test since it is grown in cool climates. What about all the other produce, the bag of oranges for $0.99 is cheaper? If it can be grown on the island, I think it would be cheaper.

  • Ana Oq-Ra
    Ana Oq-Ra Year ago

    I’ll be great if additional to going through the groceries stores and compare their cauliflower prices, quality, etc you can explain WHY the prices are high for imported produce. I dont believe cauliflower is a local produce of PR. The Jones Act affects anything that is imported to the island. Perhaps eating local produce may be more affordable.

  • Brooke Wold
    Brooke Wold Year ago +3

    How are you liking Puerto Rico so far?! I recently moved here and I’m trying to adjust!

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago

      That would be great! Send me a message on instagram! Link in description :)

    • Brooke Wold
      Brooke Wold Year ago

      Crypto Mariah I’m living in Condado for now! We should connect!

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago

      Brooke Wold I am loving it here! So glad I made the move. What area are you living in?

  • Edwin Mercado
    Edwin Mercado Year ago

    DACO were are you...

  • erniezer feliciano
    erniezer feliciano Year ago +3

    Produce is really high in PR, due to import costs. Is not as easy as having illegal workers in CA and truck transport to other states. “PR is surrounded by water” and the ships get their passports checked before they leave CA, with that Cauliflower.

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago

      erniezer feliciano Great tip! Thank you for the info.

    • erniezer feliciano
      erniezer feliciano Year ago +1

      Crypto Mariah Yes! this is what I was referring to when I said, “they check their passports before the leave CA to PR” and Yes new funding is available and there’s a lot of land which creates a new opportunity for farming. When you visit a Farmer Stand, ask them for the crop, even if you don’t see it, so they get the hint of what more people are looking for. This also goes, for other stores. My experience is that they usually bring it not long after.

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago

      I believe it's the Jone's Act that is causing these prices. I am not too familiar with it, but it's a problem that needs to be solved. I would love to see more farming here!

    • erniezer feliciano
      erniezer feliciano Year ago

      On another note, for native things, is better to go to Farmer Markets (aka Plaza del Mercado) or even farmers themselves. If you drive to places like Lares, en route you will find multiple local farmers roadside that raise things at home and therefore are organic.
      I believe that we all should request a Whole Foods location in PR and it could be something that the Act 20/22 society should invest in, initiating Organic plantations in PR.

  • Steve Smith
    Steve Smith Year ago

    Have you tried to find a farmer's market? or just a farmer?

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago

      I have gone to two farmers markets that were both weak and had more pastries than produce. I do know of a farmer, but with limited items and being 30 miles away, it's challenging.

  • Steve Smith
    Steve Smith Year ago

    Organic food is the only real food. Anything else is fake.

  • Nicole Bentley
    Nicole Bentley Year ago

    Dang!!!!! When i move to puerto rico im going to have a fat garden :) any chem trails in puerto rico???

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago

      I do feel much better after living here. No sneezing or congestion!

    • Nicole Bentley
      Nicole Bentley Year ago +1

      @Mariah Vitoria I just checked it out. There are a few videos of chemtrails in PR. The air is so caca in cali. Im glad your getting some fresh air. My boyfriend thinks im crazy haha.

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago +1

      I can't confirm chem trails. If you have the space, YES on the garden! I would love to grow food, but on the 15th floor of a condo that's not ideal lol.

  • dang0088 da
    dang0088 da Year ago +1

    I was in asford and took the #5 bus to satuare walmart the same one u go to there, the chinese food was ok. Lunch time there the line is crazy for cafeteria foods.

  • Kevin H Harmony
    Kevin H Harmony Year ago

    Lmao, I buy the Kirkland Normandy Blend from Costco. Of all Items, you are picking one of those imported items. San Jan is way too expensive for me. I stick to Plaza Loiza in Bayamon. 2 lb. yellow onions for $0.89, Potatoes 5lb 2 for $5. Those avocados are from Santo Domingo, I never buy those, they have no flavor.. I have an Avocado tree in my back yard but it only puts out in October/ November ; so so creamy like the mexican/californian little avocados. Check out " shop.pr/ ", It has the circulars (shoppers) for the stores. Maybe that would help but honestly, you are in the wrong location for cheap produce.

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago

      It is challenging!

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago

      I will have to check out Plaza Loiza. I am quite jealous you have an Avocado tree. That is my dream!! Thank you for all the tips!

    • Kevin H Harmony
      Kevin H Harmony Year ago +1

      I hear you, I understand. I grow some of my own food but really, gmo or non gmo, the vegetables are still good for me, they are easy to prepare with meals and they do seem to be of good quality. It's not easy to grow brocolli in PR, forget about cauliflower. I wish I could buy all organic, but that's just not possible. :(

    • dang0088 da
      dang0088 da Year ago

      if you dont buy organic you are buying gmo stuff, monsantos.

  • Alexander Ramos
    Alexander Ramos Year ago +2

    Try Econo super market it's a lot cheaper than any other super market in the island.

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago +1

      Thank you for the tip! I have seen Econo stores from a distance, but didn't realize they were grocery stores. The logo registered as a hardware store in my brain lol.

    • dang0088 da
      dang0088 da Year ago

      the cheap stuff are gmo.

  • Ramon Lopez
    Ramon Lopez Year ago +3

    Everything in San Juan is too high

  • Ramon Lopez
    Ramon Lopez Year ago +1

    You need to shop out of San Juan.

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago

      Got it. Thank you for the tip!

    • Ramon Lopez
      Ramon Lopez Year ago

      All i know you need to go shpping out pf san juan. I moved to Conneticut 16 years ago. But i know san juan is like that. Thats why residents go out of the city to buy groceries. Im going to call my brother who work there to see where you can go.

    • Mariah Vitoria
      Mariah Vitoria  Year ago +1

      Do you have suggestions of places to shop?