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In New York City, I like going to farmers’ markets—you can get great produce, support famers directly, and discover that a surprising number of upstate New York’s fruit pickers are from Tibet. (It was surprising to me, anyway. Perhaps everyone else already knew.)

In Mexico City, on the other hand, I go to the exact opposite place: the Central De Abasto, Latin America’s biggest food market. The market covers 304 hectares, the products come from all over Mexico, and the sections that only sell bananas, onions, or carrots are each bigger than the entire Union Square Greenmarket. On the other end of the scale, the Central De Abasto also plays host to tough-looking guys selling limes from the back of a van.

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Photos: Courtesy of Hamish Anderson

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Hamish Anderson

Writer/Restaurateur
Hamish Anderson is a writer, editor, occasional radio DJ, and restaurateur. A native Englishman and longtime New York resident, he is currently based in Mexico City, having moved there in ...