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Grocery Grabs #9- San Marcos Market

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Alex Hughes — March 24, 2018… Right by CSUSM, there is a market that I always pass by on the Sprinter, “San Marcos Market”. It is similar in appearance to Rodeo Market by Vista Transit Center because of its two story building with a market on the bottom and living quarters on the top. The neighborhood is also similar to North Santa Fe as it contains many Mexican restaurants and grocery stores.

I stood on the curb where the traffic on West Mission Road was zooming right past. There was barely enough room for me to take pictures of the sign out front. One step in the wrong direction, and I would be a flapjack! The front of the store was where the weekly deals were pasted right by the doorway on these large bulletin boards. It was what you would see in the mail-outs each week for Albertsons and Stater Bros. The parking lot area also has some too, but in much rougher condition. You may also notice some San Marcos representation here! I “rep” Vista!

Photos by Alex Hughes

On the inside, I saw fresh baked Mexican bread to the left and the check-out station to the right. I walked into the produce section already familiar with many of the “exotic” foods such as chili peppers, cactus, watercress, tomatillos, Tajin etc. I noticed that the selection here was not as varied as the other markets. I ended up buying the fruits and veggies that I buy at Albertsons at a higher cost! Bordering this section were shelves that had lots of beans! Beans, Beans, Beans! The next sections were home and cleaning supplies followed by condiments and canned foods. I would decide to buy mustard and mayo elsewhere. The last section was alcohol which was not on my list.

What I liked the best was the meat counter where they had huge blocks of squishy lard. It was pure white and slick off the cling wrap. A giant cushion cube. Very cool!

            On my list this week was:

  • Red Plums
  • Tortilleria Gabriel and Mexican Food (Tortillas)
  • Plantain
  • Chayote
  • Dates
  • Salsa Huichol (*Hard to Open)
  • Safflower
  • Cucumbers

San Marcos Market – 228 W Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069


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