Who needs delivery trucks when you have arms and legs? In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I rarely if ever saw a flower delivery vehicle. What's more is I saw people walking and carrying vases filled with colorful bouquets and cellophane bundles stuffed with fresh blossoms almost everyday. I also saw large funeral arrangements being personally escorted to where the body was laid out--which was usually at a relatives home instead of a funeral parlor. While many Americans may consider this floral delivery (and funeral) system old-school, 3rd world, backwards or antiquated... the fact remains--the Mexicans love their family and flowers so much that they hand-deliver almost every arrangement to the lucky recipient--dead or alive.
In a country that is known for its beautiful flowers and tropical greenery, there is understandably a large demand for the home-grown blooms. There are no imports here, all of the floral product is grown in Mexico, that's right, Hecho en Mexico, and how proud they are of that floral fact. And why shouldn't they be? They are saving millions of pesos in fuel costs to their South of the Border multi-climated paradise.
Well, if that isn't green I don't know what is. And for the record, they grow and sell almost every flower the wholesale houses in the U.S. stock. Wouldn't it be nice if we grew all of our own floral product? There's another blog coming regarding that subject, not to worry my pretty little petunias...
LOCALE: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Mercado de Flores y Verduras