|All vegetables but for potatoes, onions and tomatoes are in the stand-up cooler|
I was wondering, what do the local people do who don’t have enough money for the toilet paper? I have not sought out an opportunity to ask anyone that question—my mother taught me there are some questions that should not be asked and that maybe are none of my business. I’m putting this question in that category.
|Bahamians make two beers: Kalik and Sands|
Cruisers tend to come into the country with crates of American beer onboard. The local beers, Kalik and Sands are good but not cheap. Since I don’t like light beer, I can’t fairly evaluate the flavor, but I’d guess there’s a reason that Americans go to the trouble of bringing their own. Rum is inexpensive, however, and comes in about 15 flavors, I think. I’ve tried a couple of them.
|This road cut reveals the porous limestone rock and minimal soil on the islands.|
The issue of fresh water affects the grocery store prices as well. Fruits and vegetables are all shipped to the Bahamas, and the variety is limited. We did see tomatoes growing on the vine in one person’s backyard only on Green Turtle Cay. The other reason that we do not see personal vegetable gardens is that the soil is virtually nonexistent here. The islands are made from calciferous deposits from shellfish over the millennia. The ground is therefore basically limestone and quite porous.
|Live conch (large snail) in its' shell.|
It seems that the foods that are produced by the people who live here are either from the ocean, or naturally occurring such as coconut. Perhaps there are more products but I haven’t seen them.