We're spending a few days on Varadero, which is a Northern-Cuban peninsula that has been a resort spot for over a century.
The beaches are amazing. But restaurants struggled to make good food, because, there's hardly any fresh produce available. In most towns we've been to, there are produce markets available. But not here.
The reason, we're told, is that produce is almost always local. Because there are no farms on this sandy peninsula, there's almost no produce.
In fact, one comic scene on the bus ride from Trinidad to Varadero, the bus driver pulled over, then went produce shopping at a roadside produce stand while everyone in the bus watched.
I guess one perk of being a Varadero-based bus driver is that you get to buy fresh produce along your route.
Also: We did have fresh coconut. Kenny knocked one out of a tree.
(Pictured: one of the better dishes we ate in Varadero. It even had plant material on it!)