A Mexican farmer who sells the fruits of Mexico’s wild strawberries and tomatoes is calling the market a “drug trade” that is “not really about producing fruits and vegetables”.
Speaking to Vice News, Guillermo Gonzalez-Martinez said that he has been in business for about 40 years, producing a product that is considered to be “culturally and environmentally friendly”.
He said that the strawberries are not really about being a “dumb fruit” but rather a “good product” that has a “legacy”.
He told Vice News that he would not sell his strawberries to anyone else, but that the fruits he sells to customers are only sold at the local market.
He added that he did not sell to Mexican police or security agents because he does not believe they have the right to “take away what I produce”.
Gonzalez-Martrelli, who has been selling his strawberries and other fruits for years, said that when he began selling the fruit, he thought that the market was “only for tourists and the rich”.
He added: “But now I see that it’s actually a good place for people to go and enjoy their fruits and produce.”
Gonzalesons strawberries are grown in the border town of Tijuana and sell for between $10 and $25 a kilo.
Mexican media has reported that the Mexican government has ordered the importation of strawberries and produce from neighboring Costa Rica.