When German Alberto Jimenez Paniagua started delivering fruits and vegetables around Nosara seven years ago, he did so in a pickup truck. Then he upgraded to a small “camion” truck, and now he is driving around in an innovative bus, which allows him to expand his route to include Ostional and San Juanillo.
Jimenez bought the bus on July 23 from a man in Nicoya, and just two days later he had the “Feria Movil” (Mobile Market) operating, so now customers can board the bus and walk down the aisle between crates of fresh fruits and vegetables to select what they want. The bus also mistreats the produce less than a truck, according to Jimenez.
The produce arrives to Jimenez’ house from Barreal de Heredia fresh on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, Jimenez starts his route at 8:30 a.m., making his way through the streets of Guiones, Pelada, Arenales, San Pedro and finishing in Santa Teresita around 5 p.m. On Thursdays, he journeys to Ostional and San Juanillo. Friday is his longest day, when he starts out in Barco Quebrado and makes his way to La Vivienda in La Esperanza, finishing around 7 or 8 p.m., and on Saturdays he delivers to Los Angeles and Santa Marta.
Jimenez assures that if someone requests something special, he always makes the effort to come through. Personally, though, his favorite is the tomato, something that he must always have to go with his rice and beans.