As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts about animals here around Lake Chapala and particularly in Jocotepec, there are lots of them. And of many different varieties and sizes. So it is not unexpected that in our pueblo there are lots of feed stores, too. They come in various sizes as well, ranging from small one-room places to stores the size of a warehouse.
Yesterday, Saturday, 19 May, my friend Jonnie came over from her home west of Ajijic to go out to lunch with three of us from Jocotepec and then play some games. But before we commenced to have our eats and fun, Jonnie said she needed to make a few stops in Joco.
Her housekeeper Amalia had given her a list of supplies that she wanted and asked Jonnie to go by the bulk cleaning supply lady’s shop and pick some up. Not only are the cleaning items and laundry liquids and hair care products much cheaper there than they are in the store, they also come in recycled bottles of all sizes. Large, medium, and small plastic milk jugs. Two liter pop bottles and even small single-serving soft drink bottles that hold such things as furniture polish that nobody here in Joco needs too much of at any one time.
After we had picked up what Amalia wanted Jonnie to buy, Jonnie mentioned that she also needed to get some dry cat food for Rocky, her huge tom cat. I suggested that we go to one of the medium-sized feed stores which sells all kinds of animal food. I had been there recently to buy cat food for the famous Pepe Zorillo and the price was excellent. They sell no-name brands, but they also sell Whiskas for 27 pesos per kilo.
Now a bag similar to that in the picture above goes for 70 to 75 pesos at Wal*Mart or other stores around Lake Chapala. That’s for 1.5 kilos. Compare that to about 41 pesos for 1.5 kilos at the feed store and over a period of time, we’re talking about a nice savings. The only difference? The food at the feed store is scooped into a plain plastic bag.
So, anyway, off to the feed store we went. Now, as I said, this is considered a medium-sized feed store, but they have a large selection. They sell everything from bales of hay to bird seed. Very little prepacked for the consumer. Food for smaller animals and birds is scooped out of large bags and bins and weighed out for you.
As Jonnie was having the fellow get her cat food, I was looking around the store. So many things for both large and small animals. Then I happened to notice on the floor a very large bag filled with roasted peanuts in their shell.
I was turning over in my mind just what those might be for, and when Jonnie completed her transaction and we were on the street, I said to her “What kind of animal eats roasted peanuts?” Apparently not having seen the bag I saw, she immediately replied “Elephants.”
Friends, I must tell you that I started laughing so hard that I had to stop on the street.
Now I still don’t know what animal or bird they are really for, but it’s made me happy for 48 hours just thinking that somewhere in Joco, in a backyard or behind the high walls that surround many homes, there’s an elephant just waiting for his roasted peanuts!