Every Wednesday morning just around 5:30 we get a visit from the tobacco vendor from Dapa. People wake up early around here but there’s not too much traffic that time of day and usually he displays his wares for sale right on the road.
We’ve written before about stuff you can buy roadside and you never what will come down the road for sale on any given day. But these guys operate on a regular schedule and arrive Wednesday mornings like clockwork. Here they are in front of a sign promoting San Isidro’s recently concluded town fiesta.
The older guy buys tobacco wholesale at the tobacco market near Cagayan de Oro for resale here on Siargao. The actual tobacco fields seem to be around Gingoog but nobody has been eager to give out their exact location.
Here’s our tobacco guy from Dapa unrolling some bundles of prime Mindanao tobacco for inspection with the help of his young assistant:
Mostly the tobacco is sold in rolls of a hundred hands (leaves) to sari-sari stores who then in turn resell individual leaves for a tidy profit. Of course much of the tobacco is smoked (usually in a banana-leaf wrapped cigar) but quite a bit finds use in traditional healing as well.
This was our weekly purchase:
They’re great folks to deal with and you can always stop by their store front operation in Dapa. Just ask around; they’re not hard to find.
We sometimes have other tobacco vendors drop by, too. This particular lady has direct access to tobacco farms near CDO and bypasses the wholesale market entirely: