Slideshow: Market Scene: 77 Flea Market in Brownsville, TX

Mexican Food Trucks
Mexican Food Trucks

There are hundreds of food trucks selling a wide variety of tacos, quesadillas, and gorditas. Each truck provides tables and chairs, and a waitress will usually take your order.

Rio Grande Valley Citrus
Rio Grande Valley Citrus

Vendors sell bags full of local grapefruits and oranges.

Gorditas
Gorditas

We chose a truck bustling with diners and ordered gorditas—thick, deep fried dough filled with white cheese and topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, cotija cheese, and crema.

Ice Cream Carts
Ice Cream Carts

There are several ice cream vendors pushing their carts through the market. The most popular paleta flavor was rompope, or Mexican egg nog.

Aguas Frescas
Aguas Frescas

It seems like every stall sold a different selection of brightly colored aguas frescas ladled from large clear jars.

Coconut Snow Cone
Coconut Snow Cone

Strangely, I only saw one snow cone stand in the market. This coconut nieve was as smooth as snow and dotted with flecks of real coconut.

Nopales
Nopales

You can find nopales in all forms at the market. Choose from sliced or whole paddles, or with the thorns still attached.

Live Animals
Live Animals

You can buy the freshest meat possible at the market—live chickens, ducks, and rabbits. There are also pets for sale like turtles, parakeets, hamsters, and mice.

Piñatas
Piñatas

Several vendors sell a huge selection of piñatas in all sizes and shapes.