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Former farm laborer opens own shop

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 19th, 2013


Angelica Medina dances with the mariachi band Lluvia Norteña during Hector's Meat Market's grand opening celebration Wednesday. (Photos by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)


WATSONVILLE — Leticia Hernandez was 11 when she came to Watsonville from her native Jalisco, Mexico. After finishing school, she spent 24 years working in the strawberry fields.

But she always strove for more, and despite the challenges that comes with a life as a farm laborer she managed to save enough money to open Hector’s Meat Market, which celebrated its grand opening Wednesday.

Located at 20 Mariposa next to Taqueria Mi Tierra, the full-service little shop offers a full selection of meat and local produce, as well as a household staples and Mexican food necessities.

With the raucous beat of a mariachi band playing at the door and among a forest of colorful helium balloons, dozens of customers streamed into the shop Wednesday afternoon, snapping up bags of meat, bottles of soda and boxes of laundry detergent.

Hernandez said she hopes her story can serve as an inspiration to other women who feel trapped by a life as a farm laborer.



For the complete article see the 06-20-2013 issue.

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