Failure to sell items I'd buy. For example, dashi for japanese cooking. Semolina for pasta and breads (yes, I asked nicely). Course polenta corn meal (except those tiny packages by Red Mill, pfft.). Real parmigiano reggiano, or pecorino romano cheeses. Well, many cheeses at all, from europe or california - this area is cheese bereft in ways I, spoiled person, have never seen except maybe when I was a kid. Lamb - I don't think I've seen lamb in a market since I've lived in New Mexico. My immediate market doesn't carry fresh fish, but I've adapted to that, wrong place in space.
Miserable selection of breads. Poor selection of wine. Poor re beer, though I don't drink much of it anyway. In comparison, say, to the beer selection at my grocery in Arcata, CA, Wildberries
, which had a good long wall of local and near local beers. Well, that market also had locally made soaps, locally made jams/preserves. But here, poor selection most of the time of possibilities in produce or, barring that, frozen vegetables.
I wish the international market here in Abq was anywhere at all near me. I like it almost as much as I liked the international market in Santa Monica - but they're both great in different ways. Talin in Abq is bigger. I could probably spend a good four hours wandering in there, and rack up severe expense. The produce is excellent... or was last I was there.
There's another goodie market, also too far for me to go on any routine basis -
Ranch Market. I've only been there twice, but they have all sorts of mexican and new mexican food related items, plus a terrific produce section.
Why do I go to my nearby market? I like the people, and they've actually improved since I first came here, plus the end all be all, they're close. There are good aspects besides the crew who works there - lots of mexican and new mexican ingredients.