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They're making totillas around the clock in Fellsmere, where business is so good they're selling to customers all over the state

As we pull into the parking lot, the smell of fresh, warm tortillas drifts indolently from the back room of the small Fellsmere grocery store known as the Garcia Plaza Bakery. It’s just before 9 a.m., and the tortilla makers have already been at work for hours making fresh corn tortillas as well as handmade pastries.

We talk with Salvador Magana, the manager of the  store/bakery/tortilla factory. The owners, his cousin Herlindo and wife Maria, returned from Mexico the first week in August, he explains. “When we started a few years ago, we began with nothing. We didn’t know what we were doing. We used maybe six bags of cornmeal a week. Now we use at least a thousand.”

The bags weigh 50 pounds a piece – 25 tons of cornmeal a week.

Read the entire article in the September 2000 issue