Old Town Farmer’s Market Opens – Puerto Vallarta

by Kathleen Harris

The Old Town Farmer’s Market opened for the season on Saturday, November 6th, resplendent with familiar delights and new surprises. At 10 am the cowbell rang, gates opened, and 50 plus people already waiting swept in, soon followed by hundreds more. The weather was perfect, the market stalls beautifully arranged, and the crowd of over 950 shoppers enthusiastic. It was fun watching friends re-connecting, providing a delightful sense of community.

Vendors familiar and new offered a dazzling array of products:  Beautiful plants, herbs and flowers, and a variety of produce including okra, salad greens, sprouts, purple basil, baby squashes, squash blossoms, kale and radishes.  Local fruits included pineapples, papayas, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, bananas and gigantic kiwis.

Jewelery booths showed beadwork and vintage spoon jewelry, Sylvie Scopazzo’s booth provided natural dog treats, and another new vendor had organic peanuts.  In addition to the finest fresh pastas and sauces, take home and bake meat or vegetarian lasagna, Michel of Michel’s Trattoria now has his own hand crafted ricotta.

The quality and quantity of baked goods defies description:  Paradise Bakery sold cinnamon buns, hidden heart cakes and mocha almond bars, Calaca Bakes new creations included green tea and ginger cake and chile chocolate cake, and the variety of breads from Vera Bakery and the Artisan Bakery was amazing!

An area of the market is devoted to non-profits in order to support their good works.  The SPCA brought dogs for adoption, and Pet Heaven brought half a dozen kittens. Biblioteca Los Mangos had a booth offering folks who donate a personalized tile installed at their building, and the Culture and Promotional area is where community agencies can give information and sell tickets to their events.

Dueto Mancha, a husband and wife duo that perform at Coco Tropical, provided a delightful musical backdrop, and the tantalizing aroma of roasting sausages from Carnes del Mundo flavored the morning air. Narisa’s new Thai recipes included peppers stuffed with curried red snapper, and heavenly fish cakes.

The market continues to seek farmers/growers, so anyone wanting to sell their produce, please contact the Market Coordinator at 225-4108, or by email at: coordinator@oldtownfm.com.

Join us every Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm (an extra hour of shopping this year!) at the Paradise Community Center, Calle Pulpito #127, between Amapas and Olas Altas.  For updated products, event announcements and news, visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Old.Town.Farmers.Market.PV, or online at http://www.oldtownfm.com/.

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