“It’s a Wrap” for this Season

Grab your eco-friendly bags and head on down to the Old Town Farmer’s Market–Tianguis Cultural to scoop up all your favorite “make it, bake it, grow it” products. It’s the final Saturday of the season, and we’ve got it all from artisan foods to custom-made clothing and handcrafted souvenirs.

“This season has exceeded our expectations with an estimated 100,000 customers shopping directly from local growers and artisans,” says Charlotte Semple, Founder and Executive Director. She goes on to explain that the primary purpose of the Market has been the nourishment of Vallarta’s entrepreneurial spirit. “It is this spirit that has made a big difference to the community. We estimate the economic impact has been over $5 million pesos during our 31-week season.”

With this sizable addition to the local economy and 8 new vendors on the 2012-2013 roster, Semple and the Market Committee are chalking up the fourth season as a huge success.

“We had over 90 vendors during the peak months of the Market,” says Semple. “Seventy-one percent are Mexican nationals while the others come from all over the world. Our passion for sharing high-quality, producer-only goods is what unites us every Saturday.”

This season, the Old Town Farmers’ Market welcomed new and returning musicians to provide toe-tapping entertainment, on-site services such as chiropractic care and psychic readings as well as family-friendly events. Big changes were also introduced including the Market’s expansion along Basilio Badillo and the International Food Court’s move to Nacho Daddy’s restaurant.

Of course, the season’s highlight was the highly anticipated presentation of the University of Guadalajara’s Estación Gourmet. Culinary students from the Ministry of Tourism and Spain’s celebrity chef, Paco Morales, spent an April Saturday establishing a back-to-roots connection with local farmers, restaurants and shoppers. Puerto Vallarta’s reputation as a top gastronomical city made it the ideal location for this culinary extravaganza, and the Old Town Farmers’ Market was delighted to be a stop on their city-wide tour.

“The Market is an integral part of the community,” adds Daniela Sanchez, the Market Coordinator and this season’s newest team member. “We gave back by donating approximately $120,000 pesos to the Department of Culture for local projects and events. We also contributed $31,000 pesos to the Emiliano Zapata Business Association for the improvements in our host neighborhood. But really, the success of the Old Town Farmers’ Market was due to the tireless contributions of its vendors, volunteers, staff, shoppers and the City of Puerto Vallarta. To them, we say ‘Thank You’!”

Join us this Saturday as we wrap up the fourth season of Vallarta’s most popular weekend attraction – the Old Town Farmers’ Market–Tianguis Cultural. Located along Basilio Badillo between Olas Altas and Pino Suarez, the Market is open 9:30 am to 2 pm.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Market reopening on Saturday, November 2nd. Market hours are from 9:30 am to 2 pm from the first Saturday in November through the last Saturday in May 2014. For more information, visit www.oldtownfm.com or “like” us on Facebook.

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One comment

  1. I also have a story to tell regarding a Saturday Farmers Market, but this case one in San Francisco California, that sells Mexican food cooked and ready to eat by Mexicans, from motorized restaurant vehicles. Many of the vender growers are also from Mexico. Actually it is a little like Mexico especially with the Mexican music played there.

    Up until the 1920s, this large piece of property was my ancestral ranch and farm on the outlands of downtown San Francisco. But alas, it was lost during the great depression and stock crash, only to be acquired by the city of San Francisco.

    On Sundays it is used as a flea market, and during the week is vacant except for the vender stalls, and the administration office. Here venders of many nationalities bring items have acquired from all around the world, or from estate and auction sales.

    Imagine purchasing a seven foot tall Canadian or Indonesian wood totem pole, an Alaskan fur sealskin ceremonial face mask, ivory or carved black rock figurines ; Or stalactites , stalagmites – some to 3′-6″ high and so heavy that they are difficult to move – and giant crystals, all from the high caves in the Himalaya Mountains; or black coral and snail eyes from Tahiti ; carved amber statues, red and butterscotch amber teapots, bowls , cups, spoons, and fossilized dinosaur eggs and teeth, plus meteorites, all from China; or a blue amber beaded necklace from a Buddha Monastery in northern Manchuria, or a fossilized dinosaur feather in clay from the south. I have bargained for each of these treasures and more since there is no fixed price, and added them to my collections. Same with the full size Museum created mounted T-Rex head with its glaring eyes, open jaws, extended red tongue, and long sharp teeth.

    Yes, San Francisco is one amazing place to live and to visit, as so many Mexicans have. And the ranch and farm has become a more interesting place, with the removal of the house and barn, the horses, cattle and chickens, the stream and garden. If one came here every weekend, they would not have to travel almost anywhere else.

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