You are looking for something unique this Saturday, you’re sure to find it at the Old Town Farmers’ Market-Tianguis Cultural. Traditional shopping can’t quite compare to the variety of fresh, locally grown foods, handcrafted artisan products and exceptional services available at one of Vallarta’s favorite weekend stops.
Along with an impressive supply of “make it, bake it, grow it” goods, the Market will be featuring Shining Sprouts and Chantel~Vintage Spoon Jewelry this week. Fabiola Lopez, owner of Shining Sprouts, is happy to share her spread of homegrown sprouted lentils, homemade organic basil and olive oil dressing as well as Zancudoff, an all-natural mosquito repellent.
“I’ve always had a passion to go back to the origins of healthy food,” says Lopez who worked with a food scientist to learn the 3-day process of growing sprouts. They make a great topper to any salad, soup or sandwich, giving your body a boost of protein, iron and potassium. In fact, sprouted lentils are known to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.
“The basil and olive oil dressing was serendipitous, really,” says Lopez. “My basil plant was overgrowing, and I thought it would make an amazing dressing. Before I knew it, customers were lined up to buy the basil and olive oil dressing as it enhances the flavor of any dish.”
Zancudoff repellent – a must-have during the summer months in Puerto Vallarta – is made with all-natural ingredients which are good for the skin.
Lopez explains, “My customers can’t wait to come back to the Market each week to tell me Zancudoff has traveled the world warding off bites from pesky mosquitos.”
While you’re checking out all the goodies at the Old Town Farmers’ Market, be sure to look for the pink and black table topped with jewelry made from silver cutlery. There, you’ll meet Chantel Mann, owner of Chantel~Vintage Spoon Jewelry.
“I started my jewelry line four years ago after receiving a spoon ring from my father,” says Mann. “All my friends wanted one, so I learned how to make them and started expanding the line.”
Mann works out of her home studio using tools fabricated by her father. From silver plated cutlery, she creates her signature rings, bracelets, watches, earrings, key chains and necklaces for clients of all ages. Chantel~Vintage Spoon Jewelry is a favorite Market stop for those looking for gifts, souvenirs and custom work. Many come to Mann when they want to refurbish heirloom silverware into something truly extraordinary.
“Because of the Old Town Farmers’ Market, I have an international business,” says Mann who is enjoying her fourth season as a Market Vendor. “Two of my customers – complete strangers – met up on a train in Toronto. Each was wearing a vintage spoon bracelet bought from me right here at the Market. It really is a small world!”
Check out all the “producer only” goods and services this Saturday at the Old Town Farmer’s Market–Tianguis Cultural. Located along Basilio Badillo between Olas Altas and Pino Suarez, the summer Market is open 9:30 am to 2 pm until the last Saturday in July.
By Erin Staley