San Jose del Cabo’s Organic Farmers Market is family friendly and much more than just an organic market!
“Nieves (ice cream), pizza, wheat grass, coffee, water, the music, and all of the artisans, cooks, jugglers, and growers. You have created a very lugar tranquilo especial (special quiet place). Whenever we come to Cabo, we will be coming back to this market. We want to see this same caring for the environment and each other spread around the world. Thank you for understanding this and putting it into reality.” Greg & Robin from Olympia, Washington.
Organic food and produce, music, art, fun, workshops: San Jose del Cabo’s organic market is a special place on earth.
San Jose del Cabo is, in itself, a natural retreat in Baja California Sur’s ‘lands end’. It is a place that keeps cultivating its beauty and reputation as a small artsy/surfing/world-class culinary Mexican town by the Sea of Cortez. It is also guaranteed that you will find some very unusual people here, particularly in the word of food and cuisine. To give you an example, there is Mexican Chef Pia Quintana (whose new book “Mexico Sano” (“Healthy Mexico”) has just been awarded The Gourmand Best in the World Health and Nutrition Book in Mexico and will compete in February on the World Stage of The Paris Cook book Fair). She is recognized as a pioneer in the effort to offer organic products in our town — the kinds of products that are rapidly becoming part of a lifestyle here. As a testimony to this you can find a fabulous organic farmer’s market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at “La Huerta Maria” near downtown San Jose Del Cabo, (located directly in front of the Jockey Club on the road to Las Animas). The organic market actually is seasonal, and runs from November 3rd through May 25th 2013.
The produce and products of the market include jewelry, clothes, Mexican-flavored dips, leather goods, crafted cards, Huichol arts, furniture, paintings, indigenous lotions and potions and botanicals, pottery, books and maps, stones, basketry, and so much more. Besides the obvious fact that there is organic produce in abundance, food items include organic breakfast cereals (notably Casa Dahlia’s), casseroles, ceviches, fresh baked bread and artesanal bakery items, coffee, curries, ice cream, gourmet handmade Mexican candy, escabeche, middle eastern cuisine and the list goes on.
There are also services offered, from healing massage and therapies to animal care, rolfing, Spanish lessons, tarot reading, and so forth…and so forth! San Jose del Cabo: A family friendly organic farmer’s market that inspires soul evolution for young, old and inbetween.
Kids play with each other while their parents sit to hear the live music, take a yoga session, enjoy a massage or even participate in a workshop. Everyone has a chance to eat, or simply talk with the vendors about their art. Vendors, many of whom are parents themselves, make this their way of life and nurture the ‘family’ approach: An environment where children experience natural joy, education in the arts and friendly social skills. What’s best is that a practice of healthy eating becomes not a parental ruling but a fun way to understand and celebrate the way to life.
The music is always different: One weekend you can find a Mexican group with marimbas, another you’ll enjoy pop, rock, jazz, guitar duets, tangos, new age. People remark that it is a beautiful experience, even if you end up not buying something. But it is important to buy because 10 percent of the contribution from market-day sales goes toward the costs associated with market operations such as rent, personnel, promotions, fees. So, buy! Remember that each vendor’s contribution makes it possible to operate and maintain the market..and so does yours.
San Jose del Cabo’s Organic Farmer’s Market strives to create a place where local products and art can be available to and supplied by a multicultural community. Besides promoting local organic agriculture, arts and crafts, music and educational resources, this organic market promotes and emphasizes the importance of low impact ecological/sustainable packaging, recycling, and producer-buyer awareness, all of which not only educate but improve the quality of life for everyone in the community.
See you there! For more information about the San Jose del Cabo Organic Farmer’s Market, visit their website!
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photos: courtesy of Casa Dahlia & Farmer’s Market