Celebrate Diversity This Saturday at the Old Town Farmers Market

Celebrate Diversity This Saturday at the Old Town Farmers Market

Erin Staley
January 17 2014

Every Saturday, the OTFM-TC treats visitors to an extraordinary spread of "make it, bake it, grow it" goodies. Sure, you'll find traditional market items – a rainbow of farm-fresh produce, tantalizing artisan foods, unique arts & crafts, on-site services and nonprofit organizations – but this Market reflects the charm of its international location and community.

Over 100,000 international shoppers visit the market every season to scoop up unique products such as traditional Mexican musical instruments, custom-made clothing and accessories as well as Huichol art.

Then, of course, there’s the live music from national and international musicians. Endless visitors flock to the food area to “eat to the beat.” From traditional Mexican, Thai and Indian cuisine to lip-smacking ribs, raspados (shaved ice), aguas frescas (“fresh waters”) and chocolate dipped bananas, we’ve got it fresh for you every Saturday.

But that’s not all. The Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural reflects the diverse charm of its international home. When Charlotte Semple, market founder, first arrived in Puerto Vallarta in 2009, she immediately noticed this beachside destination was ready for a producer-only market. A veteran of Canadian farmers markets and social entrepreneurship, Semple set out to give local vendors an opportunity to develop their businesses and shoppers a chance to buy unique products.

“From day one, we were meticulous about making sure there was a good representation of national entrepreneurs,” says Semple, PV’s 2012 Asociacion de Vecinos Y Empresarios Community Service Award recipient. “Today, 71 percent of our vendors are Mexicans while 29 percent come from other countries. We believe this diversity makes for a warm welcome for international shoppers who stop by each Saturday.”

But the diversity doesn’t end there. Vendors range from 11 to 70 years old. In fact, this season our young entrepreneur, Mireya Amaral Uribe is selling her original Poder de Niña dresses for girls and American Girl dolls.

Come on down this Saturday to see for yourself why the OTFM-TC has become a model for diversity, entrepreneurship and community in Puerto Vallarta. You’ll be impressed by the one-of-a-kind treasures and experiences you’ll find right here in the heart of the city.

Impassioned by responsible food production, entrepreneurial development and the “buy local” movement, our OTFM-TC is a North American style market celebrating the tradition of Mexico’s tianguis markets. Stop by for home décor, fashions, accessories, farm-fresh produce, international cuisine and ready-to-eat foods. Located in Lazaro Cárdenas Park, the OTFM-TC is open every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2 pm from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in May. Visit us on:  www.oldtownfm.com