“Make it, Bake it, Grow it” Options for your Summertime Shopping Fun

By Erin Staley

Last week, we highlighted local “make it, bake it, grow it” vendors who are offering fresh produce and artisan goods in the Puerto Vallarta area. This week, we have a brand new collection for your summertime shopping fun.
Bickel’s Pickles – Using old family pickling recipes, Lynne Bickel and Chris Dansby, serve up homemade “refrigerator pickles” as well as scrumptious pickled veggies and pickled beets. (322) 141-5577 or dansbychris(at)yahoo.com
Café Yolanda Superior del Pacifico – Tom Burris and Yolanda Madera hull, roast and grind their organic coffee beans for optimum aroma and flavor. Stop by their café (Rio Colorado 334, Col. Agua Azul between Rio Grijalva y Rio Ameca) to pick up a cup o’ joe or get a bag of 100% organic coffee beans. (322) 222-4423
Eder Flores Arte Floral – Owners Eder Flores and David Israel create breathtaking floral arrangements made from flowers and foliage grown around the Banderas Bay. (322) 223-8288 or www.ederflores.com
El Torito Sports Bar & Grill – If you like BBQ, you’re going to love El Torito’s homemade BBQ sauce. Order up your favorite entrée at their Colonia Emiliano Zapata location (Ignacio Luís Vallarta 290). (322) 222-3784 or www.torito.com
Patricia Gawle – Local artist Patricia Gawle’s collects clay found in the mountains near El Tuito (just an hour south of Puerto Vallarta) and uses it to create whimsical ceramic pieces and sculptures. (322) 146-4222
Greek Yoghurt – Joaquin Mauleòn and his wife, Blanca, blend whole milk and Canadian cultures to create their popular “no sugar, no salt, no preservatives” Greek yoghurt. Plain and vanilla flavors are available as well as a variety of tasty yoghurt dips. (322) 888-4120
Greeting Cards by Helen – Helen Drake has been busy creating fun, creative greeting cards for all occasions. Contact her directly at feldra2(at)gmail.com for any questions, suggestions or special requests.
Huichol Art – True to religious symbolism, each Marcos Martin Jimènez piece represents the religious beliefs of the indigenous Huichol people native to this part of Mexico. Jimènez’s spiritual pieces can be found at his Basilio Badillo booth located across from Lix by Xocodiva in the Zona Romantica. (322) 132-5862
Laura Lopez Labra Designs – Made from pure white cotton, Laura Lopez Labra’s tropical tops and dresses are perfect for the beach and elegant nights out on the town. (322) 125-1069
The Leek and Thistle Pie Company – You can find a full menu of lip-smacking meat pies, fruit pies, quiche and sauces at 156 Hamburgo, Colonia Versalles from Monday-Friday. On Saturdays, they can be found at the Saturday Co-Op Market. (322) 224-6670 or www.leekandthistle.com
Maria Reyes Corn Flan – Maria Reyes borrows from heirloom recipes to create her sweet and savory corn flan, Mexican Christmas cake, vegetable tarts and gluten-free pastry products. (322) 128-9667
Organic SuperFoods – Owners Yael Sanchez and Manuel Murillo offer high quality, vegan-friendly products meant to improve health and quality of life. A full range of good-for-you produce and prepared foods are available in their Colonia Emiliano Zapata location (Venustiano Carranza 517). (322) 222-3286 or www.organicvallarta.com
Shining Sprouts – Fabiola Lopez Polo features her homegrown sprouted lentils and homemade Organic Basil & Olive Oil dressing. She also makes Zancudoff, an all-natural repellent which comes in handy to ward off those pesky mosquitoes. (322) 152-0903 or fabiolalopezpolo(at)gmail.com
Tellografias – Pedro Tello creates exclusive Vallarta art with veiled photographic paper. You can find his one-of-a-kind pieces at Local 3A Isla del Rio Cuale in Vallarta’s Old Town.
Vera Bakery Café – Stop by Vera Bakery Café (Lazaro Cardenas 101, Bucerias, (329) 298-1962) for some homemade brownies, paninis, muffins and cakes. If you’re in the mood for gourmet sandwiches, imported goodies and an exquisite wine selection, then visit D’stock Gourmet (Residences Plaza, Paseo de los Cocoteros 53, Nuevo Vallarta). Delivery is available. (322) 226-9768.
Zumo-Fresh – Carlos Garcia Vazquez selects only the finest ingredients to create a refreshing selection of 100% natural juices: lime, orange, grapefruit, tangerine and the ever-popular Michelada Mix. (322) 129-7849
Join us as we “buy local” this summer. And stay tuned for exciting updates from our North American Farmers’ Market Tour including markets in California, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta.
Be sure to mark your calendars as the Old Town Farmers’ Market-Tianguis Cultural will reopen on Saturday, November second. Located along Basilio Badillo between Olas Altas and Ignacio Vallarta, the Market is open every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2 pm from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in May. For more information, visit www.oldtownfm.com or “like” us on Facebook.