Meet Ana and Rudy of Artisan Bakery

One day in 2014 Ana and Rudy Serrano were shopping in a local produce market for their beloved sourdough bread when they met Lorene Rivera as she was delivering the bread. Rudy said, “Your bread is not well baked.” She responded “Can you do better? Come and see my bakery. I’ll sell it to you.” They went to see her at Artisan Bakery in Versalles and decided to buy it.

Ana and Rudy are no strangers to bakeries. Rudy ́s family has been baking for five generations. Ana and Rudy had bakeries in West Covina and Riverside, Cali- fornia before moving to Puerto Vallarta. In March of 2015 they took over the production. Lorene stayed on for two months to help with the transition. She gave them some very good advice. “Take care of this business. People will want to buy the starter. Don ́t do it.”

Of course she was referring to the  “mother” or naturally fermented yeast or “starter” which is the basis for all sourdough bread. “It is actually alive and has to be fed,” explains Ana. Every day Rudy or his father feed the dough with water and flour. It has to be kept at 10 to 14 degrees Centigrade in order to survive.

Sourdough is one of the oldest breads in the world. It dates back to 1500 B.C. in ancient Egypt. Today it is still very popular in the San Francisco area, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It ́s also very healthy. The starter is made with lactic acid bacteria which is the same bacteria found in yogurt, kombucha and kim chi. Even people who are gluten intolerant can sometimes eat sourdough bread. “Our mission is to sell something healthy,” says Ana. All of the bread at Artisan Bakery is made with sourdough starter.

The newly-remodeled bakery is located at 178 Calle Aldanca, local 9 in Versalles. They also offer coffee and have added croissants and raisin rolls to their extensive menu which includes white and whole wheat sour- dough loaves, black olive bread, focaccia, ciabatta, sour rye wheat, New York rye, pumpernickel, onion parmesan, multigrain, pecan and raisin bread, apricot and raisin bread, jalapeño and cheese bread and garlic and cheese bread. The bakery is open Monday-Friday from 8 am to 7 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm.

Artisan Bakery breads can also be found at many of the farmer’s markets in the area including Olas Altas Farmers Market on Saturday, Nuevo Vallarta on Tuesday, Bucerias on Wednesday, Marina Vallarta on Thursday evenings and Sayulita on Friday.

To place an order contact Ana at 3222238283 and angis.artisanbakery@gmail.com. Special orders require 48 hours advance notice and there is a minimum of six pieces.

Olas Altas Farmers Market

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy traditional Mexican crafts, live music and delicious artisan food, look no further than the Olas Altas Farmers Market. We offer over 90 booths of “Handmade and Homegrown” goodies as well as prepared foods such as tamales, tacos, homemade icecream, paella, fish tacos, pozole, Indian food, empanadas,

Thai food, gourmet hot dogs, vegan and vegetarian dishes and baked goods, all just steps away from the famous Los Muertos Beach. You can also find musical instruments, soaps, jewelry, meat pies, cheese, leather bags, jams and jellies, blown glass, produce, herbs, honey, baklava, cigars, clothes, paper mache figures and fermented foods.

We’re open from 9:30 to 2:00 pm every Saturday from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in April. We’re located in the Lazaro Cárdenas Park in Vallarta’s Emiliano Zapata neighborhood. For only 20 pesos an hour, you can park in the garage directly beneath the park.