“Must-Have” Summertime Goodies from Local Farmers, Artisans and Producers

Summertime was made for new adventures, and this season is proving to be the best yet for “buying local”. Puerto Vallarta has endless opportunities for you to “rub elbows” with local producers including farmers, artisans, restaurateurs and market vendors. 

Although the staff of the Old Town Farmers’ Market-Tianguis Cultural is on a North American Farmers’ Market Tour, we continue to celebrate the community spirit between local producers and conscientious buyers. We encourage you to contact some of our off-season Market vendors for extraordinary products. (Additional vendors will be featured in the next issue of the Vallarta Tribune.)
Banderas SoapBlends – This Zona Romantica shop features handcrafted, all natural soaps, lotions, body butters and scrubs made with tropical oils, pure essential oils and botanicals from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and beyond. Banderas SoapBlends summertime hours are Tuesday through Saturday from August 29 to the last week of September. www.banderassoapblends.com
Bubbe’s Homemade Spreads – If it’s too hot to be in the kitchen, Bubbe’s Homemade Spreads are sure to cool you off this summer. Chopped liver pate, matzo ball soup, cole slaw, fruit or potato salad and artichoke dips are sure to please. Contact Renee Shapiro for her summertime specials and delivery options. rasbubbe(at)aol.com
Cigar Don Martin – Martin Antemate Velasco, a “Maestro Rolador” (Master Maker of Cigars), ferments and hand rolls multi-dimensional flavored cigars. You can find him in Chile-Tequila y Puros shop located at Juarez Parking Local 8 in the downtown by Pueblo Viejo Mall.
Color Pod – Kathryn Graves takes coconut pods and transforms them into colorful and captivating works of arts. You can find her “explosion of color” at the Color Pod studio (V. Carranza 363 in Old Town). Appointments to visit during summer hours can be made by visiting www.colorpodpv.com.
Dorwart Whiskey – Larry and Evelyn Dorwart use the Prohibition era Dorwart family recipe and 100% chemical-free Azteca Corn to produce Dorwart Single Cask Sour Mash Whiskey from their Boca de Tomatlán distillery, the first recognized whiskey distillery in Mexico. (322) 223-7330 or www.dorwart.mx
Erica Maree – Inspired by the colors of Mexico, Erica Maree fashions colorful handbags and accessories from hand-embroidered Oaxaca dresses, oil cloth and indigenous beading. You can find her whimsical creations on Etsy or at www.ericamaree.com.
Ollin Mexica – Cristel Reimink and Heriberto Saucedo blend the artistry of silver jewelry making and the beauty of natural gemstones, pearls and beads to create distinctive must-have pieces. (322) 160-2747
Organ-ick – Sylvie Scopazzo makes 100% natural dehydrated beef and chicken organ treats – the quintessential preservative-free treat for dogs and cats. Contact Scopazzo for delivery options. (322) 171-8225
Restaurant El Fortin de San Sebastian – Using ingredients from local farmers and producers, Gabriel Cardenas creates an unforgettable blend of traditional Mexican specialties with modern fusion. You can find his charming restaurant in the main square of San Sebastian del Oeste (just over an hour from Puerto Vallarta). (322) 142-6881
Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates – The “Xocodivas” use a unique blend of Mexican chocolate, European couverture and fine, fresh, local ingredients for their divine “Food of the Gods.” Get your favorite artisan chocolates, confections and gift sets at their 168 Basilio Badillo location before the summer break (Sept 1-Oct. 7). (322) 113-0352
The Puerto Vallarta area is abundant with local farmers, talented artisans, delicious family eateries and farmers’ markets. Join in support of local families and lands with your exceptional food and product purchases.
And stay tuned for future articles from our North American Farmers’ Market Tour. We will be sharing our experiences as we visit over 10 farmers’ markets in the Los Angeles and Seattle area as well as in many communities in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.
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.


By Erin Staley