Last week, I finally had an opportunity to check out the seasonal market in Sayulita. The best way for me to describe it is a cross between a farmer’s market and an artisan’s market. There were plenty of local goods both for your home and for your belly, but a few specific vendors caught my attention.
I have lived in Sayulita on and off since June, returning to the states for various commitments, but finding myself getting more and more involved in what is going on locally the longer I stay. I think it is so important for the energy of a community to be supportive of local businesses, especially when you can find such great products growing in your own backyard.
On my most recent return, a friend of mine told me about the Mercado del Pueblo, which had just started its seventh season the week before. The market is held every Friday downtown near the baseball field. After a few weeks of missing it due to prior commitments, I was forced to wait again when it was closed after a rainy night washed out the lot where it takes place. I was determined to make it last week as I made my way over there, in the midst of holiday traffic, to see what they had to offer.
Unfortunately, I didn’t make it until almost 2:00 PM so some of the vendors had already packed up and left or were close to it. Despite the timing, there were still a good number of tables to visit, and I was able to talk to a few people who produced products I haven’t been able to find anywhere else in town.
As I mentioned in my last article, I recently began making my own dairy free ice cream. I have been working on perfecting the basic flavors but have struggled to find whole vanilla beans or vanilla bean powder. Lucky for me, there is a lovely Ukrainian woman who has a table full of locally sourced herbs and spices for any recipe or tincture you may want to make. There is even a store in town who carries a few of her products, and she makes special deliveries if she is around and you have a particular need during the week.
Another wonderful local business I discovered sold herbal remedies distilled into roll-on aromatherapy sticks, teas, and other products that are potent and easy to use. The aromatherapy sticks were clearly labeled with their intended result and the ingredients inside. I left with one titled “Headache Relief”, made from the essential oil of peppermint, Moroccan rosemary, spike, lavender, and grapeseed oil. They also sell a powdered tea, which I plan on buying next week, that supports gut health.
A quick stop at a table that was almost ready to leave gave me the chance to meet the couple behind my favorite hummus I buy in town. They recommended I try the turmeric flavor, gave me a taste, and I was sold. They were just about on their way so I felt grateful to catch them.
Just before the exit, I spotted a table with a variety of goods that looked interesting. The incense is what caught my eye first, as my boyfriend and I have been on the hunt for citronella incense to help with the mosquitos. We have tried bug spray, the coils you can buy at the grocery store, and other natural remedies but these seem to work the best. The gentleman at the table unpacked a few bags he had already loaded into his boxes and found us exactly what we were looking for. We didn’t buy anything else this time around but will check out his table next time for some other unique natural products.
I would recommend showing up a little earlier to get the full effect, but if you are in town, a visit to the market is definitely worth it!
Sana Spices: I was so happy to find the vanilla bean I have been searching for at Sana Spices
Better Living Products: All of the products on the Better Living table smelled so good