It’s 6:30 am on a Saturday morning. A white SUV pulls up in front of the school on Venustiano Carranza and parks. Coffee in hand, Jan Saridakis settles in and waits for it to be 7:30 when she can unload and set up for another day of selling at the Olas Altas Farmers’ Market.
Jan is the owner of Jan’s Specialty Condiments. Her love for fine foods lead her to experimentation and the birth of her number one seller—jalapeno jelly—in 1980 in Scottsdale, Arizona. In the early 1990s Jan moved to Redmond, Washington. While raising her daughter she needed a second job so she started selling her jalapeno jelly at the Pike Place Market in Seattle.
In 2008 Jan moved to Puerto Vallarta where her product line grew to include jams, chutneys, spreads and sauces. Today she offers over 40 products which are all natural and made from the finest ingredients. Her products include strawberry jalapeno jam, mango chutney, mixed berry jam, rum raisin sauce, salted fig caramel sauce, orange marmalade and guava jam.
Her products are not just for bread. Her peach habanero jam is excellent as a baste for chicken with rosemary. The concentrated ginger is fabulous on pork roast or as ginger tea.
You can find Jan at the Olas Altas Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 9:30 to 2:00 pm and in Nuevo Vallarta on Tuesdays at the Riviera Farmers’ Market from 9:00 to 2:30. You can also call and place an order for delivery at 322 135 2398 or 222 0462.
The Olas Altas Farmers Market is 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 14 pesos an hour, you can park in the garage directly beneath the park.
See You in November
The last Saturday to visit the Olas Altas Farmers will be April 29th. The board and all the vendors would like to thank everyone who helped to make this 8th season the most successful ever. We’ll see you on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
By Mary Stehley