Featured in Vallarta Lifestyles Magazine, Summer/Fall 2010 issue.
Mmm ... from freshly baked cinnamon buns to savory sausages to canned chutneys and salsas, the sight, scent and taste of edible treats made from scratch have captivated our senses for generations. After all, who can resist the idea of apple pie, blueberry jam or hot tamales, all homemade? Even Madison Avenue has attempted to capitalize on the term “homemade” by attaching it to myriad products available at grocery stores. But in this day and age, when words such as “organic,” “natural” and “fresh” have become increasingly important in our nutritional vocabulary, it is reassuring to discover the increasing variety of Puerto Vallarta residents, Mexican and otherwise, who have honed their culinary skills and put them to good use by creating all sorts of tasty “real thing” rewards for our discerning palates.
This is certainly not new for longtime Vallartenses who, for years, have been in the know about “the lady that makes pies” or “the guy that delivers sausages at home” and so forth. But the advent of farmers’ markets all over Banderas Bay—particularly in Puerto Vallarta’s South Side and Sayulita in Riviera Nayarit—has encouraged many culinary artists to come out in the open, making their products available to a broader audience. Joining the cottage industry in Puerto Vallarta has allowed these creators to find a fun and profitable way to keep busy, or perhaps dive into an unexpected second career—and in the case of those who sell their goods at the farmers’ markets, the opportunity to have a reliable storefront. Regardless, they enrich the Puerto Vallarta experience by adding character to our community.
We set out to meet some of the individuals who make a regular appearance at such markets and quickly found that their stories and backgrounds are as rich and diverse as the products they make. Some of them, particularly the bakers, keep odd schedules, having to do most of their baking before dawn in order to avoid the summer heat! And needless to say, we discovered that it would be impossible to pay tribute to them all in one installment. So we share some of them with you, along with choice images representing the many products available around the bay, hoping to connect with more of them in the future.
Cristina Alpenia • Los Sabores de Cristy
firstname.lastname@example.org • (322) 779-3245
Adriana Basail • Tamal Gourmet
email@example.com • (311) 258-4492
Chris Benson • The Coffee Cup
firstname.lastname@example.org • (322) 221-2517
Lynne Bickel • Bickel’s Pickles
email@example.com • (322) 141-5577
María de Jesús Briseño • Doña Güera
Tortillas and artisan cheeses
firstname.lastname@example.org • (322) 779-8072
Nina Goodhope • La Bodega de Nina
email@example.com • (322) 289-6434
Chutneys, jams and baked goods
Mark Hughes • The Leek and Thistle Pie Company
firstname.lastname@example.org • (322) 116-9908
Savory and fruit pies
Fabiola López • Leche Vegetal
email@example.com • (322) 152-0903
Josué López • Nieves Nice
firstname.lastname@example.org • (322) 155-1097
Luis López Marino • Cooperativa La Hilamacoa
email@example.com • (322) 222-6435
Pickled and fresh quail eggs
Mavi Lugo de Graf • Arte Culinario
firstname.lastname@example.org • (322) 135-8570
Oils, vinegars, salad dressings and baked goods
email@example.com • (322) 128-9667
Denise Rosenfeld • Repostería fina europea
firstname.lastname@example.org • (322) 429-8215
Robin Spencer • Robin’s Crew Catering
email@example.com • (322) 222 4469
Sweet salsas and relishes
Naresh Sumano Aguilar • Gran Ola de Sabor
firstname.lastname@example.org • (322) 150 3442
Kimberley Torres • Calaca Bakes!
Where are the markets?
Both the Sayulita and South Side farmers markets are on hiatus through the summer months; however, we expect them to be back in full force this coming winter. Stay tuned by visiting www.virtualvallarta.com and subscribe to our weekly newsletter by clicking here. Also visit the Old Town Farmers Market online at www.oldtownfm.com.