Mercado del Pueblo
Sayulita’s Farmer’s Market - Fridays, 10 AM to 2 PM, November through April
Sayulita has so much to offer, from local artisans, craftsmen, jewelers, and Huichol art. For the seventh season in a row, the Mercado del Pueblo, Sayulita’s Farmer’s Market, celebrates wonders of the region by featuring local farmers and families who produce high quality, natural, consumable products. Shoppers from Manzanillo to Chicago to Canada rave that this market is one of best natural food markets that they’ve seen anywhere!
El Mercado del Pueblo opened in 2009 joining the Mexican and American Slow Food Movements of bringing local, sustainable products directly to the table for people to enjoy. The purpose of El Mercado is to provide local farmers a venue to bring healthy and sustainable food to the community and for the people of Sayulita to see the seasonal, fresh foods of the region. The vendors at El Mercado are committed to high quality, organic, and natural growing practices and teaching locals and visitor alike about the benefits of healthy eating, often introducing indigenous products to locals that are unfamiliar with them. Othon, one of the vendors in the market, recently opened an organic farm in Litibu with an accompanying restaurant. Othon is passionate about the organic movement saying “My goal is of course to have healthy food for my children but also to teach them to take care of the earth and to treasure it. Organic farming and local selling is part of our Mexican culture and I want my children to understand that.” To add to the diversity of the Mercado, various local artists were added to the vendor list in 2012, making the Mercado an even more interesting experience.
While natural food markets are common in other parts of Mexico, the United States and Canada, the Mercado del Pueblo was the first of its kind to open along the coast of Nayarit. Soon afterwards other similar markets have opened including Puerto Vallarta and La Cruz. Yael, the owner of Organic Superfoods, originally from Guadalajara, has been watching the organic movement grow over the past several years. Several years ago, Yael’s husband became ill and they began looking for alternative ways to stay healthy. They discovered the power of organics and brought his knowledge with them to the coast opening up an organic food store in Puerto Vallarta. Both Yael and her husband Manuel now participate in all three food markets, give workshops on eating healthy and are often invited to speak at local schools.
The Mercado also features a wonderful venue for cross cultural sharing of food preparations, growing techniques and healing practices. The Mercado, in partnership with the people of Sayulita, begins to build a community of local food knowledge, International cuisine, community gardening and care for the planet. Most shoppers at the market come to taste and shop and end up staying for a few hours as they bump into friends, enjoy the live music or just become engaged in a conversation. Enrique, who has lived in Sayulta for 30 years states, “This market provides me a way to enjoy good food and friends all in one place, there is a good feeling here.”
The Mercado is located on Calle Revolucion north of the bridge, in the empty lot behind the Comex paint store, and runs from November through April, and sometimes into May,mimicking the growing season along the coast. Close to forty vendors attend providing a wide variety of products including naturally grown and organic vegetables and produce, homemade yogurts, sauces, peanut butter, almond butter, baked goods, breads, and body products. Artisan prepared foods are also available in the market such as pickles, soups, quesadillas, savory pies and vegetarian bowls- making it easy to spend most of the day. To find out more or see addition pictures, please go to Mercado del Pueblo’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other markets near Sayulita include:
La Cruz Sunday Mercado:one of the largest Riviera Nayarit markets, opens in November and runs Sundays 9 AM to 2 PM. Located at the La Cruz Marina, with over 200 vendors, live music and beautiful views of the bay. This is also where the daily fresh fish market is located. If you plan to pick up some fresh fish, it is a good idea to bring a cooler.
Bucerias Market:Bucerias Art Walk is held every Thursday evening from 6-9pm. Enjoy a glass of wine or margaritta and stroll along Calle Lazaro Cardenas enjoying 17 fabulous galleries. Here you can find jewelry, paintings, mixed media, hand blown glass, Huichol art, and more! Begin your walk south of Galeana & Lazaro Cardenas. Opens in November. There is also a Bucerias Farmer's Market on Wednesdays, located on Calle Lazaro Cardenas in between Jose Maria Morelos and Galeanas, right across the street from Sardina's. Here you can find fresh, local, seasonal produce, local coffee beans, rich cacao snacks, gluten free breads, art and jewelry.
La Peñita Market: is one of the largest markets on the Riviera Nayarit, and is open Thursdays, all year. It is smaller during the summer, but come high season, this market becomes large, filling the entire town square as well as a very, very long path of vendors with everything you can think of! To find the La Penita market, take Hwy 200 to La Penita. Go to the last light, (the second light after entering La Penita). You will need to get in the right lateral to make a left there. Take a left and go down the main ave. to the end. The town square is on the left.
Lo de Marcos Market: premiered in 2014 and is open Saturdays, November through March from 9:30 to 2:30. This market will support local residents, farmers and organic growers, and feature the works of over 40 talented Artisans. Many of the vendors live and work along the Riviera Nayarit pueblos. Lo de Marcos is located about 30 minutes north of Sayulita, just past San Pancho. Take a left into Lo de Marcos, and the market is down on the right.
The Guayabitos Market: happens Mondays and is located in the town square. This is a small, and fun market has food and more at great prices!
Local taxis in the Sayulita Plaza can help you arrange a trip to the market, and you may also find many options on our transportation page