“It’s not just the shopping that brings me out almost every weekend, it’s the social experience of seeing my friends and neighbors, the music, the food, it’s more like a neighborhood street party than a market for me,” says one market goer.
The Old Town Farms Market in Puerto Vallarta began in 2010 in the Paradise Community Center on Pulpito, but grew out of the space available within just a couple of seasons and moved to Lazaro Cárdenas Park where it spans an entire city block, with some overflow.
Market organizers say this year shoppers can pick up farm-fresh produce, apparel for the family, homemade dips and salsas, fresh cut flowers, organic coffee, bread, flavorful cheeses, chocolates, handcrafted jewelry, baked goods, deli meats, body products, refreshing beverages, take home and freshly prepared foods.
The market invites you to stay for lunch with many food vendors serving international cuisine, such as; Thai, Taiwanese, Indian and Mexican (tacos, empanadas, burritos, traditional foods served in clay pots, green pozole and agua frescas). They even have a selection of vegan dishes – hamburgers, al pastor, falafels and sticky buns.
The market is open every Saturday between 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM beginning November 1, 2014 until April 25, 2015. Opening day, November 1, will host a special ribbon cutting to begin the new season at 9:30 AM.
Parking is available for $10 pesos an hour in the parking garage under Lazaro Cárdenas Park in the Romantic Zone, steps away from the beach, Olas Altas, and just a few blocks south of the Río Cuale and the Malecón. The location makes it a convenient location for locals and tourists alike to visit and experience a traditional street market, here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.