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Fresh Baked Goods at The Old Town Farmers Market
email this pageprint this pageemail usRick Hepting -
July 16, 2010

Looking for fresh baked goods? Stop by Maria Reyes' stand at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturdays between 10 am and 1 pm, where you'll find a selection of fresh baked goods and fine pastries.
Maria Reyes is typical of many farmers market vendors anywhere in the world.

Having moved to Puerto Vallarta from Mexico D.F. last year, she needed to find employment, which is getting scarce here, the same as it is almost anywhere. Through the misfortune of her mother dying she inherited the house her mother had lived in for 20+ years to begin life over here in Puerto Vallarta.

Maria is not a person to sit back and let life pass her by. She is driven, much the same way as people everywhere are when faced with unexpected adversity. Fortunately, she is also talented.

She has worked in restaurants in D.F. for years but that experience does not help in finding a job in an economy that has slowed, so she did what any intelligent, independent person would do in her situation: create a job for herself baking and selling at the market traditional fine pastries. She is a baker by trade and by nature.

Maria’s products change with the seasons, as traditionally baked goods do here in Mexico. You can expect to find pan de muerto for Day of the Dead, rosca de reyes for Epiphany and hand made donuts for breakfast. Her empanadas are created with localized, traditional fillings such as potato and chorizo, as well as with more modern adaptations such as apple and chocolate.

Her products are rich and hardy and sometimes delicate and obscure. She is always experimenting, not with her recipes because many of them are handed down for generations, but with the tastes and preferences of the market customers. Like all good business people, she is tailoring her selections to the demands of the market.

Next time you have a party and would like home-made, reasonably priced baked goods for your meals or appetizers, consider talking to Maria about it. She speaks English and, from her restaurant experience, as well as her heritage, can bake almost anything you can think of, from chocolate pies to exotic pastes. She can be reached at 044-322-128-9667, mariareyesvillegas(at) or in person at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturdays between 10 am and 1 pm.

The Market closes for the summer in August. Only a few markets left this season. If you can’t come, check in on Saturdays to see our webcam on the Market website, This market is really a quite nice introduction to Vallarta and an overview of its people. The market will reopen on November 6 (for those who like to plan ahead).

The Old Town Farmer's Market is held on Saturday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm through July 31st at the new Paradise Community Center at Pulpito 127 (between Amapas and Olas Altas on the south side of Puerto Vallarta.) For more information and to keep up with the latest market news, please visit

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