Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - If you're ready for new and exciting flavors, then the Old Town Farmers' Market-Tianguis Cultural is where you want to be this Saturday. From kosher dill to spicy dill and from bread 'n butter to sweet hots, Bickel's Pickles has it all for the pickle lover.
Having moved to Mexico with dreams of retiring, Lynne Bickel and her husband, Chris Dansby, discovered a shortage of "good pickles."
"After living in Puerto Vallarta for six months, I decided not to have another burger or sandwich without a pickle," says Lynn Bickel, Bickel's Pickles owner. She and Chris decided that what Vallarta needed was the quintessential pickle - one made using her grandmother and mother's recipes. The idea for Bickel's Pickles was born, and it was the perfect small business for these expats from Pennsylvania.
Every Monday morning, the pickle-making duo select locally grown cucumbers. They cut, brine, and package their "refrigerator pickles," known for their extra crunch. Bickel and Dansby sell their mouth watering pickles to thousands of visitors at the Old Town Farmers' Market-Tianguis Cultural. They also sell pickled veggies and pickled beets as customers love to add these to their weekly menus.
Bickel and Dansby are delighted with their experiences at the Market, and they are grateful for the customers that come back week after week. "It's so much fun to see folks of all ages walking down the street chewing on a whole Bickel Pickle," says Bickel.
As you continue making your way through the Old Town Farmers' Market-Tianguis Cultural, be sure to stop by Cigar Don Martin where you'll find Martin Antemate Velasco, a Maestro Rolador (Master Maker of Cigars). "As a youngster, I was mesmerized by the tobacco fields surrounding San Andres Tuxtla Veracruz," says Velasco. "It was there that my interest in cigar making blossomed. Eventually, I started my business with the goal of making the best quality cigars in Mexico with my special fermentation process."
Since then, Velasco has been hand rolling all of his multi-dimensional flavored cigars. First, he gathers the tobacco from Mexican growers, and then ferments the leaves in the tropical humidity of Puerto Vallarta. This maximizes the flavor and smoking enjoyment of Cigar Don Martin's cigars. Each comes packaged in an attractive set, perfect for immediate enjoyment or prolonged pleasure. Mexican cigars tend to be less expensive than those of other countries, offering an affordable luxury and a delightful souvenir.
"When I started to sell at the Market, I had only a single table to display four boxes of cigars," says Velasco, now in his third season as a vendor. "Today, I have three tables and a tent to share my passion with new and returning customers." Visit Cigar Don Martin's Facebook page to learn more about Martin Antemate Velasco and his cigars.Over 90 'make it, bake it, grow it' vendors are waiting to share their producer-only goods and services with you at the Old Town Farmers' Market-Tianguis Cultural. Located along Basilio Badillo between Olas Altas and Ignacio Vallarta, this "make it, bake it, grow it" Market is open from 9:30 am to 2 pm from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in May. For more information, visit OldTownFM.com, or 'Like' the Market on Facebook.
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