Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Now in its seventh season, the Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural (OTFM-TC), continues to make an impact in the community. It did just that with last Saturday's $30,000 pesos donation to the Asociacion de Vecinos de la Col. Emiliano Zapata (the local Business Association). The funds came from the market's reserve account and will be forwarded to the City of Vallarta's Tourism Department to meet their request to donate four new computers.
About the Market
In June 2014, the market became a non-profit organization that is administered by a Board of Directors, an administration team and a volunteer Vendor Selection Committee. The selection committee - comprised of vendors and community representatives - vet all vendor applications.
All vendors are registered, tax-paying business owners who live within 75 kilometers of Puerto Vallarta. Since the market's inception, it has maintained a diverse vendor roster, with the 2015-2016 season having 88 vendors, 68 of whom are Mexicans and 20 who are from as far away places as Argentina, Canada, Chile, England, Thailand, Taiwan and the United States. Many vendors have become self-reliant entrepreneurs, fully supporting their families from their market income.
The vendors pay an annual membership fee that covers the market's operational costs (weekly permits, association dues, equipment, marketing and staffing) as well as adding to the reserve fund. The fund is designated for market growth, skill development of market vendors and future good works in the neighborhood.
Join us every Saturday (9:30-2) through April 30, 2016. The market is located at Lazaro Cárdenas Park in Vallarta's Emiliano Zapata neighborhood. A parking garage is located directly beneath park for $14 pesos/hour. Public buses and taxis head to the market with a Pino Suarez Street drop off.For market updates in English - and now in Spanish - please visit OldTownFM.com, and "like" us on Facebook.
Click HERE to learn more about the Puerto Vallarta Old Town Farmers' Market.