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Don Martin's Handrolled Cigars at Vallarta's OTFM-TC

April 1, 2016

While making your way through the market Saturday, be sure to stop by Cigars Don Martin. Now in his sixth season, Don Martin continues to be an Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural favorite.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Farm-to-table ingredients, ready-to-eat foods, live music, traditional Mexican hand crafts, tropical flowers, fashion-forward apparel/accessories, artisan chocolates, handmade body products, unique gifts - we've got it all here for you at the Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural!

Meet Cigars Don Martin

While making your way through the market, be sure to stop by Cigars Don Martin. You'll find Martin Antemate Velasco, a Maestro Rolador (Master Maker of Cigars).

"As a child, I was mesmerized by the tobacco fields surrounding San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz," says Don Martin. He describes this south-eastern location as the nation's hub for fine tobacco since the 1800s. Don Martin had been drawn to the tobacco scents as a youngster, and he eventually took an interest in rolling his own cigars.

Don Martin honed the craft of rolling cigars by working for the local company. He later moved to Puerto Vallarta, bringing 30 years of experience and a dream to make and sell high-quality Mexican cigars. He thought that the Old Town Farmers Market-Tianguis Cultural could help him realize his goals. He joined during the market's second season.

A Market Favorite

"I arrived to the market on public transportation, carrying a suitcase, table and chair," he explains. "It was extremely uncomfortable, and I had only six boxes of cigars to sell. But thanks to the opportunity provided by the Old Town Farmers' Market, my business has grown by 90%. I now have my own car. I bring three tables, a shaded tent, and a bunch of hand rolled cigars each week. It's much more convenient for all of my new and returning customers."

A Special Fermentation Process

Now in his sixth season, Don Martin continues to be a market favorite. He happily rolls for shoppers, explaining his special fermentation process. First, he gathers the tobacco from Mexican growers. He then ferments the leaves in tequila and rum, taking advantage of the tropical humidity. The leaves are then rolled for maximum purity, flavor and smoking enjoyment. Each comes packaged in an attractive set, perfect for immediate enjoyment or as a souvenir.

Discover why market-goers love the taste and quality of Don Martin's hand-rolled cigars. To learn more, contact him at +52 (322) 779-0055, martin_ant.puros(at), or via Facebook.

Yoga Class

Due to a limited response, the yoga class is cancelled for the balance of the season.

Meet the Market

The OTFM-TC is a North American style market that celebrates the tradition and culture of Mexico's outdoor Tianguis markets. It is also a registered non-profit/association civil organization that focuses on nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of Puerto Vallartans. All OTFM-TC products are either locally grown or handmade within 75 kilometers of the city.

You're Invited!

The OTFM-TC will be open 9:30-2 every Saturday, from November 7, 2015, to April 30, 2016. You'll find us in Lazaro Cárdenas Park, located in Vallarta's Emiliano Zapata neighborhood. For only 12 pesos an hour, you can park in the garage directly beneath park. Public buses and taxis also come this way with a Pino Suarez Street drop off.

Get Involved

Interested in becoming a new OTFM-TC vendor or volunteer? Stop by the information booth to pick up an application.

For market updates in English - and now in Spanish - please visit, and "like" us on Facebook.

Click HERE to learn more about the Puerto Vallarta Old Town Farmers' Market.