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).
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.
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.
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 OldTownFM.com, and "like" us on Facebook.
Click HERE to learn more about the Puerto Vallarta Old Town Farmers' Market.