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Old Town Farmers' Market Celebrates Mexico's Culture

June 28, 2013

Artisan and music teacher Néstor de Jesús Villaseñor García honors his heritage by crafting Pre-Hispanic musical instruments. He also plays the harp and pan flutes as a member of Tajin, a local duo.

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - Every Saturday we celebrate the many cultures of our Old Town Farmers' Market - Tianguis Cultural community. This week we are honoring our host country and its talented artisans and skillful producers.

One such artisan is Néstor de Jesús Villaseñor García, who honors his heritage with handmade Pre-Hispanic musical instruments.

"My instruments represent an important part of our culture," says García, who has been fashioning his original pre-Hispanic instruments for over 30 years. The sounds are soothing, reminiscent of a time long ago. Not only is García a talented instrument maker, but he is also a teacher and a skilled musician.

As a teacher at the Instituto Cultural Cuale for over 20 years, García has been sharing his love of music with students from all over the Banderas Bay area. He plays the harp and pan flutes as a member of Tajin, a local duo. Take home the comforting sounds of Tajin's repertoire by purchasing a CD from García at the Market. And while you're having the CD signed, be sure to select your very own handcrafted, pre-Hispanic instrument. Both make an ideal gift for music lovers of all ages.

The celebration of Mexico continues with freshly roasted peanuts and peanut products from Cacahuate Carlos. Owned by Carlos Valdivia and Lisa Gilroy, Cacahuate Carlos is built on a longstanding family tradition. Having moved to Vallarta, Valdivia met Canadian Lisa Gilroy in 2008. The two fell in love, and soon found themselves roasting small batches of peanuts to sell at the Market and at local candy stores and restaurants.

"We use old family recipes and organic ingredients to make our quality products," says Gilroy, who is quick to note that Cacahuate Carlos is free from pesticides, chemicals and oils. Market shoppers rave about the variety of flavors and come back time and time again to get their favorites, including:

• Flavored peanuts: sweet, salty, spicy & garlic
• Natural peanut butter (crunchy and smooth)
• Chocolate peanut butter
• Peanut butter cookies
• Peanut brittle
• Peanut butter fudge
• Peanuts in the shell

"We love to share the peanut-growing process with our customers," says Gilroy. "We love our customers, and selling our peanuts is just icing on the cake."

To pick up your favorite peanut products, stop by Cacahuate Carlos this Saturday. To learn more, visit them on Facebook.

Join us in celebration this Saturday at the Old Town Farmers' Market - Tianguis Cultural. Located along Basilio Badillo between Olas Altas and Ignacio Vallarta, the Old Town Farmers' Market is open from 9:30 am to 2 pm from the first Saturday in November to the last Saturday in July. For more information, visit, or 'Like' the Market on Facebook.

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