For the past six weeks our home base has been Sayulita, Nayarit, a small village renowned for its excellent surf. Home to about four thousand residents, the bohemian-chic beach town is small; barely a speck on the map. Still, between its services, shops and markets it has almost everything you could want or need.
One of our favourite things about Sayulita is the Mercado del Pueblo, which happens every Friday from ten to two, from November to April. Reminiscent of a typical farmer’s market, it features an abundance of locally grown, organic food; fresh, homemade meals; a variety of arts, crafts, and clothing; and live entertainment. It also has some of the best coffee beans and raicilla we’ve come across.
If you have the pleasure of experiencing Sayulita’s public market, you have to check out these vendors:
Mora from Argentina
Mora makes the type of flavourful vegan food that even meat-lovers can appreciate. We bought the special: lentil burgers made with olives, seaweed and ginger; incredibly convincing sunflower “cheese”; and chimmichuri. The latter was so good that we sought Mora out mid-week at the San Pancho Farmers Market to buy more.
Willie from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Willie sells a number of things, but the star of the show is the Balam Raicilla Blanco. If you’ve never tried raicilla you really should. The spirit originated in Jalisco and it predates the arrival of Hispanics in Mexico. Like tequila and mezcal, raicilla is a product of the agave plant. However a typical batch of raicilla is more like moonshine – strong as fuck and not very tasty. Balam is a different story, though; it’s silky smooth and almost sweet.
Organic Superfoods from Guadalajara, Jalisco
These guys should be in every North American kitchen. They sell exactly what the average household is missing: nutritious, organic, sugar-free food. They have a vast selection of products including hummus, natural peanut butter, almost butter, and dressings. After sampling all of their delicious hummus’s we bought the jalapeno and chipotle flavours. We also picked up a package of tostidas de linaza, a tasty alternative to traditional tostidos. They’re made with sprouted grains and baked without fat or flour – so, so good.
These are only a few of the awesome vendors and products to be found at the Sayulita Public Market. See what we left with this week, and the delicious aftermath.