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Feria de Productores Ecotianguis This Weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Feria de Productores

Taken from Feria de Productores Facebook event page.

Another weekend is upon us and with it comes what promises to be a very worthwhile and enjoyable eco-expo hosted by the Feria de Productores (Fair of Producers). This green organization here in Guadalajara aims to provide organic and artesanal foodstuffs utilizing fair and just business practices. With that mission in mind, it is putting on another rather large expo with many local producers in attendance this Sunday, April 19th, from 10am-5pm. Among the items available for purchase will be organic, pesticide-free vegetables and fruits, aretesanal ice cream, prepared foods, personal care products, things for your pet, and much more. If locally-sourced and organic goods are your thing, or if you want to support environmentally-responsible vendors, be sure to visit this eco-expo at the Tepeyac Casino residential development in Zapopan for the low cost of $15 MXN per adult/$10 MXN per child. There will be music, workshops, art, and childrens’ activities for the whole family’s entertainment. We’ll see you there!

Tianguis Tales: Tianguis del Círculo de Producción at Ecotienda in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Ecotianguis del Círculo de Producción

Vendor product photos.

We have thus far written about a few of your organic, all natural, locally sourced store shopping options here in Guadalajara, otherwise known as ecotiendas. In addition, we’ve previously mentioned an ecotianguis or ecomarket that more or less takes place every Sunday at Plaza las Ramblas. In those veins, we’d like to continue assisting the growth in popularity of these stores and markets here in the city by mentioning yet another ecotianguis that takes place outside the Ecotienda, located on Calle Morelos due west of Avenida de las Americas, known as the Tianguis del Círculo de Producción.

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Ecomercado at Plaza las Ramblas in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 12th, 2014

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veggiesLooking for something to do this weekend? Well, here’s a heads-up that ECO-impacta, a green organization here in Guadalajara, is hosting an ecomercado this coming Sunday, October 12th, at Plaza las Ramblas on Avenida Chapultepec. Among the available items will be pesticide-free vegetables and fruits. If locally-sourced and organic goods are your thing, or if you want to support environmentally-responsible vendors, be sure to visit the ecomercado anytime between 10am and 3pm!

Ecotiendas: Finding Healthy Organic and Locally-Sourced Foodstuffs in Guadalajara, Mexico

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IMG_3963The organic and/or locally sourced movement is still getting off the ground in Mexico, in general. Not to say that folks weren’t already producing organic products or sourcing products locally in Mexico before, but simply that the organization of businesses and resources around these ends and the emphasis on the importance of these aspects of consumption are still works-in-progress.

The focus on where things come from, how they are grown, and the means by which they get to market is increasing but is not hyper-strong throughout the entire country yet. There’s plenty of room for growth. You’ll most likely have the easiest time finding wholesome and healthy organic and locally-sourced goods in el DF (Mexico City, Distrito Federal), be they offered by specialty stores, restaurants or other businesses. However, more and more, various shops are popping up here in Guadalajara.

To be honest, we can’t say that we’re overly impressed with the choices or the pricing or the variety. But, availability is improving poco a poco as they say (little by little). In this article we’ll review a few specialty store options and pass on our recommendations. In later articles we’ll address things like organic-market meetups and restaurants.

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Tianguis Tales: Avenida Patria, Guadalajara, Mexico

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"Mexico City street market 1885". Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Mexico City street market 1885“. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The heart of one of the largest tianguis in Guadalajara can be found at the intersection of Avenida Patria and Avenida Tabachines. Tianguis Loma Bonita stretches from this intersection many blocks in either direction in Avenida Tabachines, and along Avenida Patria to the east. This tianguis is not as large as el Baratillo, but it’s not as generally dangerous either, and of interest is that it has more people bringing their own things from home to sell from tarps on the ground. In other words, this tianguis is part yard sale, if you will, in addition to the established metal and tarp puestos.

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Tianguis Tales: Colonia Santa Teresita, Guadalajara, Mexico

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IMG_2397_SantaTere_CroppedColonia Santa Teresita (Santa Tere for short) is a dense, vibrant, and busy section of Guadalajara, Jalisco. It boasts two tianguis in addition to its extremely popular core market in the heart of the colonia. One tianguis takes place every Wednesday while the other runs on Sundays.

What is a tianguis you ask? It’s a street market, and in Guadalajara specifically it is a collection of puestos (stands) assembled together literally right in the middle of the street, often with a mixture of metal rods and tarps. When there is a tianguis in effect, there’s no driving through that area anymore. Doesn’t matter if you are an operator of a city bus, you ain’t getting through, those streets are closed.

Tianguis across the city vary in size, schedule, location, and what they sell, among other things. Often, there’s some common theme to them, if you will, and they may contain makeshift “restaurants”. This one’s more about foodstuffs, that one’s more about clothing. And that’s the way it is for the two that take place in Santa Tere.

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