Farmers Markets… going back to basics

Those were the days, when people had an easy-going life with less stress and less hurry. Nowadays, we find ourselves always rushing and running.  With this, came an entire lifestyle: fast cars, fast technology and fast food!  Without noticing it, we ended up adding all types of chemicals and hormones to our food while not realizing the side effects.  The good news is it’s not too late!

Why organic?

According to the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers, a United States Department of Agriculture accredited organic certifying agency) and to the USDA Organic, studies shows that organically grown food has higher amounts of Vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus and iron – all nutrients vital for the healthy functioning of our bodies. Organic fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients and antioxidants, which provide energy and keep you looking young. Data shows that organic milk contains far more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk.

Off your plate!

Certified organic agricultural operations avoid the use of most synthetic pesticides found in conventional agriculture. Chemical pesticides and herbicides have been linked to birth defects, obesity, diabetes, ADHD and other health problems. The US Government reported in 2010 that pesticide exposure is linked to various forms of cancer. The Cancer Panel strongly recommended that people reduce their exposure to carcinogens by removing toxins from our food, water and air. Each time you choose organic, you are choosing to leave these chemicals off your plate.

Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that have been given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Synthetic hormones have been linked to premature reproductive development in human females and health problems in livestock. Organic producers do not use genetic engineering (GE) or genetically modified organism (GMOs).

But, here in Cabo?

Yes, Cabo has fabulous farmers markets to cater your needs. Todos Santos, Pescadero, Cabo San Lucas, San José and even the East Cape all host beautiful stands with fresh produce showcasing the best of in local organic produce: fruits, herbs, veggies, artisan cheeses and dairy products, organic meats, chickens, eggs. Some of markets offer fish and seafood as well.  Jams, jellies, pestos, prepared foods (to eat in location or to take home) along with a nice variety of arts, crafts, fresh flowers, books and more goodies to have a fantastic Mexican Mercado Experience.

In Cabo San Lucas, we have one in the Pedregal area, small but with all you need. Open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7am to 12 noon. Parking is limited but with a cute coffee shop where you can enjoy a fantastic organic breakfast before shopping.

In San José, we have two options, depending on what would you like to do. We have a Farmers Market on Saturdays (Sanjomo) from 9am to 3pm with activities such as yoga and live music throughout the green areas. Sanjomo offers a relaxed ambience, although I have to say that getting there is kind of tricky.  Another option is the Organic & Crafts Market at The Shoppes at Palmilla every Friday from 9am to 1pm. More in-and-out easy access, ample parking and with a stunning view to The Sea of Cortez… no activities though but with a great selection of Mexican crafts and souvenirs to complete your experience.

Normally, due the weather, markets start first week in November until the last week on April.

LEFT: Pedregal Market. RIGHT: San José Market “Sanjomo”.

Last, but certainly not least

We can´t help but talk about the true value of organic. If you find yourself thinking that organic is pricey… let me tell you that organic farming and production practices are costlier and often more time consuming than conventional methods. Plus, government support for organic production is unequal to the support for conventional agriculture. The dedication and care that goes into growing organic fruits and vegetables is well worth the invest. In fact, many organic foods cost the same or even less than their conventional counterpart!

Demanding more organic options and packing your shopping cart with certifies organic foods means a lot. It helps grow the marketplace and change our food system. With time and patience, we’ll hopefully achieve having organic products as are the only products around.  Until that happens, let´s hang in there and support our local farmers – after all, our body is the ONLY ONE we have. Let´s take care of it!


Patty Soto, General Manager

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