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A Pleasing Walk in Old San Juan Natural Farmers Market

Looking at Fresh Quality Products in a Nice Atmosphere
Publication of Discovery: March 31, 2022
Issue: March, 2022

If you are in Puerto Rico and like to start weekends doing a pleasant activity or just want break your Saturday routine, we have a great suggestion for you. Wake up early, wear comfortable shoes and head towards Old San Juan Natural Farmers Market. That is what we just did and had a great time. Meeting nice farmers and vendors while looking at agroecological farms’ produce, quality fresh food and eco-friendly products while walking on a sidewalk along San Felipe del Morro Fort area and feeling the breeze was delightful.

At our first stop, we were amazed by Ital Good’z homemade desserts and pastries. A gluten-free banana cake with topping made of vegan cream cheese, shredded coconut, pecans, walnuts, and hemp seeds stood out. Those who like satisfying their sweet tooth may also like checking out banana blondies, vegan donuts, strawberry marmalade-filled tarts, and gluten-free good-looking brownies made by Zulma Rosario, the heart of Ital Good’z.

Desde Cero Borikén also offers attractive homemade food and desserts. Gluten-free cocoa-and-sweet-potato truffles and mini cheesecakes with artisanal strawberry-marmalade-and-cashew-cream topping, and guava or strawberry marmalade-filled tarts plus a distinctive granola, including quinoa, cranberry, nuts and other ingredients, were among the food goodies beautifully crafted by Iris “Yaya” Ramos, who proudly showed us her creations. Healthy food lovers may also like eating an early vegan lunch made by Yaya, such as almond hummus, grain veggie patties and a meat-like dish made of pecans, quinoa, chickpeas, lentils, green peas and veggie patty.

Interesting fruits and artisanal products were displayed at Nueva Cosecha-Siembras Ecológicas’s table. Gooseberry, rose apple (“pomarrosa” in Spanish), turmeric and “jobos” were showing off next to cassava, green plantains and ripe sweet plantains. Naia Seda, Nueva Cosecha Farm’s owner, gladly showed us homemade hibiscus flower juice and marmalades, vinaigrettes and hot sauces made from fruits grown at the farm. Tamarind, guava, passion fruit and rose apple are among the marmalade and vinaigrette flavors while hot sauces are made from habanero pepper and fruits such as guava, acerola, rose apple, passion fruit and pineapple.

As we kept enjoying the market, more farmers and vendors happily showed their products. We saw cherry tomato plants, microgreens, lettuce, papaya, and green plantains grown by Marlia Bosques, founder of Cultivos Mali, an agroecological farm project. Then we reached Finca El Paraíso’s table where visitors may meet farmers Nina Craig and Jaime Jordán, and buy arugula, kale, collard, bok choy, lentil sprouts, tomatoes, and cosmos and celosia edible flowers, among others. Ornamental flowers were also available at the market. Francisco Tirado, Hoja Mojá’s owner, shared his passion for the growing and care of orchids such as Cattleya and oncidium.

Alternativa Cero Basura’s co-founder, Juan Carlos García, talked about his mission to foster waste generation reduction through sell-by-weight method. People may buy organic-certified products, such as black and red beans, corn seeds, rice, all-purpose flour, oatmeal, sugar, and raisins, and do their bit by buying the desired food quantity and bringing their own bag for food storage. You may even find achiote made in Barranquitas Municipality. Alternativa Cero Basura also sells artisanal bar soaps for personal and home care, created under various brands. The bar soap made from lavender, lemon and rosemary essential oils caught our attention.

We had a lot of fun looking at artisanal and agricultural products of some businesses promoted at Old San Juan Natural Farmers Market. We can always visit the market again to keep exploring it. If you plan to assist this event, keep in mind that it takes place on the morning every Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

tour provider: Yourself onto Agritourism
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where the crew ate: La Garita Yaz Restaurant
photograph by: N. Michelle Rodríguez

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all details with the pertinent businesses before planning your trip. Please be cautious. The company behind this publication assumes no responsibility for your safety when participating in the activities mentioned in this article. You are responsible for confirming whether you are capable of participating in any of these activities or tours, regardless of the effort level or any other information provided in this website.

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Michelle Rodríguez, San Juan, P.R.: “A short path can lead to a ‘long walk’ at Old San Juan Natural Farmers Market as you meet the people behind the market and take time to appreciate their offer.”

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