The Importance of Shopping at Farmers’ Markets

Fabulous Farmers’ Markets in Cabo

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. Along 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 that 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 show that organically-grown food has higher amounts of Vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus and iron – all nutrients that are vital for the healthy functioning of our bodies. Organic fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients and antioxidants, which provide energy and youthful appearances. 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 that are 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 also linked to various forms of cancer. The Cancer Panel strongly recommended that people reduce their exposure to carcinogens by removing toxins from 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. These farmers’ markets showcase the best of local organic produce: fruits, herbs, veggies, artisan cheeses and dairy products, organic meats, chickens and eggs. Some of the markets offer fish and seafood as well. A fine selection of jams, jellies, pesto, prepared foods (to eat right away or to take home), along with a nice variety of arts, crafts, fresh flowers, books and more goodies offer a fantastic Mexican Mercado Experience.

In Cabo San Lucas, there is one in the Pedregal area, small yet offering everything needed. This market is open every Wednesday and Saturday, from 7am to 12 noon. Parking is limited, however patrons can enjoy a cute coffee shop with a fantastic organic meal before or after shopping.

In San José, there are two options, depending on what would you like to do. There is a Farmers’ Market on Saturdays (Sanjomo) from 9am to 3pm, with a relaxed ambiance and activities such as yoga and live music throughout the green areas. Another option is the Organic & Crafts Market at The Shoppes at Palmilla every Friday from 9am to 1pm. This market offers more in-and-out easy access with ample parking, as well as stunning views to the Sea of Cortez. Although there are no activities, this authentic market offers a great selection of Mexican crafts and souvenirs to complete the experience.

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

Last, but certainly not least

There is true value in purchasing organic. For many that believe organic to be pricy, 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 investment. 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 certified organic foods shows meaningful support. This patronage helps grow the marketplace and positively change the food system.

With time and patience, organic products will gain a larger presence. Until that happens, hang in there and support local farmers – after all, your body is the ONLY ONE you have. Take care of it!

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