19 Jan 2015
Not sure if the general public is aware but Mexico decided over a year ago to support a NO GMO agriculture law! Local farmers protested to their state governments who then took the request to the Feds. Quickly the farmers were granted their wish, no GMO seeds are allowed in the country. Yipppeeee!!
Throughout the coast local organic and farmers markets are springing up to support local farmers and support our health. It is fantastic that organic produce that is GMO free is found so readily in the Rivera Maya. Now an organic market does imply food, but many of the markets that we are going to list include local artists and locally made foods from organic products. ie, you can find hand woven scarfs beside packaged organic salsas, which is beside an organic fruit stall. We love that the markets are not just fresh food based. Supporting artists, producers, and farmers in one market makes these events more bang for your buck and time.
One note, and this is an important note. The dates and places listed are as organic as the products. As much as we would love to guarantee that these markets will be running each and every week, which in most cases they do, there are times when the markets decide to take a break, or move, or change their time. So if you decided to walk to one of the markets and it is not where or on the date that we have listed, please do not shoot the messenger. We have put together a list for our guests and friends but it might be best to inquire around town to see if the market is happening that week.
Weekly Organic Markets in the Riviera Maya
Puerto Morelos Farmers Market – Every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the town center. The location changes so ask locally where the market is being held.
Kava Kasa Playa del Carmen – Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 22 Street between 5th and 10th Avenue.
CoCo beach Organic Market Playa del Carmen – Every Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Les Alizes Condos on CTM (calle 46) and Flamingos.
Papalote School Playa del Carmen – Every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 25th Avenue between 30th and 32nd street
Eco-Market Paamul Beach – Every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Paamul is very small so drive to the beach and ask locally for the location that week.
Akumal Farmers Market – Every Wednesday AND Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The market is just inside the arches close the basketball courts.
Aldea Zama MONTHLY Organic Market Tulum – Every second Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This market is held in the area called Aldea Zamas which is just off the road leading to the Tulum beach from Hwy 307. This residential community has a public area that hosts the market. Just follow the signs once you reach the main gate at Aldea Zama.
Pop up markets happen, so if you are on vacation and see a sign for a local market, go for it. Pop up markets are not unheard of and they are super fun when you come across them.