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Largest Local and Organic Market in SMA
Ancha de San Antonio 123 (Old Don Pedro’s)
Store hours, 7 days, 8am-8pm
Parking and Wifi available
Organic Mercado Sano Opens
written by: Amy Cotler firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 1st at 9 am the largest organic market/store in San Miguel, Mercado Sano, opens its doors at the old Don Pedro hardware store on the Ancho de San Antonio. The store provides a one-stop shop, with a dizzying array of local, natural and artisanal foods and groceries to savor there or take out. But Mercado Sano isn’t just about good food and provisions; it seeks to become community hub, taking the local food movement to the next level.
This starts with transparency. Beginning with the fruit vendors, consumers will know where their food comes from and how it was produced. The store aspires to post profiles of all the vendors, including photos of the producers and production and maps of their location. Consumers will shop directly from vendor-producers rather than “middle men,” buying quality products while doing the right thing too — supporting and boosting the local economy’s farmers, artisan producers and entrepreneurs.
Community support and inclusion helped launch the market. From its inception, the generous Don Petro family leased their store to local vendors, 90% of whom are Mexican, rather than sell yet another luxury hotel venture. The store is managed communally. The rent is shared by its vendors, the market run by a burgeoning vendor steering community.
Inclusion means keeping prices reasonable, so everyone can afford good, fair and clean food. “Our policy is to encourage competition to bring prices down. That’s what the organic movement needs. One of my organic lettuce varieties sells for 7 pesos less the than the mega!” says Luc Monzies founder of Mercado Sano. (As well as one of the founders of the Tanguis Tosma.)
Competition and inclusion, includes locals like the tamale guy out front. He’ll remain there, working in with Mente Cacao, one of the store’s chocolate vendors, who will provide cacao husks for his atole. Often marginalized local farmers will also be bringing produce to sell in the front of the store. And Jorge Catalan, of the wildly popular 12-year old Natura, will have a strong presence, as well serving on the steering committee.
The building walks the sustainable talk too, featuring reused water bottles for lights, recycled fibers and woods as much as possible for vendor stands and décor, Not a faceless enterprise, locals will likely recognize many vendors, 20 from the Saturday Tanguis Tosma. The first floor will feature GMO and Organic popcorn popped on site, natural health and beauty products, grocery and food relate items, like kitchen supplies and produce from local vendors, as well as a Café, bakery, and, in deference to the indigenous foods of Mexico, a Agua Miel bar, with the beverage make fresh daily. (Outside they will be a small nursery, also selling compost.)
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