Mercado Sano

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Place Category: Food and Drink, Groceries - Markets, and ShoppingPlace Tags: Farm, garden, grocery, natural, organic, pesticides, and Restaurant

  • 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

    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.)

    Walk down the stairs (or ramp) to six

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  • 6 Reviews on “Mercado Sano”

    1. Donna Mercado Sano
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      All the vendors are pleasant and know their wares. Pedro (the cheese guy) has a huge variety of cheeses and some rabbit burgers; Miguel (the La Isla fish guy) has great product – including CRAB CLAWS. 3 large claws in a package – roughly $100 pesos; Isabel (the quiche lady) has a booth; Natura has a booth and a freezer typically full of grass-fed beef . . . plus the Mercado has restaurants and a complete fresh salad bar.

      I am SO PLEASED with Mercado SANO. If you haven’t been to this beautiful market I encourage you to visit. Congratulations to Luc Monzies and Don Pedro (and family) and all the vendors. This is a wonderful addition to San Miguel. I truly hope residents will support this effort.

    2. Christina Mercado Sano
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      I agree about the Mercado Sano. They also have the tamale place upstairs, doing other Mexican specialties. and the Somos Semillas store where you can get seeds for your garden and read some of their many books on seeds and planting.

      I love the Mercado Sano! And I mentioned this before, but the Tea person/woman has great teas, mixes that are so unusual and delightful.
      I live two blocks away, and I feel fortunate that I have such a place in my immediate neighborhood.
      Let’s support them!

    3. Marilyn Mercado Sano
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      I’m wondering if the SMA population is aware of the wonderful upstairs level at the new Mercado Sano on the Ancha. As if it wasn’t wonderful enough on the first level with all the amazing vendors (at least 2 cheese shops, fresh fish, pizza, pastries, fresh bread, Natura, luxury cosmetics, fresh produce and many, many more) not to mention the incredible fresh salad bar, the upstairs level has a slew of fine food stands (Pork Belly and Comida de Afrodite, to name just two) plus Cafe Catedral’s great coffee.

      It also has gorgeous seating and lounge areas, sofas, wi-fi, nice bathrooms — in short, just a great space to hang out, meet friends, work on your iPad and have a great meal. Whew, that was a long sentence but this place deserves all the publicity we can give it. Since I live right next door, I am there every day, shopping and/or having lunch or just hanging out because it’s such a neat place! I feel so incredibly lucky to have this great resource right at my gate!

      It’s open 8am-8pm seven days a week (how great is that?)

    4. Linda Mercado Sano
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      I was there again today to check out the upstairs restaurants. We are truly fortunate to have this wonderful, healthy, down-to-earth market in our town. I’m calling it “the People’s Market” unlike the upscale tourist attraction in town, which is very beautiful but a “destination" this new market is for everyday shopping with some very special and high quality purveyors. Thanks to all who make it possible.

    5. Kit Mercado Sano
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      We went on Monday and were surprised to find underground parking. Had delicious pasta upstairs at La Afrodita (hope I got the name right). Congratulations Luc and everyone else who worked hard to put this together. Don Pedro’s has been transformed.

    6. Doug Mercado Sano
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      The new mercado itself is open from 8-8pm each day, but the individual vendors are still deciding their hours, studying traffic patterns and so on. I know Denise Rosenfeld will be there with her baked goods from 10-4 today, but I thnk her neighbor, Ana Francisca the tea lady, was thinking of opening at 9 and staying later…

      Right next to Aphorodita, Pork Belly is selling small sandwiches for only 40 pesos. Recommended!

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