Lo de Marcos hosted it’s first Tianguis on Saturday, November 1, and it was well received by everyone in attendance. Even though it’s early in the season, nearly 50 vendors, all of which were preregistered, showed up with a wide selection of wares including:
- Handcrafted leather jewelry, books and purses
- Handmade silver, leather and beaded jewelry
- Manta, batik and crochet clothing and accessories
- Tablecloths, runners, pillow covers and other linens
- Infused glass, paper mache, copper, paintings and other artwork
- Organic and natural products: soap, lip balm, bug repellant, chia seeds, honey, organic greens and fermented food items
- A variety of food items: freshly ground coffee, salads, smoothies, sandwiches, pozole, tamales, desserts and more.
The market organizers have one golden rule – that everything must be artisanal, organic, made by hand or prepared using only natural products, seeking to raise the bar on the traditional tianguis.
Claudia Curtis, the market coordinator, feels that “each week, we will see additional vendors and enhancements to the Tianguis as she and her team are busy at work with decorations themed for the upcoming holidays, the selection of additional live music, radio broadcasts and much more.”
Their goal is “to attract more people to Lo de Marcos to bring in business and have that income stay in the area. People from all over will be here to take part in the marketplace, including Tepic, San Pancho, Sayulita and La Peñita, among others. We hope it will be an ongoing event for many years to come.” says Armando Contreras, one of the organizers.
Campamento Tortuguero Lo de Marcos, the town’s turtle rescue organization, were also on hand to answer questions about the pueblo.
According to a recent press release, this coming Saturday (November 8), “the Tianguis will be bursting at the seams with additional vendors in both the artisan and food court areas. The bar, which is next to the food court, has been expanded to allow for additional seating. They will also feature the live music of Son Tres from San Pancho. This upbeat trio will be performing from 11am until 2pm when the market closes. Son Tres plays something for everyone and never disappoints the audience.”
You can learn more about the new Tianguis in Lo de Marcos here.