Farmer's market celebrates 4th seasonal opening day

Farmer's market celebrates 4th seasonal opening day
Cafe Mayapan
Positively El Paso

POSTED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 9:21am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:04am

La Mujer Obrera, a local women’s empowerment and advocacy center is celebrating their 4th Seasonal Opening of the Mayapan Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The indoor farmers’ market is located at Café Mayapán, 2000 Texas Avenue, with a variety of local produce, serving traditional Mexican cuisine and features traditional clothing, toys and jewelry by an indigenous women’s collective of artisans.

The Mayapan Farmers Market is rooted in social and economic justice, featuring healthy eating cooking lessons throughout the season. Located in the 2nd poorest district in the nation, it is expected to stimulate the local economy and increase access to healthful foods for community members.

WHAT: Mayapán Farmers’ Market Inaugural Ceremony with Danza Azteca Omecoalt

WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2014. Doors open at 8 a.m. Inaugural ceremony / Press Conference at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Cafe Mayapán, 2000 Texas Avenue, El Paso, Texas

WHO: Open to the Public; Community leaders expected to attend

Cafe Mayapan says that the Paso del Norte region has experienced a decline in small family farms over the last 15 years. Bilingual educational displays in the market will be posted to raise consumer awareness about the importance of strengthening the local food system and supporting small farmers who grow local, seasonal foods. Cafe Mayapan's food access and culturally based nutrition education models have received recognition including being named Agent of Change by the Christian Science Monitor and being featured as a model program in the PBS documentary, “Feeding Minds: Texas Takes on Hunger and Obesity.”

During the 2013 inaugural season of the Mayapán Farmers Market, over 30 different local produce items were available including: tomatoes, zucchini, chili, onion, pumpkin, nopales, and cooking herbs such as epazote, basil, and mint. Located in the Chamizal neighborhood, the farmers market provides access to fresh, local produce and integrates nutrition education through cooking demonstrations, taste tests, and recipe distribution.

La Mujer Obrera’s Mayapan Farmer’s Market will operate 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays through October at Café Mayapán, which also has a fair-trade artisan marketplace and restaurant.

For more information, visit MujerObrera's website.

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