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Insider’s guide to farmers market

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Experience hosted by Ancel

60 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people

What you'll do

We’ll begin with what’s unique, special and unusual in the fruits and vegetables available on the day you arrive. We’ll talk to the farmers about their produce and their farms to gain a better understanding of life in this beautiful Caribbean town. Knowing how to use tropical vegetables and fruits will have you eating and cooking like a local in no time at all. The market is also a well loved social hub for locals and foreigners alike and is a great place to get the real flavor of Puerto Viejo. From organic veggies to artesanal bread to handmade jewelry to traditional fresh cheeses, you’ll get to know the producers and creators behind this bustling and thriving market. After the tour there will be plenty of time to grab a coffee or smoothie and start shopping!
Other things to note
Costa Rica is working towards banning single use plastics by 2021, at the farmers market are trying to do this sooner. Please support our efforts by bringing your own bags and declining any offered.
We’ll begin with what’s unique, special and unusual in the fruits and vegetables available on the day you arrive. We’ll talk to the farmers about their produce and their farms to gain a better understanding of life in this beautiful Caribbean town. Knowing how to use tropical vegetables and fruits will have you eating and cooking like a local in no time at all. The market is also a well loved social hub for locals and foreigners alike and is a gr…

Meet your host, Ancel

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 9 Reviews
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Hi, I'm Sam-- an agroforester (farming with trees!), chocolate maker, and tropical farm-to-table foodie working on a local organic farm here in Puerto Viejo. As a resident and farmer in the community, I can show you the ins and outs of living and shopping in this thriving tropical town. I am delighted to introduce guests to the many unusual and exquisite fruits and vegetables available at the market, as well as the many characters behind these unique products. This is your chance to get all the inside information on what and who makes a market!
Hi, I'm Sam-- an agroforester (farming with trees!), chocolate maker, and tropical farm-to-table foodie working on a local organic farm here in Puerto Viejo. As a resident and farmer in the community, I can show you the ins and outs of living and shopping in this thriving tropical town. I am delighted to introduce guests to the many unusual and exquisite fruits and vegetables available at the market, as well as the many characters behind these unique products. This is your chance to get all th…
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Where you'll be

The market has grown a lot in the past 15 years, wrapped around the picturesque Casa del Cultura, it has two entrances. We’ll walk around the whole market where we’ll talk to farmers, artists and producers about their wares and lives in this bustling and beautiful area.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 9 reviews.

Grace
January 2020
This is a great farmer's market and it was great having an "inside scoop" to learn about the local produce and vendors. It was perfectly timed for us--we stocked up for the week.
Vern
December 2019
We'd already spent two weeks in CR, one of which was spent buying our own stuff and cooking our own breakfasts/dinners (usually.) As a result, we had some knowledge about the local foods, but Sam - the guide - really helped flesh out our understanding. She knew the clients, their niches, and helped personalize our needs and match them to vendors able to deliver what we wanted. (As in, my wife is vegetarian, and while I am not, we weren't keen on meats, so we didn't focus much time at all on those.) Sam allowed us time to interact with the vendors, translating as needed, and helping us come to a better understanding of the bounty that's available at the Puerto Viejo farmers' market. I did select the "something else" option - but its a niggling suggestion: would would help, perhaps, would be some added info on how to store (shelf life) the products of the market.
We'd already spent two weeks in CR, one of which was spent buying our own stuff and cooking our own breakfasts/dinners (usually.) As a result, we had some knowledge about the local…
Dianna
November 2019
I really enjoyed all of the extra information provided during this adventure. I, for sure, could not have had such a good understanding nor the connection to the vendors.
Amy
October 2019
Sam was a great guide. She had a lot of background on the farmers market itself and knew the history of each of the vendors. It was a great experience.
Danielle
September 2019
Cute small market with local vendors. Sam was our guide and she knew them all personally. We visited almost every stand and even got to sample some fruit, cheese, and chocolate!
Paul
September 2018
Had a very enjoyable experience going from stall to stall learning about each type of produce, where it’s from, it’s history, how it’s prepared, and speaking to the farmers. I picked up some pineapples and avocados when I was done, they tasted incredible .
Had a very enjoyable experience going from stall to stall learning about each type of produce, where it’s from, it’s history, how it’s prepared, and speaking to the farmers. I pick…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Shopping bags

Local currency, preferably in smaller denominations