The San Pedro Farmers Market, held once a month on Ambergris Caye, Belize has revolutionized life for foodies on the island. Colette Kase explains why.
Belize has some great local produce markets. San Ignacio, in particular, is famous for fresh Belizean fruit and veg. Markets like this exist in most towns across the country.
San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye, also has its share of roadside stands and stores where you can find fruit and vegetables from the mainland and abroad. They’re fun places to shop, especially if you’re interested in learning about new foods.
There’s also a large expat community, plus many affluent Belizean households in San Pedro, who seek artisanal products to enjoy. They think about what they buy, and they not only want it to be delicious, but they also care about where their food comes from. Healthy, ethically-produced food has turned into a demand that local small business owners have moved in to fill.
Enter the San Pedro Farmers Market to cater for these people – tourists, locals, and residents alike.
The San Pedro Farmers Market takes place once a month at The Truck Stop, about a mile north of the bridge, on the way to Secret Beach.
The Truck Stop itself is a San Pedro institution, the first shipping container food park in Belize. There’s a great selection of food trucks serving different yummy cuisines plus a great beer garden, pool, live music, and an outdoor movie theater. It’s the sort of place everyone who comes to San Pedro ends up hanging out in eventually, and returning to again and again. It makes total sense that The Truck Stop hosts the San Pedro Farmers Market.
If you love good food, you’ll find the San Pedro Farmers Market a surprise and a delight.
It might amaze you to find products like real artisan cheeses, made right here in Belize. You can buy cured meats like pastrami, handmade dog treats, and homemade dishes like pierogi and ravioli.
The vendors vary from month to month. But depending on who’s around, you can sample fresh sushi or taste test delicious varieties of hummus and pate. You’ll definitely love the local spices on display. Looking at them is a feast for the eyes.
The market allows you to find out about products you may never have thought were available in San Pedro.
You’ll discover local businesses like the Brooklyn Brothers Bagel Shop, an authentic bagel bakery based in San Pedro. The market has also inspired talented home-based cooks. Many show up to sell mouthwatering desserts and good old-fashioned kitchen recipes like bacon jam.
Some producers are from Ambergris Caye, selling items like hydroponically grown, crispy fresh greens and homemade jarred pickles. Others travel from the mainland especially for the day, bringing fresh-baked bread and free range eggs.
The San Pedro Farmers Market is a great way to meet new people in a casual and friendly setting.
Live music often plays and people stroll around with a glass of wine chatting and enjoying the ambiance. By being there you’ll know you share a common interest in all things delicious.
So ask around or check out Facebook for the next event and remember to get there early. If you’re a vendor, also hit them up on Facebook to book your spot.
While island time applies to most things on Ambergris Caye, those in the know, know that many of the delicious produce available at the San Pedro Farmers Market sells out fast.