New customs and traditions come to the Ciudad Blanca and, bit by bit, Mérida and its’ people adopt them.


Such is the case for the vast variety of markets that take place in Yucatán. Their purposes vary, but they all promote fair commerce, artisans, and even plastic-free products. You can find a different one each day of the week



Natural Thangs Farmers Market

To start off our week, Mondays (from 9 am to 12 pm) you can take part in the “Natural Thangs Farmers Market” located on the highway between Chelem & Chuburna or find us using Google Maps and searching  The Markets at Natural Thangs  (in between the “Aruba” and “Macabi” exits). You’ll find free-range eggs, smoked meats, sausages, and cheese; plus vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, among many others. This market is active from October until May.

FB: Natural Thangs Farmers Market
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Cocodrilo’s Market Progreso

Right in the middle of the week, your destination will be Cocodrilo’s Market (previously Miguel’s Market), also in Progreso. From 9 am to 1 pm every Wednesday, you can shop at Crocodile’s restaurant. Besides natural and local products such as vegetables, honey, yogurt, and bread; you’ll also find handmade dolls, jewelry, books, and photography. You can even have coffee for $20 pesos! Open September through May.

Calle 27 #302-A x 26, Progreso
FB: Crocodiles Restaurant Progreso
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Gypsy Market Chelem

Every Thursday from October to May, you’ll find the Gyspy Market at Natural Thangs Farmers Market in Chelem. Here you’ll find a wide variety of handcrafts of all kinds: leather, wood, jewelry, clothing, soaps, paintings, glass art, creams, and lotions. They also have a few stands with coffee and food to share with friends.

FB: Natural Thangs Farmers Market
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Slow Food Yucatán (Colón)

Saturday morning you have a date in García Ginerés, where the “Slow Food” market takes place from 9 am to 1 pm every week. They sell a wide assortment of products from a conscious and responsible production line. Some of the offerings include cheese, artisan bread, sauces and dressings, sweet snacks, hummus, books, and even pets up for adoption. Revitalize your Saturday morning with a visit to the “Slow Food” market.

Centro Comercial Colón en Avenida Reforma x Avenida Colón
FB: Slow Food Yucatán
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Slow Food Mérida Norte

Another Slow Food Market; this one is in the north in a park near Gran Plaza, in front of the Decaltlon sports store. Here you will find plants, herbs, cheeses, sheep meat, German sausages, bread, cookies, and always live music.

Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm
FB: Slow Food Merida Norte
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Cero Basura Yucatán

Every Saturday you’ll find the Mercado Cero Basura. This market exclusively features products aiming to use the least amount of plastic possible and help you live a greener life. Metallic straws, bamboo brushes, seeds in bulk, and reusable diapers are some of the items available.


Visit them every Saturday at Pista Roja Park in front of Gran Plaza. Help our planet, and grow this movement! 9 am – 2 pm.

FB: Cero Basura Yucatán




Editorial by Claudia Améndola y Judy Abbott
Photography by Claudia Améndola and various sources for their use in Yucatán Today

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