El Pochote Market — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
With two locations in town, El Pochote Market is the best place in the city to buy fresh organic produce directly from local growers. In addition to produce, a lot of the vendors sell packaged organic products, including even mezcal. One of the Pochotes materializes every Friday and Saturday at 8:30 in the morning in the courtyard of the Templo de Santo Tomás, in the Barrio de Xochimilco, and runs until around 3:30 in the afternoon, while the other other one, which runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Sundays, operates out of a brick-and-mortar building four blocks southeast of the Zócalo. Be sure to bring along a sturdy tote bag for your spoils.
• Market, Organic • $-$$ • (P)
- Benito Juárez, between De Progreso and Porfirio Díaz, one block north of Niños Heroes; Barrio de Xochimilco; Fri & Sat 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.
- Rayon 411, between Melchor Ocampo and Xicoténcatl, four blocks southeast of Zócalo; South of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Closed Sun.