New organic market planned for Zapote

Central Valley shoppers will have a new organic farmers market to visit Sept. 13 and thereafter.

The Asociación de Productores y Consumidores Orgánicos de Costa Rica said that the retail firm CEMACO has provided space for the event twice a month at the firm’s location in Zapote.

The association said it expected at least 20 producers to be present for the 1 p.m. inaugural. They come from San José, Alajuela y Cartago.

This is a second Feria Orgánica El Trueque, which now is in Barrio El Carmen de Paso Ancho. The market has been in operation since 1999. Organizers said that all the products will be certified as organic.

Farmers markets with the emphasis on organic have blossomed in the last five years. Of course, all food products are organic, but the term generally means production without agrochemicals and pesticides.

The Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería has established standards with regulation 29782, and those at the new market will comply, said organizers.

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