Witch brooms, pizza and rubber snakes at the Ajijic farmers market

After Scout’s Spanish class this morning, the pair of us headed over to Ajijic to explore the farmers market, which runs every Wednesday.

Unlike the Chapala market, this picture-perfect market is more gringo oriented, offering artisan crafts and slightly higher prices. Doesn’t matter; it’s still loads of fun. In fact Scout prefers it, because she loves all that crafty stuff, and the market itself is pleasantly shady on a hot day. Also an old man there sells beautiful caged birds, and the kid’s been after me to buy her a pair of finches.

First things first. Lunch! Chorizos sizzling away at the taco stand smelled out of this world, but Scout and I decided to have a couple slices of pizza instead. (Chorizo is common here; pizza isn’t.) Then we spent a couple hours strolling around.

Scout ended up buying

  • five rubber snakes ($2.30 USD),
  • two micro bottles of nail polish ($1.38 USD),
  • two balls of yarn ($3.08 USD),
  • a compass ($1 USD),
  • two lovely, beaded bracelets ($6.16 USD),
  • four confetti eggs (hollowed-out egg shells filled with confetti that you crack over someone’s head on festive occasions) for a peso each,
  • a slinky ($.25 USD),
  • and a pack of incense sticks ($.80 USD).

I bought

  • a quart of fresh raspberries ($1.15 USD),
  • a pint of fresh coconut juice ($1.15 USD),
  • some artisan sausages Scout wanted ($4.62 USD),
  • and a hand-made, witchy-type broom Scout had her eye on for Halloween.

In exchange for the broom, Scout agreed to forgo a Halloween shopping expedition to “various craft stores around Guadalajara.” (Hmm, let’s see now. Five bucks to avoid an all-day trip sourcing plastic googly eyes and orange glitter in Mexico’s 2nd most-populous city. I need to think about….SOLD!)

Here’s what our afternoon looked like.

Scenic market shots. Local flavor. Yada yada yada…


Guess which type of broom Scout wanted for Halloween.

Confetti eggs


Selecting incense


Sorry honey, not this one.


Choosing bracelets. I think at this point she had it narrowed down to about eight…


Honeycomb and fresh honey being sold out of a wheelbarrow


Birds and carpets, an obvious pairing…


I’d never seen cardinals before. Lovely!

 And that’s the Ajijic farmers market. Adios!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tom Medsger October 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Great pictures! Thank you. When I was in Ajijic, I don’t remember anything like this. Must not have been market day. I did buy a length of woven fabric, fresh off the loom.

Also good to see a photo of Scout, or several. I was going to ask if any of you spoke Spanish. I speak a little, and will hit the books (and tapes) in earnest, preparing for my trip to Querétaro in February. And yes, we will be staying at the Hotel Hidalgo in the Centro Historico, on Madero. I hope we can get together there at some point February 16 and/or 17, 2003. Details to come.

Cheers! Tom Medsger


2 Mark October 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

Glad you like the photos. Apparently, this shady little market is just perfect for a leisurely stroll. For more intense shopping, there is the nearby Chapala market on Mondays. It’s larger and has more selection, especially for food.

Renee y Scouts están haciendo bien con su español. Todavía estoy luchando. Tal vez vamos a ir a verte en Querétaro. La ciudad está a sólo 4 horas de distancia. Mantenernos informados.


3 Living Outside of the Box October 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Such beautiful photos! I do like how shaded the Ajijic market is…and it is just so different than Chapala!!

BTW…if you want to know the mother-of-all-craft-shops…there is one in Chapala! If you go to Chapala and turn left on the main road (turning right would take you to the malecon), then you’re heading up towards the Monday market. Take a right at the bus station and pass the bus station. On the next major corner on the right is a place that has “tela” in the name, I believe (fabric). They have a little bit of EVERYTHING…it’s ridiculous! (and ridiculously cheap)

I know maybe you didn’t want to know that. But maybe you did?!! 😉
Oh, and Papaleria Hidalgo (on Hidalgo street in Ajijic) is a hole-in-the-wall papeleria that has been there for 20+ years, and therefore has EVERYTHING hidden in every nook and cranny (not to mention the nicest owner)!! If you are heading down towards the lake on Colon, take a right on Hidalgo (where Bancomer is on the corner), and go only one block down. Enjoy!
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4 Renee October 30, 2012 at 8:12 am

Excellent info, thanks. Not sure if I should tell Scout though. I might live to regret it!


5 Jenn October 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I love it!! Great pics. 🙂


6 Renee October 30, 2012 at 8:11 am

Thanks, Jenn. We miss you guys!


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