A Tour of the Farmers Market in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica


On the last few days of my trip to Costa Rica, I was in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

Populated by many European and American ex-pats, Puerto Viejo is a really cool surfing town on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

As someone who is always looking for organic food, it was no exception when I was in Puerto Viejo. I was told that the farmers market each Saturday sells organic food, so I stopped by to take a look around.

In this video, I’ll show you what I found and give you an overview of the organic food situation in Costa Rica.


  • Monique says:

    I’m half Costa Rican and in the past 10 years when I visit, I have seen the general population gain weight drastically. I attributed it to the vast influx of assorted American fast food chains, but never took into consideration the introduction of pesticides, hormones, and GMOs. Truly makes sense. I will say that this farmer’s market is a beautiful force of healthy commerce. I am disappointed to see the heavy reliance on plastic as containers and packaging, not only for ecology but mainly for the toxins that can seep into the foods.

    Thank you for sharing this and the enlightenment.
    Pura Vida

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Monique,

      Unfortunately, I saw many overweight people there. Not obese like the U.S. but overweight. The GMOs, fast food, and pesticides all contribute to it.

      What was surprising to me was the commitment to conserve water and recycle plastics on the one hand yet a real lack of organic food. This means everything is getting sprayed with RoundUp, which pollutes the water. Organic food needs to be viewed as just as important for the environment as recycling.

      However, I also heard the young people are really rebelling against this and are demanding change – a very good thing.

      Thanks for your feedback!

      Pura Vida,

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