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Farmers markets at your doorstep

When Deborah and I lived in San Francisco, we spent every Saturday morning shopping at the farmers market at the Ferry Building. We had our favorite go-to vendors for meat, fish, cheeses, heirloom tomatoes, green and purple okra – you name it. During our many years here in Cuenca we’ve enjoyed having similar go-to favorite vendors at Feria Libre for fish, fruit, veggies, eggs, nuts, herbs, etc., as well as at the rotating Saturday morning markets at Tutto Matto, CIDAP, and elsewhere.

The experiences in both cities have been very reminiscent of the wonderful food shopping opportunities in Spain (and the rest of Europe), such as the Mercado de La Boqueria in Barcelona and Mercat Central in València.

Fortunately, sheltering at home during the pandemic has not eliminated such opportunities. This is a quick list of our favorite vendors for delivering gourmet items to our doorstep. This is obviously only a fraction of the many vendors to choose from, and hopefully GringoPost commentators will add their favorites to the list. The intent is simply to encourage anyone who is not yet taking advantage of these opportunities to do so. Such excellent foodstuffs, and home delivery is so convenient.

• Luis at Luvimer (, 099 439 6619, for fish, cheese, sausages, nuts, coffee, Portuguese wine, etc.
• Lenny at Cuenca Salmon (, for fish, Uruguay steaks, coffee, etc.
• Rob at Gran Roca (, for organic veggies, eggs, chicken, pork, etc.
• Maria (, 098 096 5616) for Polish sausages.
• The Blue Biker ( for fresh blue berries.
• Marcelo at El Tokte (, 099 807 9999 for a huge selection of: organic mixed greens, veggies, and fruits; baked goods (best sourdough bread this side of Boudin’s in San Francisco!), jams, dairy products; nuts and seeds (more than 20), and superfoods (more than 30, e.g., turmeric, moringa, coconut oil). Bonus points: for a modest fee, Marcelo also does our grocery shopping at Supermaxi/Coral for everything else we need.
• Sole at La Yunta (layuntatiendaycocina@gmail, 098 945 6551, for thick porkchops, to say nothing of her extensive menu of prepared meals when one doesn’t feel like cooking.

By the way, speaking of letting someone else do the cooking, again everyone will have their own favorites but we most consistently go with Deb and Dawn at Double D’s Delights (, 096 802 2874, and Debby at Bone-ito’s (, 096 322 3377,

Bon Appétit,

Gil Castle