5 Reviews

First Review by tortillasandtea

market with lots of vegan vendors - Edit

The Féria Verde is open Saturday mornings from 7 am to 12:30. They promote organic and sustainable farmers and businesses. There were lots of fruits vegetables and prepared foods available. There were many places to buy lunch or breakfast and tables to eat at. Though the market wasn't all vegetarian there were plenty of things available for vegans including vegan cheeses, vegan entrees, vegan breads and popsicles. We tried a vegan sandwich that had corn tortillas stuffed with beans salsa and avocado that were outstanding.
Travel books often give San Jose a bad wrap but there are some really amazing things to do here and this market was a highlight.
It's a little bit hard to find
The GPS coordinates are 9°56'24"N 84°4'5"W. you can also just search Feria Verde de Aranjuez in google maps and it will take you to the right place.

Pros: vegan cheese, lots to eat and seating, live music

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Go for the produce, stay for the best breakfast in town - Edit

The feria verde is a small organic farmers market open on Saturdays in Aranjuez. It's small but super varied, so you can get most anything you need, along with some interesting, not so common fruits and veggies. Everyone is friendly and gracious. Do get there early if you plan on doing your produce shopping though, because supplies go fast. There are also small stands with jewelry, clothing and other trinkets. Sometimes there is a stand for Fauna, which is an animal shelter that will have some of their recent rescues there, available for adoption.

The food in the "food court" area is fantastic. A little pricey but definitely worth it. You can't beat a breakfast at this fair on a Saturday. Highlights for me are just about anything from Cumpanis - falafel sliders, dark chocolate cupcakes, grilled cheese sandwiches - it's all delicious. The coffee at Taza Amarilla is also a stand out.

Just about all of the food is vegetarian or vegan. A few stands have poultry or fish, but it's the minimum. Veggie fare is the star here.

Pros: Variety of fruits and vegetables, Great food stands, Friendly people

Cons: A little pricey, Long lines if you don't get there early, Items sell out fast, so get there early

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Best Thing to Do on a Saturday Morning - Edit

Though I don't live in the San Jose area, whenever I find myself there, I try to time it to visit Feria Verde. It is a lovely collection of characters and wonderful products, most of them made by the sellers themselves. It is a great source for seasonal organic fruits and veggies, and sometimes you find things there that you have never tried before. The cheeses are great! There are food vendors making breakfast, coffees, smoothies, and raw foods, plus the typical Costa Rican breakfast foods in the pavilion. Artisans and musicians are there as well. It's a great place to arrange to meet someone, and a great place to network in the conscious community of Costa Rica. Tao www.samaritanxocolata.com

Pros: great products, lovely people to network with, conscious on all levels

Cons: sometimes it rains, some things are quite expensive, parking is sometimes an issue

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Gold mine! - Edit

WE went for the first time to this market today! It is a must for any healthy-minded person and for anyone wanting to eat better! It has everything organic. There are many unusual fruits and vegetables. WE FOUND LOTS OF KALE!! You have to make this a regular Saturday visit!!!

Pros: organic, lots of prepared foods, very friendly

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Great Organic market! - Edit

Spent the morning at this market with my daughter. There is a large selection of divine produce and found some items I had been looking for and couldn't find in other places (tomate de arbol, edible flowers). The vendors were all very friendly and in general the atmosphere was a happy one. A good place to plan on having a bite to eat as well...many yummy stalls from Bolivian peanut soup and falafel sandwiches to fresh coconuts and excellent coffee and all sorts of artesan breads, pastries, etc. I am so thrilled to know about this place and will be back!

My only tip is that the map shown on Happy Cow does not indicate the correct location of this market. The actual address is spot on but if you are a foreigner and need to look at a map to figure out where you are going the Polideportivo Aranjuez is on googlemaps and the market is right there. Also there is parking available.

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