Mark your calendar The market is closed Saturday May 4th Open Sunday May 5th.
Get ready for Cinco de Mayo at the market. It’s another great excuse to have wonderful Mexican food.

Mi Fiesta has a wide range of ready to heat and eat Mexican dishes. Be adventurous try some of their seasonal salsas. Chips, salsas, rice, beans, tortillas, enchiladas, tamales and there will be specials!

Alma’s Oilcloth and Chucherias will be at the special Sunday market. As well as her clever oil cloth designs, Alma also has wonderful paper decorations imported from Mexico, perfect party decorations for Cinco de Mayo or any festive party.

From Wikipedia “Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16

The Battle of Puebla was important for at least two reasons. Firstly, although considerably outnumbered, the Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army. “This battle was significant in that the 4,000 Mexican soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the well-equipped French army of 8,000 that had not been defeated for almost 50 years.” Secondly, it was significant in that, since the Battle of Puebla, no country in the Americas has subsequently been invaded by any other European military force”

It’s a good time to celebrate the wonderful contributions Mexico has made to the melting pot that is America.

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Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.    Wikipedia has much more

Alma’s Oilcloth and Chucherias has very traditional Mexican paper decorations.  Alma is at the Wednesday market with her family’s stand, the Sebastopol Berry Farm and at the Saturday market with her wonderful oilcloth designs and chuchuerias.

 

 

If you are thinking more new school check out Gandolf’s chocolate skulls.  Gandolph is at the Saturday market.  If you want to be the most popular house on the block for Halloween give out Gandolf”s Fine Chocolates – he has candy bars and small bags — perfect for Halloween.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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