When you get to know
Mexico's regional produce,
you begin a journey that goes beyond taste.
Learn about foods that heal.
Experience the ultimate in freshness.
Contribute to economic health of indigenous communities.
Participate in preserving heritage.
When you're a foreigner living in Mexico - an 'expat' - it can feel like there's a huge divide between you and the people of indigenous communities. And this is true... but we all benefit from seeking ways to shrink that divide.
Everyday food decisions hold significant power. When you make regional produce sold by indigenous vendors of your community part of your regular choices, it is a meaningful act: economically, socially, culturally and environmentally.
Each indigenous culture, its language, craft, traditional clothing and recipes... are interwoven with these foods that are grown, harvested, foraged and sold close to home.
Preserving native and regional foods is something we all can participate in... with pleasure.
But they're selling foods you don't know.
Great! We're here to learn!
You've come to the right place.
If you're saying "I'm not a cook", remember, we're all eaters!
When you explore the vegetables, fruits and herbs that people grow, forage and sell, you will start to see your experience of Mexico open up.... Markets will be your playground, you'll share food experiences with people you may not otherwise have met. And you'll experience flavors that connect you with an incredible history.
What to expect in this
Dig Deeper in Q&A Drop-Ins
These Zoom meetings complement your independent explorations with guidance from Margret and expert guests!
In Your Kitchen
Join Cook-alongs and learn simple, approachable preparations to help you integrate the Challenge ingredients into your daily meals.
Grow Your Perspective
Participate in monthly talks and presentations by enthusiasts and experts. Their insights, ideas and perspective will help you connect the dots.
The group supports the "Explorar y Probar" Challenges. Share your insights, learnings, questions and creations to inspire each other.
How to Participate.
A snapshot of OUR impact
- culture – edible and medicinal plants from each region are inseparable from every aspect of indigenous culture from craft traditions to traditional recipes to language – using them, but not demanding them in excess, is a healthy balance.
- community – In most pueblos daily life centres around small agricultural systems and practices like foraging. What is beyond the needs of the community is brought to towns and cities to be sold. Your exchange of pesos for these foods helps to keep those food-ways viable.
- the land we occupy – From the campo to the pueblos to the wider eco-system: regenerative agriculture, sustainability, climate change.... are important to us all.
Upcoming Talks + Cookalongs
July + August
JULY 8 at 4PM CENTRAL | LIVE ZOOM MEETING with Q&A
Edible Wild Mushrooms with Arif Towns Alonso of Simbiosis, San Miguel de Allende
Mexico has a great tradition and knowledge about the consumption of Edible Wild Mushrooms (Hongos Silvestres Comestibles)coming from pre-Hispanic times and it has the second greatest diversity of edible mushrooms in the world. Learn about the indigenous traditions around this important food of the rainy season.
JULY 18 (Time TBA)
CookAlong– Challenge ingredients
Erin Gomez Danielson - Merida, Yucatán
Get started on the Explorar y Probar Ingredient Challenge, then join the CookAlong! Here, you'll put "knives to knowledge" with simple recipes that ease you into using new foods.
What Frida Saw in Mexico's Regional Produce : Frida Kahlo's Still Life Paintings Suzanne Barbezat
Suzanne Barbezat, author of Frida Kahlo at Home and owner of Discover Oaxaca Tours takes us on a curated exploration of produce... as seen through the eyes of Frida Kahlo.
CookAlong– Challenge ingredients
Alicia Wilson Rivero - San Miguel de Allende
Every month we dig deeper into more Explorar y Probar Challenge ingredients in a CookAlong! Each time, expect simple recipes that ease you into using these new-to-you foods.
With the author of Eating NAFTA - Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico we dig deeper into the ways food policies impact culture and the ways we can impact those policies
Yes! When you join under this PWYC offer, and you find there are material changes in your budget (or you find more value than you expected!) you will be able to adjust your contribution as you need. If we change to a set monthly fee, you will have the choice to go to the set fee or stay with your preferred contribution amount.
While you see that some sites convert prices to your local or preferred currency, it's actually very messy to do when you are a small enterprise. All amounts are set in USD for ease of communication – its the home-banking currency for Frutas y Verduras and the currency all platforms I use here charge their fees in.
Yes. The amount you "pledged" will be charged each month. You can make changes to your account through your profile page.
Right away you get access to a community that's evolving. For this reason, there are no refunds. As your contribution is paid month-to-month, you can cancel and no further payments will come from your card/ Paypal account.
All will be recorded – replays may be available only for a limited time depending on the Guest Expert's restrictions. We will make sure you have minimum 48 hours to catch anything you missed.