The nights are getting colder and there’s less work in the field- the seasons are definitely changing. Hopefully farmers are starting to get much needed rest after a bountiful harvest this season. As for our little market, it’s time to close up shop and call it another great season (the 5th one!) Of course we’re going out in a bang and having a big Day of the Dead celebration.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.
And we’re going to follow these traditions! We’ll have sugar skulls that were made by members of the community and marigolds to dedicate to loved ones. We’ll have a community altar that anyone and everyone can come and put a photo or an item representing someone you would like to be remembered and honored. We’ll be serving pan muerto and hot chocolate as well.
Accompanying the altar we’re going to have a labyrinth. The labyrinth is dedicated to the people who have lost their life in attempt to cross a border in order to improve their life and the lives of their loved ones. We invite you to come and walk through and hear the history behind this great holiday.
In addition to the altar, labyrinth, and the celebration- there will also be vendors ! Blue House Farm, Fly Girl Farm, Farmageddon, Left Coast Grass Fed, and Open Eye Creations will be setting up one last time here in Pescadero to sell their product to you. For this late in the season, there is still plenty of variety to be bought!!
DJ Larry Trujillo will be providing the tunes at our last market. He takes requests so if there is a favorite song of someone who has passed in your life- if he has it he’ll play it!
It has been a pleasure setting up shop for you all every Thursday for the last five months. The market’s not even over yet and I miss you all already. Make sure to make it this Thursday and don’t forget to bring photos of the people we want to remember.
Stay warm and see you Thursday.
your faithful market manager.