TOSMA: Street Market, Natural, Handcrafted, Local, and Organic
By Sandra Ríos
TOSMA is a place where people can go to buy good quality products, enjoy a variety of national and international cuisine, eat breakfast and meet friends, listen to live music, and spend a very pleasant morning. This is also the place to buy products handmade by the producers.
“Impulso Verde” is the organization that administers TOSMA. Luis Suárez, coordinator of the certification committee, says that TOSMA is part of the “Red Mexicana de Mercados Orgánicos y Tianguis” (Mexican Network of Organic Markets and Tianguis) at the national level. This is a market of natural products, artisanal, local, and organic. They currently have 86 producers offering their products. They recently provided a space for La Biblioteca, since from the beginning one of its objectives has been to support NGOs, and thus support the San Miguel community. If any other organization in Mexico wants to develop or promote something, TOSMA is open to supporting it, provided that the organization complies with the guidelines of quality and accuracy in their products. There are NGOs involved in the Tianguis and pay no rent for space, while others engaged in business pay a lower cost for space.
Yolanda Millan, president of “Impulso Verde” said, “For us it is very important to support all fellow producers, processors, and artisans, that they can have a meeting place and sell their products directly to consumers. This is very important to us.”
On Saturday, November 1 (All Saints Day), they will celebrate by installing an altar and inviting people to assist with assembly from 9am to 10:30am. They will have makeup of calaveritas for the kids and an inorganic cemetery to raise awareness. Also, for the “Calaveras Literary Contest” they are inviting submission of writings to its Facebook page, website, or to be left at the tianguis cash register. In the end they will make a selection of the best literary skulls and give rewards on Saturday November 8, ofbaskets of flea market products.
On November 20, they will also celebrate the Mexican Revolution and the market will be donning Revolution decorations in each of the posts, and as part of the Green Revolution.
TOSMA is managed by Yolanda Millan, president of Impulso Verde; Miguel Ángel Muñoz, secretary; Luis Suarez, coordinating the Certification Committee; Rodolfo Renteria, Coordinator of promotion and special events; Cesar Vargas, Treasurer; and Luc Monzies, Production Commission.
Ancha de San Antonio 32, corner El Cardo, Centro.
Open every Saturday of the year from 9am to 3pm.
The offices are located on Calzada de la Luz 42, Colonia Centro.
Tel. 415 152-2469 Monday to Friday from 9:30am to1pm.