Go local at Proyecto Paila’s “mercadito”

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Hydroponic lettuce, Panamanian “ají” (peppers) and limited edition products are a few of the things that to be discovered at El Mercadito.

Hydroponic lettuce, Panamanian “ají” (peppers) and limited edition products are a few of the things that to be discovered at El Mercadito.

Proyecto Paila, the non-profit organization whose mission is to promote local food, is hosting their next “El Mercadito” event on Sunday, August 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the restaurant, A Fuego Lento located in Obarrio. The group’s mainstay, the Farmer’s Market, will include many micro-producers with top-quality fruits and vegetables. Cooking demos will take place and food vendors will be selling all sorts of delicacies.

Proyecto Paila was founded in 2013 by five Panamanian chefs to “preserve the cultural legacy of Panama’s food for future generations.” The group raises funds in order to create opportunities for local producers by providing a venue for the sale of products and through various educational initiatives. In its first year the organization has attracted volunteers comprising marketing, design, law, teaching and art professionals.

Through social media (Facebook.com/proyectopaila), the group shares information about its events and provides consumers tips on how to “go local.”

To attend the market costs $3. For more information, visit ProyectoPaila.org.

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