Every Thursday, I attend the farmer's market in Daley Plaza in the Loop. Earlier last week, I (very easily) convinced a co-worker to come with me to shop for veggies and more on our lunch break. My co-worker is a real trooper - even in the pouring rain without umbrellas - we did not let the storm ruin our quest for delicious food.
Each week while the downtown Farmer's Market is in session (click here for the calendar), I am going to spotlight a different vendor. First up is Salsas Vallartas!
Salsas Vallartas sells salsa (of course), guacamole and hummus. Their products are all natural with no preservatives - which quickly sets it apart from the supermarket varieties! Give me all natural products any day! I spoke with Eliza from Salsas Vallartas - the only product I needed to avoid as someone who is gluten and dairy free was the Spinach and Feta Cheese - it obviously contains cheese. That is actually one of her favorite types of hummus - and actually the product that sets them apart from other hummus makers. Dairy lovers - check it out! Her other two favorites are Cilantro and Jalapeno ("goes well with tortilla chips and beer") and Three Peppers - "The fusion of the three peppers keeps it smoky - medium - not over the top."
recipes come from his family - great-great-great grandma, actually! They use very authentic ways of cooking. Salsas Vallartas is bringing big taste with their products to the community while still maintaining a small-town feel in this bustling city. Everything is made in a small kitchen in Lincoln Park. In addition to the Daley Plaza farmer's market, they attend others as well, such as the one at Clark & Division.
It's fairly easy to incorporate hummus into your diet - use it on wraps, with chips, with veggies and more! Uses salsas with omelets or as marinades. Couldn't be easier!
I tried a few varieties of their salsas and hummus. Everything was very tasty - after deciding between many tasty options, I ended up buying their lemon hummus. The hummus and salsa are $5.00 a tub. It seems like a lot of money, but the quantity is easily two or three times the supermarket varieties with more flavor, quality, and natural ingredients. The hummus lasts for about a week and a half - everything is labeled with the "best by" date. Check them out at the next Farmer's Market! (Note: the chips they use for sampling are labeled "gluten free" on the bag. Win!)
And as for my co-worker who weathered the storms with me? She bought hummus as well and introduced her family to something tasty that they now love. (And we got drenched in the rain.)