Published On: Tue, Feb 18th, 2014

Follow up on Slow Food Market Article

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by Alejandro Azcarate

The Yucatan Times Content Manager

Last week The Yucatan Times published an interview that contained certain representations about Merida’s Slow Food Market in Garcia Gineres.  We have since discovered a number of inaccuracies in that article, and we would like to set the record straight by publishing the following retraction. The Merida Slow Food Market was founded by David Sterling of Los Dos Cooking School.  The following individuals are or have been members of the Slow Food Market Board:

  • Aliza Mizrahi, graduate of University of California at Berkeley
  • Christina Baker, Owner of Hacienda Xcanatun
  • Colleen Casey Leonard of Hacienda Petac
  • Elizabeth Dunkel, Pastry Chef
  • Lucy Medina, plant nursery owner
  • Mario Canul, Los Dos Cooking School
  • Monique Duval, Owner Monique’s Bakery

The Slow Food Market is modeled on the classic public market, a place where customers can buy food that is naturally grown, harvested, packed and marketed by the producers themselves.  Sellers have established a weekly platform for the sale of premier products of local farmers and organic food suppliers. Since the publication of the original article, we had the opportunity to chat with Gail Weaver, one of the organizers, who told us that Slow Food Market Board was uncomfortable with TYT’s representation that Yucatecan vendors were being excluded from the Slow Food Market.  We visited the Market for a first-hand look, where we observed the following:

  • In addition to Expats, a number of local vendors offer their products at the Slow Food Market.  The Yucatan Times regrets the suggestion in the original article that Yucatecan vendors were excluded from participating.
  • The reason potential vendors were excluded is strictly due to a lack of space.  The market is currently operating at full capacity, and new vendors can be accommodated only upon the departure of current vendors.
  • It is clear to this publishing house that more and more people are seeking healthy alternatives in their food consumption, and that market authorities of the city of Merida will have to find ways to accommodate the demand for what the Slow Food Market is offering today.

Again, The Yucatan Times regrets the inaccuracies in the original article, we are absolutely open to all voices and we are not afraid to admit mistakes and make the necessary assessments to amend imprecisions or errors on any of our articles, we hope this follow-up clears up any confusion on this matter. Comments regarding this issue are welcome below.

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  1. Glad to see a news organization post corrections.

  2. GB says:

    A newspaper must develop a relationship with its readers. As in any relationship, an issue that arises becomes less important than its recognition and taking the necessary steps towards resolution. Well done Times!

  3. Newzee says:

    Interesting how the armchair accusers come out of the woodwork to criticize at their first chance, and reversely are never around to support for a job well done. Is that the norm for the foreign community in Merida? Are they just that vicious? I hope not.

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