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Weekend outdoor market going strong at Pajaro Valley High

Posted: Sunday, Dec 30th, 2012

A worker from Jose's Produce slices open a jackfruit Sunday during El Mercado Popular at Pajaro Valley High School. (Photo by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE—Sundays in Watsonville are the day when families take time off to spend time with each other, relishing in a day free from work.

El Mercado Popular, the weekend outdoor market at Pajaro Valley High School, have been providing Watsonville families with a fun day out filled with prepared food vendors, a farmers market and flea market and live entertainment since 2011.

While the market was not as bustling the last Sunday of the year as it is usually, due to many families making their annual trip to Mexico, the market still had many cool deals, good eats and fun treats for visitors.

Vendor Mike – who didn’t want to provide his last name – said the Christmas season has been really good for business – he has sold a lot of blankets and on Sunday, a steady stream of potential customers inquired about the hi-fi equipment that packed his stall.

While shoppers hunted for post-Christmas bargains, a group of parents nearby pulled out their videophones to record their children riding motorized stuffed animals.

On the restaurant side of the market, El Milagro from Seaside, which specializes in dishes from Oaxaca, Mex., was feeding hungry clientele regional dishes like Tlayuda Mixta – a pizza like dish with a crispy handmade tortilla packed full with seasoned pork, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado and shredded cheese.

El Milagro, which along with a restaurant operates a store selling Latino foodstuffs in Seaside, gets good business at the market, according to manager Moises Tienda, and looks forward to a new year cooking up more tasty dishes such as empanadas, quesadillas, tacos and different types of mole – a Oaxacan specialty.

The Pajaro Valley High School Outdoor Market is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free on Saturdays, and costs $1.50 per person, or $5 for a full vehicle on Sundays.

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