Mercado Mayapán is an urban food and cultural empowerment enterprise based on Mexican cultural heritage and dedicated to developing food security within the low-income Hispanic community of El Paso by employing local residents and providing them on-the-job skills, serving as a retail center of affordable high quality food products, including operating as a certified SNAP vendor, and serving as a wholesale source of food products for neighborhood institutional consumers. In addition to its focus on fair food, Mercado Mayapan is also home of the Lum Metik Trading Company, and La Mujer Obrera’s cultural events programming.
Mayapán Farmers Market
La Mujer Obrera established the Mayapan Farmers Market in 2011 as part of an overall strategy to increase access to fresh, locally grown food for Chamizal neighborhood residents and the rest of the community. The Mayapan Farmers Market is a SNAP friendly farmers market that operates on a seasonal basis, from June through October of each year.
Mayapán Mobile Market
La Mujer Obrera piloted the Mayapan Mobile Market in San Elizario, Texas, during the 2012 farmers market season. Hosted by our sister organization, the Adults and Youth United Development Association, the SNAP-friendly Mayapan Mobile Market offered fresh, local produce on a weekly basis during July and August, 2012.
The women of AYUDA, Inc, in San Elizario,TX, are choosing a food access strategy that is fair, local & sustainable by hosting the Mayapán Mobile Market
Sustainable Urban Rural Collaborative (SURCO)
SURCO is a joint effort of La Mujer Obrera, Sin Fronteras Organizing Project and the Adult and Youth United Development Association to promote Food Sovereignty as a platform to reclaim our right to healthy and affordable food and to create dignified work opportunities for urban and rural people.