Punto Verde Organic Market – Quality Not QuantityOrganic Buenos Aires staff
You wouldn’t know it on most days, but on Fridays and Saturdays this ordinary shopfront in Palermo transforms into a spectacular organic market known as Punto Verde.
I wasn’t sure what to expect the first time I walked in the door of this tiny space. However, the range of organic foods and products that Punto Verde offers is quite extraordinary. It really does throw weight to the term “quality over quantity”.
There were some very creative takes on organic food which was refreshing to see. We tried beetroot and carrot muffins, banana slices ($7 pesos) and apple and carob puddings ($5 pesos), chocolate sweetened with Stevia, ginger sweets, Yamani rice burgers ($15 pesos), and coconut, peanut and orange truffles ($5 pesos).
Also on offer were pizza made without flour or egg ($25 pesos), carrot and orange marmalade, oriental products made of tofu, such as humus ($26 pesos) and Kofta balls, cereal bars, tofu and carrot empanadas made with rice pastry, and rice pizza bases ($6 pesos), among many others.
It was also the first place that I have seen that offers the Naturcup, a menstruation cup used as an alternative to tampons that is free of chemicals and reduces waste. There were also feminine hygiene cloth products and ecological nappies on offer.
What can you buy at organic market Punto Verde?
- Organic fruit and vegetables
- Organic yoghurt, milk and cheeses
- Organic honey and jams
- Organic breads, cakes and muffins
- Organic grains
- Herbs and spices
- Organic tea and coffee
- Organic beauty products and essential oils
- Vegetarian empanadas, tarts, pizzas and burgers
- Organic wines and beers
- Organic and sugar-free chocolate
- Tofu products
- Ecological fertilizers and cleaning products
- Naturcup, feminine hygiene cloth products and reusable nappies
- Clothes, CDs, books and plants
- Candles and salt lamps
What is special about organic market Punto Verde?
There are definitely a number of reasons to choose Punto Verde over its larger competitor. The first is that it is not nearly as crowded, which can be a bit of a sore point for organic shoppers on a Saturday morning in particular at nearby Chacarita’s El Galpon organic market.
Also, you can buy your products from the venders and so don’t have to worry about the system of queuing to choose the products at each stall, queuing to pay at the cash register, and then queuing again at each stall to collect your produce.
Punto Verde also has a number of special events on offer most weekends. This ranges from live music out on the street, informative chats, cinema events, or do-it-yourself workshops, such as a recent workshop on how to make soap from recycled oil.
How to get there
The organic market Punto Verde is located at Avenida Dorrego 1429 in Palermo. It is six blocks walk from subway station Dorrego on Linea B. Alternatively the numbers 39, 93, 108, 111, 140, 151 and 168 buses will also take you there.
Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 7pm