Sunday In The Park

Yup, another market in San Jose
BY: MADELINE GROVE

San Jose has its fair share of markets, and now we can add another one to the list. The Kermes Market is open from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. on Sundays. It’s located right inside the Wirikuta cactus garden, which is just off the roundabout as you’re coming from San Jose, off of the bridge into Puerto Los Cabos and the small fishing village La Playita. It will be on your right, 3:00 on the roundabout

The market is designed “so families can come here to have a relaxing Sunday experience, to get away from everyday stressful activities, and get a breath of fresh air,” according to Eduardo Ramirez, the Wirikuta coordinator.

Since Kermes is a newer market, it’s still relatively small. There are just about half a dozen stands selling hand-crafted trinkets and jewelry. But there is plenty of food available! The market offers a buffet and cocktail bar, along with a ceviche stand, a barbecue food truck, organic pizza and a snack stand.

Though it’s small, Kermes has a nice atmosphere. There are long wooden tables under white tents where you can sit and enjoy your food. Some people bring their own blankets to sit on the grass.

As you sit, you can hear the giggles of little children playing and the chatter of adults enjoying a refreshing beverage and food, along with the festive background music that’s played through speakers.’ll probably see a dog or two running around as well, since pets are welcomed at the market. (Watch your step, have you ever seen a Mexican pick up dog poop?)

“I like Kermes because it has a calm atmosphere,” said one visitor we talked to. “It’s clean, safe, there is wide variety of delicious food, and it’s a great place to hang out with your family.”

Since this market is newer, not many people know about it yet. Mostly Mexican families have been visiting, but it’s open to everyone. It is slowly growing into a nice place to spend your Sunday, so stop by next weekend and check it out.

And stop by Wirikuta on Wednesday nights and you can see the Wirikuta show. It’s $70 USD, and it’s pretty amazing. It’s kind of a cross between Indian dances and Cirque du Soleil. The costumes and lighting are gorgeous, and the acrobats are seemingly made of rubber. Now they’re capitalizing on their beautiful grounds on Sunday, too.