Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Market District!
National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15 in the United States. During this period, we honor the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans. Note:
• “Hispanic” refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country.
• “Latino/a or Latinx” refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America.
That said, this period is an excellent time to bring to the forefront all of the amazing Hispanic and Latin American foods that we celebrate every day with great reverence for the magnificent foods and flavors! Here are just a few of the products we adore.
Tia Lupita Sauces
Hector Saldivar’s mother was known affectionately as Tia Lupita ("Aunt Lupita" in Spanish). She always filled the family kitchen with the love, laughs and delicious foods. In Mexico, family recipes are valuable heirlooms carefully handed down from generation to generation. Tia perfected her family hot sauce to create a delightful balance of heat and flavor, coveted by anyone lucky enough to get a taste.
When Hector moved to San Francisco, Tia would ship him bottles to make certain he always had a taste of home. Hector shared these, and soon friends came knocking, looking for the next delivery. Too good to keep to himself, Hector asked for his mother's blessing to bottle the sauce for all to enjoy.
Named Tia Lupita to honor his mom and the legacy of the family recipe, the label bears Tia's likeness, paying homage to her trademark: wearing a curler on her head while she cooks to keep her bangs out of her eyes! We carry her Hot Sauce, her Chipotle Sauce and her Salsa Verde!
Siete Grain-Free Tortilla Chips & Mexican Cookies!
Siete actually has a really cool story that positions them as leaders in the grain-free, gluten-free, paleo, heritage inspired food world. Yes, that world. In response to a sister, Veronica, who was diagnosed with a series of auto-immune complications, they began making their favorite Tex-Mex foods suitable to maintaining a low-inflammation, grain-free diet — a diet that all seven siblings adopted.
Today, they are passionate about making and sharing real food, gathering together in authentic community, and advocating for healthier lifestyles among Latino families.
Over the past few months, they’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen, mixing almond flour, coconut oil, and avocado oil to bring you three different, delicious cookies that are all grain free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and non GMO. If you think this is exciting, just wait until you hear the flavors: Grain Free Mexican Chocolate, Grain Free Mexican Shortbread, and Grain Free Mexican Wedding Cookies. In addition to the cookies, we carry Siete grain-free Tortilla Chips in Sea Salt, Lime & Nacho!
La Banderita Authentic Mexican Meets Healthy Lifestyle Tortillas
La Banderita is part of Olé Mexican Foods founded by Mexican native Veronica Moreno, who began making and selling her family tortillas in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1988. She used traditional ingredients and techniques passed down to her through generations, never losing sight of the importance of creating great foods that bring families together at the table. And, it shows. She’s also kept up with new eating trends, taking her original recipe and transforming it to meet low-carb and low-sodium diets. We carry her original, traditional Flour Tortillas, her Low Carb Tortillas (get 5g of protein per serving and only 81 calories! And they are Whole Wheat and perfect for Keto Diet) and her Low-Sodium Tortillas with 60% less sodium than the leading brand!
Tucson Tamale—A Mexican Tradition!
Sherry Martin grew up in a loving, loud and large Mexican-American family that for years, handed down the family tamale recipe and tamalada (tamale-making party) tradition. According to Sherry, making tamales is a labor of love. There is always laughter, teasing, storytelling, kids running around — and, of course, lots of tamales!
Todd’s first tamale-making experience was in Sherry’s family home with 5 bushels of corn, 25 pounds of freshly roasted green chilies, 18 friends and family and 5 cases of beer. He was already in love with Sherry, and now, he was in love with making tamales.
In early 2008, Todd left his Fortune 500 job to help Sherry found Tucson Tamale, with an eye on healthier and cleaner ingredients. Today, this husband and wife team continue spreading the joy one handmade tamale at a time! Try these Martin family favorites: Pork, Cheese & Green Chili; Cheese & Green Chili; Black Bean & Corn; and Sausage & Cheese Breakfast Tamales!