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502 – Alex from Caoba Farms (Sustainable Farmer, Restaurant Owner)

By November 5, 20212 Comments

Alex owns and runs Caoba Farms, just outside of Antigua, Guatemala. It’s a Farm-to-Table restaurant where the tables are literally ON the farm. Best food I had in my two months in Guatemala, hands down. We talked about how he got started (growing weed in CA, then selling lettuce to restaurants back in Guatemala), why Alex loves to experiment and learn about nurturing pants and animals, and why this knowledge is so important to share. I really enjoyed hanging with this guy.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Mistica,” by Orishas; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

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  • I giggled by the end of the podcast, thinking of how probably decided to stop bothering on how Alex kept banging the table 😛

    This was an interesting coincidental podcast, seeing how his business is based on catering prime organic produce to the elite restaurants of Antigua, and the latest political scandal in Mexico involved one of the top government officials in our government getting married, and celebrating an ultra lavish wedding at one of the most exclusive hotels in Antigua –because he probably thought that would get less attention from our media. It didn’t and our president got mad because he keeps admonishing public servants should live very austerely, so as a result the poor groom was ‘resigned’ before even enjoying his honey moon. Oh well…

    Alex also made me think of how devious this ‘organic’ labeling of products is –someone should probably do a documentary about that– and how many are willing to spend more money for the assurance that what they are consuming is ‘more natural’ and healthier, when in reality they are just paying for an illusion. Alas, the “buy local” advice he gives is VERY difficult to follow in a city like Mexico, where the closest thing to local farmers many of us have are the weekly street markets (“tianguis”).

  • It’s spooky how tuned in you are. Yes, I gave up. Tried to edit out some of the bumps in post, but could only get a few. Hope it wasn’t too annoying.

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