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Source: Sunset World

A local worker picks watermelon at Ethos Farm

A New Farm-to-Table Food Experience In The Riviera Maya

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Farmers in Mexico's Riviera Maya are quick to explain that the soil they till is not as rich in nutrients as they would like. In fact, this highly touristed strip of Caribbean coast along the Yucatan Peninsula, from resort-rich Cancun to the Mayan ruins of Tulum, is perched atop a massive limestone shelf and has relatively poor soil cover, except perhaps in jungle areas where there's a surface humus of organic debris.

But that hasn't slowed the growth of the Riviera Maya as a leading holiday destination in Mexico, or the consequently fast pace of development as more and more accommodations are built there. Instead, it has presented an increasingly nettlesome food-supply challenge to the large hotels, all-inclusive resorts, and restaurants for which the area is now well known, especially any that hope to tap into a rising interest in organic and farm-to-table eating experiences.