Learn, enjoy, taste € the Casa-Museo del Campesino an autochthonous market where experiential workshops are offered to enjoy an entertaining and particular family day
Can you imagine a Saturday morning, sitting in front of a coffee or a beer, in the very heart of the island? While you enjoy your moment of rest, your children perform workshops as fun as cochineal dye, pottery, learn to make rosettes or make aromatic salts for a reduced cost of just 3 euros per person. The possibility of enjoying such a different morning is much closer than it might seem. In fact, it is in the Casa-Museo del Campesino, in San Bartolomé, where the Sustainable Autonomous Market has been launched.
Rosettes, ceramics, looms, hats, salts, cheese and wine tasting, making mojos and gofio kneading, learning all about cochineal and its possibilities, buy handmade gifts and return home with an important assortment of organic fruits and vegetables from the island … The possibilities are many and entertainment is assured. The price is unique, 3 euros for each workshop, whose duration ranges between 15 minutes and half an hour, depending on the activity and to say of the craftsmen themselves, the initiative is turning out to be quite good.
Cochineal, the miracle of color
Conchi García is the artisan in charge of the cochineal workshop and, around it, everything is color, fabrics, shirts, scarves … "I start telling you the story of the cochineal, where it comes from, how it is collected and how the dye is prepared, and then I make a sample with a plate , and we mix the mordant to create different shades, "he explains. "The experience lasts about twenty minutes, more or less, in the end, they paint themselves a postcard that they take as a souvenir".
Of course you can also buy some of the handkerchiefs, t-shirts and tinted garments made by Conchi herself. "Fortunately the initiative is working very well and the people leave happy".
Rosettes, tradition and fashion
Next to her is Macarena Arrocha who teaches, to those who join her workshop, the making of rosettes in the same way his grandmother and his mother did, from whom he learned. In their workshop, they discover that tradition is not at all at odds with modernity, since their rosettes are part of the designer Custo Dalmau's collection for the latest Lanzarote Fashion Weekend.
One of the busiest workshops is the ceramic, maybe because of what the mud of the island has to do with therapy and the work that is supposed to give it shape. The artisan Joaquín Reyes is in charge of it. "We offer several courses and experiences, these last about 30 minutes and cost only 3 euros, and involve a first contact with mud," he explains. "Children love them, many repeat".
Along with learning, Reyes explains the origin of the technique and reveals many of his tricks of master craftsman. "Not only do we give these workshops, it is also possible to do a more specialized course of up to an hour and a half, for ten euros, where it is possible to make a complete piece".
Of course, all the pieces on display are for sale and it is also possible to make orders to give as gifts.
Almogrotes and cheeses conejeros
Another of the most demanded experiences is the tasting of Lala volcanic malvasía jams and Tinajo cheese, a possibility that is causing real furor between tourists and residents. "Not only that, we also propose the realization of a workshop for making almogrote, also for three euros, with our cheeses, garlic, olive oil and pimenta", explains Mario Morales, from Tinache Cheese Factory. "The courses are for eight or nine people and, of course, they take home the almogrote and the recipe."
Learning to knit
A huge wooden loom, replica of an original traditional Canarian loom, occupies almost a complete stay. Together with him, Montse, head of the weaving workshop. "It lasts about 15 minutes and costs, like almost all, 3 euros, and consists of experimenting with a loom and making a tiny piece," he explains. "Above all, there are many children who are very curious because it is an art that is practically not practiced anymore, interestingly for them it is something new, I intend to start teaching longer courses in the evenings, for people who want to learn how to weave in the traditional Canarian way ".
Surrounded by soaps, salts and aromatic candles, Paolo Marzette, from the Mama Pepa soap company. "We give an experience of making aromatic salts, since to make a soap it would take much longer, but we offer the possibility of making aromatic salts, orange, cinnamon or aloe vera. a workshop of about twenty minutes that children love", she explains." The mothers leave us the children and they are going to have a drink in the cafeteria, it's the perfect plan, and then the children leave very happy with some salts they have made themselves ".
In addition, of course, you can buy salts, soaps, candles and even compact shampoos that are in sight.
Yolanda Torres teaches those who join their workshops to weave hearts of palm with the traditional technique of braiding hearts of palm. "Those attending the workshop, which lasts a half hour, often make a bookmark or a wristband, which is what gives time in half an hour, they decide what they want to do," he explains. "Many tourists come, but also people from the island, and families with children who enjoy a lot, I also offer traditional and modern headwear, which, of course, they can buy if they like it."
Headpieces, hats, hats and all kinds of ornaments with artificial flowers They occupy a large part of the shelves. It is not strange that many people, who already know Yolanda, go up to the market to commission designs for some event or celebration. Once again, it is demonstrated that the tradition is not at odds with fashion.
Workshop for making mojos and gofio
Nothing more original than returning from your holidays in Lanzarote knowing how to make your own mojos or gofio pellets. Estefanía González, responsible for teaching both workshops, knows it and turns both experiences into a fun time. "The two activities have a similar cost, three euros, and last more or less the same, fifteen or twenty minutes, when they finish they take home what they have prepared," he explains. "In the case of the kneading gofio workshop, it is made with gofio de la molina by José María Gil, usually of millet so that the celiacs can consume it, with water, sugar, raisins, oil and thousand of palm. We make it sweet because it's easier for tourists to try it that way the first time. "
"As for the mojos, we teach them how to make both green and red, we give them the recipe and, if they wish, they can buy a pack already prepared with all the ingredients so they can do it in their homes. The tourist is the protagonist of this workshop, but when he returns home, he will become the teacher for his friends and family. "
Cooking, tasting, enjoying
The options do not end there, Manuel Peláez, from Finca Tres Peñas, offers tomatoes, carrots, mangas, pomegranates, potatoes and oil from the island, all one hundred percent ecological, so you can return home with the purchase made. In addition, and in the meantime, you can enjoy a delicious juice or shake made right there with a variety of fruits and vegetables, or make a workshop to make Lanzarote dishes as good as rice with black canary pig, lentil stew or a salad and, Of course, taste your preparation, for only three euros. "We find it very interesting because, when tasting the elaborations, the public can already realize the quality of the product we offer," he says.
When you're finished coffee, beer or wine, sitting in front of the incredible landscape of La Geria, you see your children arrive with a clay bowl, a bookmark, a small pot of mojo, a bottle of salts or a rosette, satisfied and fun for the good time enjoyed. "Can we come back next week?"