Visit to Organic Avocado Farm and Packing House in Michoacán, Mexico

Part 2: Breakfast at Rinconcito

by Keith Agoada

Map of Mexico showing Michoacán
Michoacán, Mexico

After completing our visit to the packing facility Leonel expressed his desire to have a proper breakfast before visiting his mom's farm. Apparently the tacos and orange juice didn't fulfill Leonel's appetite. I usually start my day with juice, some fruit, or perhaps a smoothie. So the big Mexican breakfast is a bit outside of my routine. However, I am always mentally, and sometimes physically prepared for my visits to Michoacán. I love Mexican food!

Being the wonderful host he is, Leonel asked me if I wanted to go to Rinconcito for breakfast, probably my favorite restaurant in all of Mexico. Rinconcito is a casual sit down family restaurant that is very well known in Uruapan. It is owned by an avocado grower, and they are known for their molcajete. Instead of bread and butter to start the meal, they provided us with fresh tortillas, avocado, and hot sauce.

For this trip to Mexico, for the first time I can remember I shaved my face and left a thick mustache. I figured I could get a laugh out of Leonel and his associates, and perhaps even gain some respect for a respectable mustache.

After downing some fresh carrot juice, and eating some sautéed local veggies with tortillas, pico de gallo salsa, and more avocado, Leonel's oldest son, Leonel, joined us at the restaurant. Leonel Jr is also an avocado farmer and manufacturer of organic fertilizers which he sells to his family's farms and other growers in the region. Leonel Jr showed up and talked business with his dad for a bit.

It's taken four years of working with Leonel to be able to understand well his dialect of Spanish. Some of my Colombian and Panamanian friends who know Leonel have trouble understanding his Spanish, so I definitely tap myself on the back for being a gringo who can communicate well with rural farmers from Michoacán!

Leonel Jr. surprised me with a special gift after the breakfast. He presented me with some "Miel de Aguacate" or "Avocado Honey." Basically, it's honey that has been collected from bee hives at the avocado farm, and has a unique flavor that has some avocado notes.

Part 1: Leonel and the Packing House
by Keith Agoada

In August I had the privilege of spending three days in Michoacán, Mexico visiting with Leonel Chavez, Owner and CEO of Michoacan Organics an export wholesaler dedicated to organic avocado supply chain and sales to the United States.

Leonel is a pioneer in organic avocados in Mexico with more than 20 years experience grow

 
Part 3: Maria's Organic Avocado Farm
by Keith Agoada

In many ways I regard Maria as the mother of organic avocado farming in Mexico, and deservedly so. She is the mother of 11 kids who all grow avocados, and now she has grandkids that are growing organic avocados.

She raised her family on a self sufficient family farm in rural Michoacán, Mexico. Everything was grown for fam

 
Part 4: Leonel's Farm
by Keith Agoada

As a final stop on my visit to Michoacán, Leonel brought me to his farm. This was the first farm that Leonel converted from conventional practices and certified organic.

He explains to me that he was born an organic farmer. Growing up in rural Mexico with his Mom, Dad, and 10 brothers and sisters, there were no chemicals.