I was born in Phoenix Arizona and raised in South Phoenix. My father was born in Glendale, AZ and my mother was born in Chandler, AZ. My father worked in construction and in the fields in between construction jobs. During the summer of my high school years my father took me with him to work in the fields to pick grapes in the North Phoenix area. It turned out to be the best work experience I've ever had, although at the time I didn’t realize it or appreciate it. While we worked in the fields, Cesar Chavez and his group were on the hills north of where we worked, and Cesar shouted words to get us to stop working. I didn't understand at the time that Cesar Chavez was fighting for the rights of migrant farm workers, but once I learned I appreciated his efforts.
Three of my four grandparents came to Arizona from Mexico in the early 1900's. My maternal grandfather was born in Arizona in 1919.
My mother was and still is a very good cook and I learned most of my recipes from watching her cook. I started cooking at a young age and about 40 years ago I began writing down our family recipes so that I could pass them down to our next generations.
My grandkids showed an interest in cooking at a young age, and I'd invite them to participate in making tamales, tortillas and other dishes I grew up with. Upon my retirement from a local Utility Company my grandkids and I started talking about a Farmers Market salsa project for the experience and for fun. Food has always been a very important part of our family gatherings and salsa is always at the table when we have family meals even with our Thanksgiving Turkey! It's been fun watching my grandkids grow and learn to make team decisions, accept suggestions from our mentors, face challenges and to get their input on the entire process of setting up a small business to market our product.
How did we come up with the PrimoVardos Name? Primo means cousin in Spanish and Primo means first in English. "Vardos" is our family abbreviation for Alvarado's. My grandkids are the Alvarado cousins!
PrimoVardos Salsa Company wants to give back to our community that we are proud to be a part of. Each month we will decide which local agency to contribute a portion of our earnings to. Some of the agencies that we'd like to help are: The Phoenix Rescue Mission, St Mary's Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club in the Valley and the Rio Vista Center. We believe any amount we can donate will make a difference and we feel blessed to be able to help others who need a hand up!
Our purpose is to honor God in everything we do. From how we handle our business, to how we treat others, and how we carry out our normal everyday lives. We want others to see a difference in us which is Christ in us. We are thankful to live in this great country and to have this opportunity to make choices and to set up this small business to offer a part of our family recipes with our customers!
16 Ounce Container of Red Salsa is $10.00
8 Ounce Container of Red/Green salsa is $8.00
Can you smell the homemade flour tortillas?
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Saturday: 9am - 1pm during October - May
Saturday: 8am - 11am during June- September