It all started when a Girl Scout troop leader began selling homemade salsa outside their local church Sunday mornings. The first year, she sold 50 bottles; by the fourth year, she was up to 380 bottles. That’s when she and her husband realized there was a demand out there for their mango salsa. And that’s how 14 months ago, Maria and Alfredo Lopez started Bella Sol Foods.
What makes Bella Sol‘s salsas different from the rest is that they come in two uncommon variants: mild and medium-hot, instead of spicy or very spicy. Their angle is that it’s kid-friendly, and you can use it to wean children off sugar-laden ketchup. But it’s the adults that you actually see enjoying the salsa at the Larchmont Farmers Market every Sunday.
As for how salsa beat out ketchup to become the number-one popular condiment in America, it’s all thanks to chips! And Bella Sol offers three flavors of tortilla chips – Black Bean with Flaxseed, Black Bean Jalapeno with Flaxseed, and Yellow Corn. They are all gluten-free of course and go perfectly with the salsa.
Bella Sol‘s salsas and chips are now available at 16 Whole Foods stores in the Los Angeles area. Moreover, you can see Alfredo at a different farmers market almost everyday. Catch him Sundays at the Larchmont Farmers Market between 9 am and 2 pm. He freely hands out samples!
For more information about Bella Sol‘s products, call (818) 653-1441.
AVAILABLE AT THESE WHOLE FOODS LOCATIONS:
Beverly Hills, El Segundo, Fairfax/Los Angeles, Glendale, Tustin/Jamboree, Long Beach, Pasadena Arroyo, Pasadena Hastings, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Santa Monica/Wilshire, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Venice, West Los Angeles, Woodland Hills
Larchmont Farmers Market, Sunday 9 am – 2 pm
205 South Larchmont
Manhattan Beach, Tuesday 11 am – 4 pm
1300 Morningside Drive
Hermosa Beach, Friday 11 am – 4 pm
2001 13th Street
Calabasas, Saturday 8 am – 1 pm
23504 Calabasas Road