Mouthwatering aromas of chili powder and warm corn waft from a 10-by-20-foot tent, which doubles as a reggaeton dance party for dozens of customers in line at a time — Rosa’s Tamales is hard to miss.

The family-owned food stand has dominated the People’s Market and Saturday Farmer’s Market on Town Square since 2015, a Jackson staple for authentic Mexican tamales and spicy, sliced mango and watermelon.

Contact Miranda de Moraes at 732-7071 or

Raised in a Brazilian-American household in Southern California, Miranda is fascinated by the intersection of culture and ecology. She holds a master’s in journalism from Columbia and is searching for jackalopes in her free time.

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