Donna's Tamales | CUESA

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market »

OPEN! Sat 8am–2pm | Tue & Thu 10am–2pm

Mission Community Market »

OPEN! Thu 3pm-7pm

Donna's Tamales

Market Days





Nawid Rahimi, along with 3 full-time and 5 part-time employees


Donna’s Tamales was originally founded by Donna Eichhorn and Shirley Virgil, and Nawid Rahimi took over the operation in 2017. Donna’s Tamales is inspired by California’s fresh ingredients and Latin influences. Their corn masa is ground fresh daily and mixed with California olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. They believe in providing vegetarian options as a way to reduce the customers’ carbon footprint.


Donna’s sources organic ingredients within a hundred mile radius whenever possible. Some ingredients are purchased directly from farmers (many of whom participate in the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market) and others are purchased through distributors that source locally and internationally. Their cheese is from an organic dairy; white corn for masa is grown organically; beans are organically grown in Sacramento and Fresno; and tortillas for burritos are made by a local family-owned company. Sciabica and Sons provides their olive oil (a blend of three Mission olives grown within 150 miles).

Fun Fact

Donna’s Tamales donates regularly to schools and animal rights organizations, and supports forward-thinking organizations like Bioneers.


Petaluma, California


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »