By Nicole Holliday
Board member, Del Mar Farmers Market
When shopping at the Farmers Market in Del Mar, buyers are not only purchasing the freshest local produce, flowers and prepared foods, but 0.6 percent out of every dollar generated goes back to the community. Del Mar is the only farmers market in the county to donate 100 percent of net profits to charity supporting education, the library and environmental conservancy.
The Del Mar Farmers Market has donated nearly $200,000 since the inception in 1987.
"There are other generous organizations in Del Mar making important contributions, but not many people know that the Farmer's Market is completely self sustaining — we do not receive any funding from the city or community foundations," said Barbara Anderson, board president.
A few past beneficiaries include: educational scholarships for the children and grandchildren of farmers who work at the market; funds for the purchase, repair and furnishings of the Del Mar Library; the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy; Del Mar Community Connections and the Community Resource Center.
Whether it is fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, tasty tamales or delicious chocolates you desire, make Del Mar Farmers Market part of your weekly routine. You will support local growers and give back to the community.
The Del Mar Farmers Market operates Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m., at the lower Del Mar City Hall parking lot, 1050 Camino del Mar.