Del Mar Farmers Market returns to City Hall
After two years at a temporary location, the Del Mar Farmers Market will return to its original home at the newly completed Civic Center at 1050 Camino Del Mar. The market will resume at the “new” old venue on Saturday, July 7 during regular market hours of 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The market has been operating just a block away at the Del Mar Shores Park on 9th Street since June, 2016. The market is very excited to continue its partnership with the City of Del Mar in utilizing the new facilities.
The Del Mar Farmers Market was created in 1986 by a group of citizens to help fill a void when the local grocery closed. The certified and nonprofit market has operated continually on City of Del Mar property since then and is the second oldest market in San Diego County, which has more than 40 markets occurring weekly at various locations. These founding board members saw the important link between supporting local famers by providing an opportunity to sell directly to the public and the desire of the community for freshly harvested produce. Market manager Fabian Huertas says, “My main concern is keeping our farmers from leaving our market, because they are truly the heart and soul of our existence.” Besides helping to buttress the local farming community, there is a bonus of being able to meet in a central location and enjoy an informal, weekly neighborhood gathering. This is still the central purpose of the Del Mar Farmers Market.
With two levels available and lots of parking underground, the new location provides a spectacular venue for this weekly event. Vendors will be located on both the Plaza Level on Camino Del Mar, and on the lower outside parking lot, connected by two stairways and an elevator. Vendors and patrons will have ample, easy parking space along with bike racks. The upper level will have lots of comfortable seating and spectacular ocean views. For the first time since the Del Mar Farmers Market was started, there will be non-food vendors and other craft/artisan offerings.
It is hoped that current, former and new shoppers will flock to the market and help invigorate this part of Camino Del Mar and get familiar with their new Civic Center. The market is grateful to continue serving as a great community asset and invites everyone to come and participate in this ongoing tradition.
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