New manager on board at Del Mar Farmers Market

Former Del Mar Farmers Market Manager Rita Meier and Ana Nieto. Nieto started Feb. 7 as the market’s new manager.
Former Del Mar Farmers Market Manager Rita Meier and Ana Nieto. Nieto started Feb. 7 as the market’s new manager.

Although Ana Nieto is the new manager of the Del Mar Farmers Market, she’s a familiar face. The Del Mar resident has frequented the market since moving to the community a year ago.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” said Nieto, whose official first day was Feb. 7. “The Del Mar Farmers Market is such an important part of the community.”

Originally from Madrid, Spain, Nieto most recently lived in Long Island, where she launched several farmers markets. One of the markets Nieto started was the Fair Foods Market in Sag Harbor, which she said is comparable to Del Mar’s, but not year-round.

“Ana is the perfect person for the job,” said Del Mar resident and former market manager Rita Meier, who headed the market for two years. “She’s very personable and has a lot of energy.”

Approaching its 30th anniversary, the Del Mar Farmers Market is one of the longest-running farmers markets in San Diego County.

Founded in 1986, the certified and nonprofit market operates year-round from 1-4 p.m. every Saturday in the Del Mar City Hall lower parking lot, just off Camino del Mar between 10th and 11th streets. The market offers more than 30 organic and pesticide-free fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meat and seafood vendors.

“We don’t really have a grocery store in walking distance,” said Nieto, who is also the founder of two health and wellness businesses. “This is the only grocery store we have downtown. The community has supported this market in a way that makes it continue and run smoothly.”

In addition to serving as the new manager of the Del Mar Farmers Market, Nieto is a nutrition specialist, dance instructor and theatrical producer.

After moving to the United States 20 years ago, Nieto, who holds a nursing degree, lived in New York City where she opened a personal training studio. She still works with some of her clients via Skype.

As the new manager, Nieto wants to widen the market’s weekly vendor selection. She also hopes to collaborate with local organizations and participate in community events.

“I’ve always been a fan of farmers markets and the local farming community,” she said. “It’s good to know where your food comes from. It’s all about health and wellness.”

For more about Nieto, visit turtleshellhealth.com.

For more about the Del Mar Farmers Market, visit www.delmarfarmersmarket.org.


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