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Del Mar Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., City Hall parking lot. Purchase fresh, locally grown produce, flowers, eggs, seafood, breads and many other products.

 

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If you haven’t been to the De Mar Farmers Market in a while you are missing a revitalization that will make the market a weekly must shop.

The Farmers Market Board of Volunteers, along with a new market manager have been applying their efforts to ensure that Del Mar’s market remains relevant to residents and others who see the market as a source for organic and seasonally fresh food from certified vendors.

As a non-profit organization the Farmers Market Board contributes more to the community than physical nourishment. It also provides funding for important local organizations. In 2011 the Board has contributed over $5000 to projects such as: the new Lifeguard Center; Del Mar Community Connections; San Diego River Valley Conservancy; and, the Del Mar library.

Operating such a successful weekly market is no easy task given the recent new farmers markets that exploded onto the scene in the past few years (Rancho Santa Fe) and as recently as the past few months (Flower Hill). The new markets add a bit of vendor competition and scheduling conflicts while also enticing vendors to the view the coastal markets as new areas to present their products.

Add all of this activity to the possibility of the village losing Harvest Ranch its only regular full time market and you can conclude that the fresh food retail environment in Del Mar will be seeing a number of experiments and changes in a scramble to meet the daily needs and culinary food products of village and nearby residents.

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Another potential addition to the market mix is the possibility that the Del Mar Village Association may enter into the farmers market business with a Thursday evening market located in the center of the village. Although sounding competitive the DMVA market may be a welcome mid-week venue that is a complement to the Saturday market.

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To ensure the non-profit Del Mar farmers market remains a viable and innovative venue presented in the traditions of the Del Mar community - be sure to make the Saturday market a weekly stop to fill your frig and pantry. You’ll be surprised at what you find!

 

 
 

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