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Market Mensas
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive

Left to right: Clarissa Wang, Fabian Huertas, May Nou Nhiayi.
Photo Leslie Robson.
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The Del Mar Farmers Market maintains a tradition of awarding scholarships to qualified vendors, their children and grandchildren, with the requirement that the student work part or full time at the market. At the time of its founding in 1986 it was determined that, as a non-profit organization, any profits after expenses would be devoted to civic and educational purposes. The scholarship program was established in memory of an early market farmer manager, Mary Maciel, and has given over 100 grants.

This year three scholarships were awarded. Qing Wang, known as Clarissa at the market, with her husband, Ray, started a farming business in 2004. They have grown about 2000 different fruit trees since then. They also raise turkeys and chickens for eggs, and offer a variety of greens at Rays Subtropical at the market. With so many exotic produce items, Clarissa and Ray always can report on the nutritional value of each item and suggest ways to prepare it. When Ray had a medical emergency recently, Clarissa was so inspired by the care the nurses and physicians provided, that she decided to apply to nursing school at Mt. San Jacinto College. “I have been pretty busy working at our farm and taking care of our son, Dillon. In two years he will go to college. I will have extra time, so studying on the weekdays while working with my husband at the Del Mar Farmers Market on Saturday is a perfect match.”

Nursing is the goal for another recipient, May Nou Nhiyi. May Nou helps her father, Neng, at the French Bakery Le Rendez-Vous, selling breads, pastries and desserts. Her interest in nursing is rooted in a sense of caring for her family. “It’ll be a new experience for me. I chose nursing because I could learn how to make people feel better and about which treatments they need.” May Nou is attending MIra Costa College.

A repeat recipient of a DMFM educational scholarship, Fabian Huertas, is the market manager (Sandpiper Feb 2017). He is studying Business Marketing at Cal State San Marcos. A Dean’s list student, graduating in Spring of 2018, Fabian’s goals for the market are to make it an appealing destination for all, “to create a beautiful atmosphere” at the current location at the Shores and soon at the new Del Mar City Hall.

The second oldest market in the county, DMFM donates 100% of net profits to support not only the educational goals of the vendors, but also other Del Mar non-profit groups. So remember, when you shop at the DMFM, you will be getting more than beautiful flowers and local produce, you will be helping the market give back to the community. Saturdays 1 - 4 PM, at 225 9th Street.





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