Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive
With the demolition of the old City Hall in June 2016 the Farmers Market had to leave its home of 30 years at the old parking lot and decamp to Shores Park. The Del Mar Foundation and Del Mar Community Connections welcomed the Market “with open arms,” says Leslie Robson, President of DMFM, and have been “entirely supportive” during the two-year temporary relocation. And now that construction of the Civic Center is complete and moved into, the City Council has approved the return of the Market to its old but transformed site.
The Market’s first day at the new Civic Center will be Saturday, July 7, with regular market hours of 1pm to 4pm. The produce and prepared food vendors will mostly be located on the lower level outdoor parking area near 11th Street, while a mix of some new vendors and current vendors will be on the Plaza level on Camino Del Mar. The two levels are connected by a grand staircase on 11th and an elevator.
For the first time since the Farmers Market was started there will be non-food vendors. The Market will also welcome other Del Mar non-profits and local school groups to set up tables or booths to promote their community projects. Leslie Robson writes, “The Del Mar Farmers Market is very excited to continue its partnership with the City of Del Mar in utilizing the new facilities. The DMFM is very appreciative of city staff [who] assisted in the efforts for both the 2016 move and the 2018 return.”
“Imagine gathering with friends on the gorgeous plaza, looking at the Pacific Ocean, while enjoying lunch or a snack with a cool drink and being able to buy fresh, locally sourced produce, flowers and other items.”
Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00. Shores Park through June; Civic Center, 1050 Camino Del Mar, beginning July 7.