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 Farmers Market Now Open
Leslie Robson | 13th Street

Stuart Fish and Rita Meier, DMFM board members, and Fabian Huertas, market manager, modeling new face masks.
Photo Kelly Post.

The City of Del Mar granted permission for the Del Mar Farmers Market to reopen after two months of temporary closure due to the COVID-19 preventive protocols. Saturday, May 9, was the beginning of a new chapter for the market under San Diego County and municipal guidelines.

Even with meticulous planning, there was some low level anxiety about how all the new rules would play out with vendors and shoppers alike. Would people feel comfortable coming to shop? While parks were still closed, there was a steady stream of guests seemingly looking for a new venue of activity of some sort, and the farmers were definitely happy to be considered essential and be back selling their produce and getting caught up with their longtime customers. The prepared food vendors provided take-away of their usual fare, and one of the vendors successfully pivoted from the sale of yoga togs to selling fabric face masks of all sizes and styles.

Masks are a Must.
Photo Christina Phillips.

To control the numbers of shoppers, there is currently only one entrance, from the garage, where shoppers are encouraged to sanitize their hands, asked to don masks and read the current guidelines. The sellers’ canopies line either side of the parking lot, with plenty of room for shoppers to keep six foot distancing in the middle. Umbrellas and canopies provide shade, but there are no tables and chairs to encourage lingering and eating. The usual queue for fish is marked off at six-foot intervals. Vendors are wearing masks and gloves and attempting to complete no-touch transactions. There are several sanitizing stations located around the market.

The reception by the public to the reopened farmers market has been absolutely and surprisingly gratifying. It shows just how much people have wanted to get outside to share in some communal activity. The City of Del Mar can take pride in creating a beautiful venue for people to enjoy at the new Civic Center. The Del Mar Farmers Market is happily back serving the community.
The Del Mar Farmers Market operates every Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, 1050 Camino Del Mar.

See more information at delmarfarmersmarket.org.

Masks are a Must.
Photo Christina Phillips.

Masks are a Must.
Photo Christina Phillips.
 
Masksare a Must.
Photo Kelly Post.

 

 

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