ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Station Certified Farmer’s Market plans to stop offering single-use plastic bags and provide other environmental incentives in 2013. The market is open every Wednesday, rain or shine from 4 to 7 p.m. October through April and 5 to 8 p.m. May through September in Parking lot B, 600 S. Vulcan Ave.The Encinitas Station Certified Farmer’s Market is now under new management. Carris Rhodes, a local community member and former program assistant at the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association (DEMA), will now be managing the Wednesday evening market.
Also on the calendar for 2013, Rhodes is working with Whole Foods to bring foodie films to Pacific Station on Wednesday evenings. Rhodes has also been working with local chefs to get farmer’s market produce and special farmer’s market creations on their menu for Wednesday evenings. The market will also feature more organic produce vendors in 2013 and will have quarterly special events like food demonstrations and market tours.
Bike/Walk Encinitas, a community group dedicated to promoting bike and pedestrian accessibility will be parking bikes and handing out “bike bucks” to those who ride to the farmer’s marker. For the month of January, Rhodes also encourages those who ride the coaster to and from downtown Encinitas to show their pass at the market managers booth and receive $2 market dollars to spend at any stall.
The market is making the New Year’s resolution to go single-use, plastic bag free. For several years, the city of Encinitas has been investigating a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags. DEMA will be partnering with other downtown merchants to pass out reusable bags to customers throughout the month of January.
Rhodes’ goal is to integrate the farmer’s market into the Wednesday evening culture and every day lives of all who visit and live near Downtown Encinitas. The market is intended to fill the need for a mid-week farmers market in Encinitas. Carris Rhodes, former program assistant at DEMA, was the lead on the project and is thrilled to be serving as market manger again. DEMA has been the main coordinator of this farmers market and aims to bolster foot-traffic in the downtown Encinitas district while giving residents more access to fresh, organic local produce. This market was designed to be a compliment to the Sunday Farmer’s Market coordinated by DEMA’s sister organization the Leucadia MainStreet. The weekend Leucadia Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Paul Ecke Elementary on Union Street. Visit encinitas101.com for more information.