The Encinitas Station Certified Farmer’s Market goes single use plastic bag free in 2013

The Encinitas Station Certified Farmer’s Market is 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. Wednesday evenings will come alive in downtown Encinitas.  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 demos 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 you like!

The market is also making the new years resolution to go single use plastic bag free!  The market will be getting a head start on their resolution by participating in Day Without a Bag, a county wide event dedicated to raising awareness and going plastic bag free.  Although Day Without a Bag is on Thursday December 20th, the market will be implementing the program one day earlier this wednesday evening. For several years, the city of Encinitas has been investigating a city wide ban on single use plastic bags. DEMA will be partnering with other downtown merchants to pass out re-usable 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 Leucadia Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Paul Ecke Elementary on Union Street. Please call or email Carris Rhodes for more information or market pictures.

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The Market is held every Wednesday, rain or shine, 4pm-7pm October through April and 5pm-8pm May through September at Parking lot B 600 South Vulcan Ave, Corner of E Street and Vulcan.