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New Weekly Farmers’ Market Opens at La Costa Canyon High School

Benefiting School’s Visual and Performing Arts

Starting Saturday, August 18, La Costa Canyon High School (LCC) will be hosting a weekly Farmers’ Market from 10am – 2pm. The weekly Saturday market will offer a variety of fresh, locally grown produce, flowers, specialty foods like sauces, marinades, olive oils, bakeries, fresh fish, food trucks, local artists and more. The Farmers’ Market will benefit LCC’s Visual and Performing Arts Department. The school is asking the community to come and shop at the weekly market to support both the school and area farmers.

La Costa Canyon High School is located at 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad, across the street from Stagecoach Park on Camino De Los Coches. The market will be held every Saturday from 10am – 2pm in the school’s parking lot entered thru the school’s main entrance. For more information contact Ron LaChance (858) 272-7054.

AHaerle August 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Here are the vendors we have for this Saturday: Growers- Smit Orchards- Organic Fruit- Apples, Grapes, Pluots Atkins Nursery- Citrus, avocado Rivas farms- Tomatoes, Strawberries, veggies Gayton Farms- Vegetables, cantaloupe, greens Bermumen Boys- Vegetables, Blue Heron- organic produce Frangipani Farms- Plumerias Elation farm- Vegetables, cantaloupe Carlsbad Strawberries- Strawberries, vegetables Specialty Foods- Baba Hummus Ribbies Fresh Fish Sunflowr Organics-Honey Joannes Artisan Breads South pacific Seafood- Lobster tails Nines Ranch- Beef Jerky Raw Revelations- Raw foods Dipped- Chocolate and more chocolate Loose Leaf Tea Company Cookie Lady- Cupcakes and cookies Euro Food- Salamis, cheeses, sauces Pasta design- hand made raviolis and other pastas Conchettas- Pizza dough and sauce to make your own at home Gourmet Delights- Olive oils, balsamic, barbeque sauces etc Olive Oil Café- Gluten free desserts Food Booths- Crepes Filipino Food Gyros Gourmet Sandwiches Insliders Food Truck - Beef, Chicken, & veggie sliders
Dave September 08, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I went today and is is more of a street fair than a Farmers Market ! Very small in the way of produce and more on arts & other stuff. Stuff I see at the Encinitas street fair. I think they should get more famers involved and less on the other stuff. Not very good.
AHaerle September 08, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Hi Dave, Thanks so much for attending today. Yes, you are absolutely right -today we have quite a few artists booths versus past weeks. Today's market was an exception. Typically, as in week's past, the La Costa Canyon Farmers Market will have mainly produce and tasty food booths and food trucks. In terms of produce, it's all a matter of supply and demand so keep on coming!!
Dave September 10, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Thanks for the reply. I definately do hope that you are right and that there will be more vegetables and fruit (that's what a farmers market should be about) and less accessories/clothes etc., that you can find at a street fair. That's not what a farmers market should be about. It was a big disappointment, having gone to many other farmers markets this was definately the worst so far. One vendor by the way just to add to the disappointment, totally rude, that didn't help either. I will give it one more try because it is very close to where I live and hope for the best.
AHaerle September 10, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Hope you'll give us another chance. We definitely feel the priority of the market is to offer a variety of fruits and veggies. Don't know if you had the pluots and cantaloupe but they've been fabulous the past two Saturdays!! And so sorry to hear about your experience with a vendor - I know the last thing they would want to do is disappoint a potential customer.
ron lachance September 10, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Hello all. My name is Ron LaChance and I manage the La Costa Canyon Farmers Market. I couldn't agree with you more about your comments! I assure you this overabundance of crafter type booths was just for one day.I was trying to help out some artisans that I know and we included all of them. Big Mistake. I admit it! I operate Farmers Markets for a living and undertsand that it is the produce that makes the market. We are intent on growing this event as a Farmers Market! In fact we have added certfied growers every week since we opened just 4 weeks ago. Having all those extra artisans in, even if for one day, was a mistake. Stop in again and you will see the true personality we are building for the La Costa Canyon Farmers Market. We currently have 12 Certified growers with us and in fact have added a new grower every week so far and aren't close to done yet. This Saturday The Shroom Shack will be added with Fresh Local Mushrooms. So all we can ask is that you stop in again on a MORE NORMAL day. Thank you very much for your comments!
Nur Sharpe September 28, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I don't think it is a mistake to have artisans! I am a retired art teacher and produce totally hand made art craft. They are beautiful, not cheap and are gallery quality. I think the problem occurs when the "craft" becomes cheap mass produced products from China, India etc. That ARE NOT truly crafts. I believe that quality art/craft enhances the attraction to the market. Sure the idea of a pure farmers market is great, but it CAN become boring and you will lose customers. It is cheaper maybe and easier to go to Jimbo's, Henrys or whole food especially to get good quality produce everyday. I believe in buying local as well, and would also prefer pesticide free. Not everyone comes just to buy produce. You would take away the attraction and ambiance. MORE TO FOLLOW..........
Nur Sharpe September 28, 2012 at 08:49 PM
In Europe there are just produce markets. I was in Istanbul a few months ago and I went to some. The produce is much much cheaper and better quality than at the super markets. That's a whole different ball game. They also sell "products" not art nor craft. I believe the produce and food products can go hand in hand with quality Art/craft and will add to the attraction and ambiance. Don't give up on art with a few people's opinions. I left you a telephone message today to send some photos. I am  hoping to hear from you. I would love to be of some assistance to you if you decide to give artist a chance in choosing quality art/craft for your market. I believe you will be successful with this endeavor of the partnership of art and produce. One grows from the ground the other also from human hands and spirit.
Nur Sharpe September 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Another thought! Why not have a booth for the La Costa Canyons art students to show their work as well and sell if they want to. You could also have the performing arts involved. It would be great to hear students individually or groups as perhaps the jazz band etc. I would love to help in any way! Go all the way"
AHaerle October 02, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Hi Nur, Thank you so much for your feedback. I totally agree that produce & food products can go hand and hand with art/craft especially since La Costa Canyon Farmers Market benefits both local farmers and the high school's visual and performing arts department! And yes, we will have have an area dedicated to La Costa Canyon art students to share and sell their wares as well as groups performing in the spring...more on that to follow!! Ron LaChance is our Market Manager and handles our vendors. Please contact him directly in re: to vendor opportunities. Thank you for your support and hope to see you at the Farmers Market on Saturday!!
Duke Kama July 15, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Where can I start. When I went to this farmers market the very first time they started I was disappointed. Limited stands for fruit and veggies which is what FARMERS MARKET is suppose to be about,NOT jewerly, clothes and sweets. Yesterday I went back for the first time in a long time to give it another try and OMG!!! TEN TIMES WORSE THAN THE FIRST TIME. ONLY 2 STANDS WITH LIMITED FRUIT AND VEGGIES, AND THE REST WHICH WERE ONLY 5 STANDS, WERE ABOUT JEWERLY, SWEETS, ONE OF FLOWERS AND ONE OF BREADS. THE SADEST FARMERS MARKET I HAVE EVER SEEN, EVER!!!! I ASKED WHY THIS WAS SO LIMITED TO ONE OF THE VENDORS, THEY COULDN'T EVEN ANSWER IT, BUT DID ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREED WITH ME THAT IT WAS VERY VERY LIMITED. YOU PLACE SIGNS ALL OVER THE PLACE TO GO TO THIS PLACE ONLY TO WASTE PEOPLE'S TIME. I'VE GONE TO EVERY FARMERS MARKET FROM SOLANA BEACH, TO UTC, TO ENCINITAS TO ESCONDIDO WHICH IS THE LARGEST AND BEST FARMERS MARKET EVER, THEY HAVE EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING YOU WANT OF FRESH FRUIT AND VEGGIES AND YES THEY ALSO HAVE A SMALL SECTION WHERE THEY SELL JEWELRY, BUT, THEY HAVE OVER TWO BLOCKS OF VENDORS. YOU GUYS HAVE A HUGE SPACE TO BE ABLE TO PUT MANY VENDORS THAT SELL FRUIT AND VEGGIES FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE PARKING LOT IS HUGE AND THIS IS THE BEST YOU CAN DO? I WAS THERE 5 MINUTES AND I WAS DONE. NOTHING THERE. A TERRIBLE WASTE OF TIME AND EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED. STOP PUTTING SIGNS EVERYWHERE AND MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A FARMERS MARKET GOING ON, WHERE IT ISN'T TRUE AND ITS A TOTAL SCAM.
AHaerle July 15, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Thank you for your feedback. We are a relatively new market not even open yet for a full year and still establishing ourselves in the community. We pride ourselves that while we are a small market, the market supports La Costa Canyon High School in addition to local farmers and small businesses. We currently have three produce vendors who offer a variety of organic, pesticide-free vegetables and fruits. Last Saturday our newest fruit vendor offered a unique variety of blue velvet apricots in addition to peaches, plums, pluots and melons. We do welcome new certified produce vendors at the same time know that it's a delicate balancing act between the number of vendors and the number of shoppers - the more consistent shoppers, the more vendors we are able to bring. While there are much larger markets throughout the San Diego area, each with a distinct personality and selection who have been open for a number of years, the La Costa Canyon Market offers plenty of parking, minimal crowds and the opportunity to support the school's visual and performing arts department as well. We encourage the surrounding community to come join us in our market event offerings. This Saturday we will host our second community walking meet-up at 9am. It's a great opportunity to meet others, exercise, as well as enjoy the outdoors. Last month we offered free yoga and chair massages, guest author and graduate of La Costa Canyon High School Jake Ducey, and the executive chef of Del Mar's newly opened Sea & Smoke Restaurant. We may be be small but we're growing. We encourage you to stop by again and see why this neighborhood market is gaining a faithful following.
Duke Kama July 16, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Actually you are WRONG! This "Farmer's Market" has been open now for a year. And YOU say "it's a delicate balancing act between the number of vendors and the number of shoppers" Well, there is not enough venders at all so your turn out like I was there last Saturday will be very poor! It has plenty of parking and that's because there is not enough venders. Like I said in my last post that has disappeared even a vender told me that it was not that great of a farmer's market. And lets not forget your now promoting "community walking".....that has nothing to do with a farmers market. People want to walk they will they don't need to go to the Farmer's market for that. You really need to look at this so called " Farmer's Market" and make it that...a Farmer's Market. Fruits & Vegies not yoga and chair massages and walking. Now wonder this Farmers market is a joke.
AHaerle July 16, 2013 at 03:51 PM
August 18th will be the one year anniversary of the Farmers Market. We will continue to try and meet the needs of the community as we, too, want the market to grow especially since it also benefits La Costa Canyon High School. I know our student families, teachers, and staff appreciate the community's support and hope others will join in as well.
Christy Johnson July 19, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Hello La Costa Canyon supporters...we appreciate your comments! I am the new Manager for the La Costa Canyon Farmers Market... My first day is tomorrow and I am very excited about the opportunity to bring you a really great event. Duke, you are right, we have had some challenges, as all developing events do...and we are working on them. My goals are to bring in many more growers of all kinds, as we are able. Being that Saturday is a very busy day for farmers markets around the county and that many of the farmers are already spread thin, I will do my best to bring in my loyal vendors. I am adding several this week and many more in the coming weeks. Nur, I agree with you that there is room for some wonderful quality crafts at a farmers market. If selected well, they are a rich addition to the ambiance and culture of a market. Farmers markets are all about bringing high quality cottage industries directly to the consumer. These small, mostly home-based businesses, represent an exciting and growing segment of American entrepreneurship. Of which I am proud to be a small part. Farmers markets have evolved into events with a wide variety of activities and vendors to reach out to, and satisfy the needs of, the local community by providing entertainment, activities and a gathering place, as well as fresh produce, gourmet foods, artisan crafts and civic information. We look forward to your ongoing conversation as to how we can meet those needs. Thank you and I feel free to engage me in conversation at the market!
Duke Kama July 19, 2013 at 03:22 PM
@ AHaerle I like how you don't like the truth ! This is the wost farmer's market. One year of not enough venders with fruits & vegies. It's more like a weak street fair. You I'm sure will erase this comment like you have done the others. That is because you do not like peoples opinion unless it is positive. There is NOTHING positive about the La Costa Farmer's market. Unless you get more venders with what a Farmers market is FRUITS & VEGIES it will continue to be just a weak street fair! My opinion you don't like it...TUFF!

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