Downtown Encinitas has grown into a weekly destination for local gourmets thanks to the area's Encinitas Station Farmers Market held every Wednesday evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Focused on promoting local farms and vendors, the market carries a plethora of products ranging from local organic produce to specialty meats and cheeses.
Vendors converge each Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 600 S. Vulcan Avenue, behind the Whole Foods Market, to set up this popular market in its location on the corner of Vulcan Avenue and E Street. With its focus on fresh, locally-grown organic produce, and also gourmet products like artisan breads, gluten-free options and specialty meat and cheese selections, the market draws a variety of different vendors such as Nicolau Farms Goat Cheese, Gourmet Tamales and David Bacco Chocolatier.
Many market shoppers enjoy the fact that the market is open in the evening-time during the week, as it provides a great opportunity to restock the pantry with fresh goods in between the weekends, a time when most of the other local markets operate.
The Encinitas Station Farmers Market is managed by local couple, Brandon Janiss and Tasha Ardalan. Janiss and Ardalan are co-owners of Foxy Treats, a company that produces organic pet products from locally sourced ingredients. The two business owners have been managing the market in downtown Encinitas since late September, but have a long history of experience running a nearby farmers market in Escondido which operates every Monday.
The Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association is responsible for putting on the weekly marketplace. The DEMA has its origins back in 1982, and is comprised of a myriad of different business owners in the downtown area of Encinitas.
To find out more information about the Encinitas Station Farmers Market, or to see a list of and links to many of the event's vendors, visit farmersmarketencinitas.com.