The Coast News Group

Mayor Filner inaugurates new farmers market at Canyon Crest Academy

COAST CITIES — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner attended the grand opening of the CCA Foundation Carmel Valley Farmers Market last month. The farmers market officially re-opened under new management in February. Raquel Pena, who also manages the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market, is the new manager.

“This grand opening signifies the partnership that we have with the community and the school,” said Joanne Couvrette, executive director of the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation.

Canyon Crest Academy is a public school in the San Dieguito Union High School District, which encompasses a part of the city of San Diego.

Filner cut the ribbon and met district board members and students who were also present.

“What’s great about this is that it’s really a win-win because every dollar that’s spent here benefits the school,” Couvrette said. “The foundation helps fund all the activities that (San Dieguito Union High School District) does not have the ability to fund anymore.”

The academy’s athletics and arts programs will benefit from the farmers market, Couvrette said.

Envision, the school’s arts program, utilizes a close relationship with the professional arts community. Foundation funds help pay for guest artists to work alongside faculty, leading to an exceptional educational experience, Couvrette said.

“Students can come out and play music and use the space. The farmers market is their marketplace as well.”

The farmers market is open Thursdays from 2 p.m. to dusk.