VISTA — The Vista Farmers Market will permanently change its hours to 8 a.m. to noon due to increased demand by customers and farmers. The new hours will begin April 3. The market is located at 325 S. Melrose Drive, at the County Courthouse, and currently operates from 7:45 to 11 a.m.
In its 28th year, the Vista market is the longest-running market in the county, and the hours have changed almost not at all in those 28 years. In recent votes, 80 percent of the market customers wanted longer hours with the top choice being from 8 a.m. to noon. Farmers and vendors likewise voted in a separate poll, with 62 percent voting for longer hours. Their top choice was also from 8 a.m. to noon. These numbers coincide with two polls taken last year by and by farmers.
The Vista Farmers Market features certified, organic, and local growers with in-season produce an abundance of persimmons, apples, oranges, and other fruits and vegetables. Farmers also sell eggs, nuts, juices, honey, cheese, sausages, plants and flowers. In addition, fresh bread, free-trade chocolate, sweets, sauces, salsas and dips are all available fresh each week. A few local artisans also make and sell at the market.