FAIRFIELD — People have one last chance this year to attend the Fairfield’s farmers market, even as organizers call the revamped version a success.
The last farmers market of 2013 will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday. It will be located on the county-owned lawn near Jefferson and Texas streets in the downtown.
This year’s market saw a major change. Last year, the fruit and produce vendors were on Jefferson Street and the crafts and other vendors on the lawn. Now, the entire event is on the lawn.
“It’s been well-received,” said Margaret Manzo, executive director of the Main Street Association. “The merchants are happy, the visitors are happy. It’s so nice not to have to do a street closure.”
Solano County enlarged the lawn area a few years ago, after it demolished the courthouse annex building, making the new location possible.
“It really created an atmosphere, the town square that we wanted,” Manzo said.
The hours of the farmers market moved up in 2012 and it looks like that change is here to stay. The old hours were 4 to 8 p.m.
“It’s one of those things,” Manzo said. “If we start later, people are happier, but you’re going into the evening and it gets dark and it gets cold. Everything is a tradeoff.”
With the old 8 p.m. closing time, many vendors started packing up to leave an hour early, Manzo said.
Last year, the last day of the farmers market featured a pet parade. This year, the fruits, vegetables and crafts will have the spotlight to themselves.
“I think we’re just going to go off into the sunset, instead of with a big bang,” Manzo said.
Local farmers market fans can still attend the Vacaville farmers market beyond Thursday. It is from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 12 on Main Street between Parker and Dobbins streets.
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