FAIRFIELD — A sure sign of spring arrives this week – farmers markets are returning to Fairfield and Vacaville.
Visitors to the Fairfield market will notice no major changes. The farmers market will again be from 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday on the downtown lawn at Texas and Jefferson streets. It is run by Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association.
Adjacent to the market will be Thursdays on the Green, with food booths, crafts booths and other attractions. Organizers encourage visitors to bring kites and have a picnic on the lawn. The Fairfield Main Street Association sponsors this portion of the event.
There are a few smaller, new wrinkles. Free Zumba classes will give patrons the chance to get some exercise.
“We’re really trying to focus on healthy eating and staying fit,” said Margaret Manzo, executive director of the Fairfield Main Street Association.
Also, the association will be passing out a historic downtown Fairfield walking guide. Farmers market visitors will be able to do such things as find the building that once housed the J.C. Penney store and see historic photos of the downtown.
“We’re trying to encourage people to take walks,” Manzo said. “And what better place to walk than downtown?”
Such a walk would also take people to the downtown businesses. Manzo said people who go to the farmers market have tended to stay at the farmers market at the downtown’s southern gateway.
The season-opening farmers market on Thursday will include a ribbon cutting and folklorico dancers to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Manzo said.
Fairfield’s farmers market will continue every Thursday through Oct. 2.
The Vacaville farmers market opens Saturday. It will again be located on Main Street between Parker and Dobbins streets.
Vacaville’s market is run by the Pacific Farmers’ Market Association and is from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 11. It is sponsored by the Downtown Vacaville Improvement District.
Bob Vollmer, executive director of the district, said local officials will meet with the Pacific Farmers’ Market Association officials on Wednesday to see if anything might be added this year, such as more cooking demonstrations.
“Trying to keep it fresh and exciting,” he said.
The National Weather Service predicts a high temperature of near 90 degrees Thursday in Fairfield and near 80 degrees Saturday in Vacaville. That means the spring 2014 debut of the Fairfield market in particular will be amid weather that seems more like summer.
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