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Mission Viejo Farmers Market Moving to Saturday

Mission Viejo plans to move its farmers market time slot following resident requests.

Here's good news for Mission Viejo residents hungry for fresh fruits and veggies on the weekend.

The city announced Thursday that on Feb. 23, the farmers market will shift from Friday to Saturday. It will continue to operate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The change comes after the city received "multiple requests" for a farmers market outside the work week, said city spokeswoman Kelly Tokarski.

The farmers market brings fresh fruit, vegetables, monthly entertainment, artisans and gourmet food trucks to the Civic Center.

When the city council approved the current farmers market in Oct. 2011, city staff chose Fridays so library patrons would not fight for parking spaces with farmers market attendants. (The library is closed Friday mornings).

With the Saturday move, both the library and market will be open at the same time. Parking won't be a problem though, Tokarski said, because City Hall is closed on Saturday.

Desi Kiss January 25, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Moving the Farmer's Market from Friday to Saturday is another stunningly stupid idea promoted by the City Staff. Despite all the advertising at taxpayer expense, the subsidized weekly market “has problems.” Having the weekly parking lot party on Fridays at least didn’t pose a problem with the library closed Friday mornings. But Saturday? Is the City planning in secret to build a multi-level parking structure from the "highly advertised" 26 million in reserves?
tara January 25, 2013 at 10:47 PM
geeez lighten up...working people want to get in on the action too...
Mark Nix January 26, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Seems like the Staff is listening to the wants of the community. I'm sure local vendors will be happy too as they will most likely see an increase in participation. Thank you Mission Viejo for investing in programs such as these which promote community and opportunities for our residents.
Barbara January 26, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Its about time. I was so disappointed that MV excluded all of us who work typical work hours.
Wendy Bucknum January 26, 2013 at 04:47 PM
This is great for all of our working families... the kids can go grab their books while I shop - looking forward to this change!
Jackie Houchin January 26, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Will the library be closed from 9-1 on Saturdays then, as it is now? Just wondering.
Desi Kiss January 26, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Jackie, actually the Library will not be closed Saturdays from 9 to 1.The Library attendance is on average around 600 residents Saturdays and Sundays according to Library Staff. Taking into account that the City vehicles will be also parked over the weekend, parking and traffic will be a major area of concern.
Jackie Ladd January 26, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Excellent news for me as I work during the week. I have had to go to markets in Laguna Niguel or Laguna Beach. I will be happy to frequent the one in our own city!!!
Holly K January 26, 2013 at 08:00 PM
I am thrilled to see this change. It should boost business for our local farmers. Do you have a list of Library activities on Saturday that are going to be imacted Desi?
C M January 26, 2013 at 09:38 PM
I'm looking forward to actually being able to check out the Farmer's Market now that it's not during the work week. I hope that City Hall being closed will indeed prevent parking problems.
Erika Schulte January 26, 2013 at 09:44 PM
This is great news! I love the Farmers Market, and hope that this change will allow it to grow. The move to Saturdays also means that families can make an outing of it, and kids can help choose their own fruits and veggies for the week. So glad the city is listening to its residents.
AVResident2 January 27, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Nice. I really wish we had one in Aliso Viejo.
Peter Schelden (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Hi Jackie, the library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more info, you can check out their hours of operation here: http://cityofmissionviejo.org/Library/Library.aspx?id=9712
Priscilla January 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM
It will be nice to be able to go to the library and the farmers market at one trip... Kids will love that and we'll go more!
Peter Schelden (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 12:55 AM
There's been some talk of adding a farmers market to Town Center: http://patch.com/A-1kwZ
Matt February 23, 2013 at 12:30 AM
This is great, looking forward to being able to go to the farmers market now! Saturday is so much better for those of us who work.

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