Farmers' Market to Return This Week

As part of the city's continuing drive to reshape Tapo Street into a hub of community commerce and entertainment, the Farmers' Market will be returning this week with more than a dozen vendors.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and continuing every Saturday until Aug. 29, the market will host more than 20 vendors selling everything from butter lettuce and freshly squeezed fruit juices to gourds and melons.

The market will be organized and run by the Ventura County Certified Farmers' Market, which also operates markets in Ventura and Thousand Oaks.

The City Council recently approved $8,000 for advertising in hopes the market will prove a popular and ultimately permanent fixture along a newly minted Tapo Street.

A former market, which operated in the same location, closed after two years when attendance dropped off.

To keep the new market afloat, officials said at least 500 people have to attend the market each week.

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