The longest-running farmers market in San Diego County

Open rain or shine - every Saturday - 8am to 12 noon


shopper at the Vista Farmers MarketThe Vista Farmers Market features over 50 farmers selling what they grow; local, certified, and organic growers with in-season produce.  Actual, real farmers with an abundance of avocados, persimmons, apples, oranges, strawberries, peaches, and other fruits and vegetables. Farmers also sell dates, eggs, nuts, juices, honey, cheeses, sausages, plants, wool, flowers, and grass-fed meats.

In addition, there are more than 40 foodmakers —  prepared food artisans that sell fresh bread and other baked goods such as pies, cupcakes, and cookies, as well as sauces, salsas, dips, and pickles. All are available fresh each week. There are 14 countries’ foods represented in the hot food vendors serving breakfast and lunch.

Over a dozen makers and crafters attend each week with their soap, pottery, clothing, hats, jewelry, gifts, dog treats, and more. Each week features a variety of musicians as well as several services such as knife and tool sharpening, and massage.

The market has over 600 free parking spaces.

The Vista Farmers Market is located at the San Diego County Courthouse, 345 South Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92083,  just south of Highway 78.

The market is open every month, every week, every Saturday – regardless of the weather – from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.

We’ve been operating since 1981 and are first farmers market in the county and one of the oldest markets in the state.

The Vista Farmers Market consists of FIVE marketplaces.  There is the Food Specialties Marketplace which consists of foodmakers and farmers who produce what they sell . . . whether bread, baked goods, pesto, honey, almonds, or cheese.

There is the Certified Farmers Market which is only farmers who sell what they grow and who benefit from being in a Certified Farmers Market through exemptions for labeling, packaging, or sizing requirements.

Then we have Worlds Fare serving foods from ethnic traditions around the world — European, Arabic, African, South American, and more – – – including a farmer who buys from market farmers to produce his dishes.

The Artisans Marketplace features local entrepreneurs who sell what they make . . . this groups varies over time.  Clothes, pottery, wooden crafts are within the variety available.

Finally, there is the Gardeners Market — which is farmers and craft makers who sell items for your garden . . . plants, pots, soil amendments, and more.

The Vista Farmers Market is an odd collaboration of groups and people.  Farmers, entrepreneurs, makers, city, county, nonprofits, and many others.  One nonprofit involved is Just Balance which is involved in creating greater Community Resilience (with the farmers market as part of that work), here’s the link to more info about that . . . http://just

Our Mission

The goal of the Vista Farmers Market is NOT to create a place where you can buy food.  The goal is to create a place where, whenever possible, you can buy food from the person that grew, caught, made, collected or otherwise fostered its creation.  This is a very important distinction as the market strives to help farmers keep farming.  Food, (shipped from all over the world) is available at many places within the community – at least 150 places within ten miles of the Vista Farmers Market.  Only at the Vista Farmers Market (or other, farmer-oriented markets and stands) can you buy directly from the person that grew what you’re buying.

Talk to them and purchase local, fresh produce. 


The Vista Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the San Diego County Courthouse located at 325 South Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92081 — the market is open EVERY Saturday, in all weather, and regardless of holidays.  We are open.  For 40 years now.

Click here for a map view, don’t let mapping take you to Melrose Way

The market is located:

  • six miles east of Interstate 5;
  • eight miles west of Interstate 15;
  • two blocks south of Highway 78.

From the west: take Interstate 5 to Highway 78 east for 7 miles. Exit at Melrose and turn right. The market is located on the right at third signal.
From the east: take Interstate 15 to Highway 78 west for 10 miles. Exit at Vista Village Drive and turn left then right onto Hacienda then a quick left onto Melrose Drive. The market is located on the right at the second signal.

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