Thursday in Orange County is positively loaded with farmers markets. The total is seven now, with the newest opening a week ago in downtown Santa Ana, and Westminster opening in mid-January. Thursday also has O.C.’s oldest, the venerable fairgrounds farmer confab in Costa Mesa.
Maybe the best news for Thursday shoppers is that all but two have hours that extend into evening, making workaday shopping possible. Anaheim, Foothill Ranch, and Orange markets are open until 6. Fullerton’s festive seasonal Thursday market goes all the way to 8:30, and Santa Ana’s is open until 8. (Costa Mesa and Westminster close at 1 p.m.)