Those hoping to stop by Hesperia's new farmers market after work after work had to take a rain check.

Although the Hesperia Civic Market & Street Faire opened for business as scheduled on Wednesday at 3 p.m., rain forced the market to close up shop an hour and a half later, instead of at 8 p.m., as planned.

Despite that, the first-ever market was a success, according to the Hesperia Recreation and Park District, which is organizing the market, along with the city of Hesperia.

"This first week, we had 70 registered vendors, with 87 actual booth spaces rented," said the park district's administrative operations manager, Lindsey Woods. "Everything from fresh produce, fresh flowers, freshly baked goods, and then we had a whole host of other types of vendors, like prepared food."

In addition to the vendors, there was music at the market, in the form of a disc jockey and a pianist. Music is planned to be part of each week's market, adding elements of a street fair to the shopping.

"The vendors were very surprised to see how many people turned out for our event. They said they did very well before the weather turned bad," said Woods. "Most of them, as they were leaving, if not all of them, said 'see you next week.'"

So despite the rocky launch, Woods said the park district views the market's debut as a success.

"I would say that this was hugely successful. If you take the numbers we were seeing in the first hour, hour and a half, and carried that through to 8 p.m., you would have seen six, seven, 8,000 people there," he said. "We hated to see the weather to go the way that it did, but we just loved to see everyone's attitude."

The Hesperia Civic Market & Street Faire from 3 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday at Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, behind the city library, beginning on June 3 and running through the end of October. For more information, including vendor applications, visit HesperiaCivicMarket.com.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.