SIMI VALLEY – The Simi Valley Town Center recently opened the city’s first farmers market since 1999. The event is bigger than the farmers markets held in 1998 and 1999 on a vacant lot at Tapo and Eileen streets and has special activities such as a pony ride, petting zoo, inflatable slides and obstacle courses for children. Vickie Sherman, the Town Center’s marketing director, said the farmers market was an immediate success when it opened July 21. “It was wonderful, the first day, right out of the gate. It was beyond our expectations. The crowd was huge,” she said. “They have fresh produce and fun things for the whole family.” The market includes live entertainment and arts and crafts booths for people of all ages, along with the traditional fresh produce from area farmers. It is open Fridays from 3 to 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot near Dakota’s Great Steakhouse. The mall is at 1555 Simi Town Center Way, just north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway between Erringer Road and First Street. – Daily News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!