Woodstock Farmers Market opens to pent-up demand
As the opening bell for the Woodstock Farmers Market rang for the first time this season on June 4, shoppers were already lined up, ready to buy from the vendors.
"It's our seventh season, here in the parking lot behind the Woodstock KeyBank, and it looks to be a good one," grinned Market Manager Emily Murnen. "Look! The minute the market opens, it's almost immediately full of people! I've been hearing from people, for longer than a month now, that they're waiting and eager for the market to open,"
The market started off the season with a full complement of 36 vendors, offering a product mix that includes fresh produce, prepared foods, hot ready-to-eat foods, and a new bakery.
Wafting through the air was the savory scent of Spanish Paella, called the "cousin of jambalaya", from a new vendor, La Mancha Paella, and prepared in huge woks. "We also have vendors offering breakfast burritos, and another has Somali food," remarked Murnen.
And this year, the market is introducing a few smaller vendors, to give shoppers an even greater selection of products.
The market opened on time, as it does every Sunday, thanks to the help of their many faithful, and some new, volunteers. "There wouldn't be a market without our amazing volunteers who run the information booth, assist with the kids Passport Program, staff the SNAP and EBT booth, and set it all up every week."
She's again looking forward to another good season, Murnen said. "Everyone who comes to this market is always so supportive."
- IN A NUTSHELL -
Woodstock Farmers Market
Every Sunday through October 29
10 AM – 2 PM
KeyBank Parking Lot
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd. 97206.