Another nonprofit farmers market season ends, with happy customers right up to closing time

DAVID F. ASHTON - On the last day of their season, there's a good turnout at the Woodstock Farmers Market. When a forecast rainstorm didn't materialize during the last weekly market of the 2018 season, a bumper crop of shoppers showed up for the Woodstock Farmers Market to buy prepared foods, late-season vegetables, and tree fruits.

Since it was the weekend before Hallowe'en, many of the kids present were dressed in costume, as they shopped with their parents.

"This is the close of our eighth season here – and it's wonderful to see so many families and kids come out today," smiled Market Manager Emily Murnen. "Our season was really great; which included having two new farms join, and stay with us throughout the entire season."

A full complement of as many as 33 vendors interacted with a weekly average of 1,800 adult shoppers, she said. "It's so good that people come out and support our Woodstock Market and its vendors; we feel really honored to be so accepted, here, by our community!

"We're very appreciative of Woodstock KeyBank, our Presenting Sponsor which provides us with this great space [on their parking lot].

"And, each week, some twenty volunteers help with set up, run our token, SNAP, and kids' programs – and then, tear down at the end of the day," commended Murnen. "We could not do this without the help of our wonderful volunteers – many of whom have been with us from our first market."

According to their end-of-season vendor survey, the Woodstock Farmers Market should see 90% of their vendors return next year.

To keep up with market's activities off-season, you can always go online –

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