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The crowds of shoppers have grown each year, and for the Woodstock Farmers Market, 2019 beat them all

DAVID F. ASHTON - Nice weather brought out many shoppers, to the last weekly Sunday Woodstock Farmers Market of the 2019 season. The winning combination of being an every-Sunday market, and one with a prominent location, has led the Woodstock Farmers Market to flourish over the past nine years. But the one just ended was special even by that standard.

"We had a really, really good season this year!" exclaimed Market Manager Emily Murnen on their last regular day, October 27.

"What made it exceptionally good was that we had lot of new vendors this year; including more hot prepared food – fulfilling the request of shoppers asking for more variety," Murnen told THE BEE.

An average of 1,700 shoppers every Sunday also got to meet new farmers; and the market's bakery stall doubled in size – a good sign of a healthy market, the manager said.

"So many tell us that, in addition to buying directly from the people who are growing, making, and cooking the food, they like seeing their neighbors here every week," commented Murnen with a smile.

Having just surveyed their vendors, Murnen revealed that 95% of their vendors plan to be back when they open in June of next year.

After the season was over, volunteers helped set up their traditional one-time "Holiday Market" on November 24 to provide produce and products for Thanksgiving Day dinners. "We're delighted that a lot of our neighbors get involved by volunteering, and, we welcome even more to join with us," Murnen said. "And finally, we so appreciate the support of KeyBank Woodstock, allowing us to be on their parking lot every Sunday!"


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