Woodstock Farmers Market's reopening cheers up neighborhood
Amid the difficult times in which we currently live, a bright spot for many was the season opening of the Woodstock Farmers Market on Sunday, June 7.
A longtime supporter, and now the Board President of the nonprofit market, Karena Gruber, told THE BEE she recalls when then-mayor Sam Adams attended the very first season opening, ten years ago. "And here we are, at the same location, and still going strong, with 20 vendors here today – even though things are a little different now!
"We're creating a welcoming, safe, and still-fun experience of coming to the market, despite some of the changes for social distancing required by the COVID-19 crisis," said Gruber.
Shoppers arriving at the Woodstock Farmers Market this season need to be aware that the "entrance" is now on the S.E. 47th Avenue side of the KeyBank parking lot; the "exit" is on 46th Avenue. "We're taking steps to make sure the market does not get too crowded at any given time; and now our vendors are picking produce for customers to reduce handling," explained Gruber.
Keeping within the guidelines, the market this year doesn't have a dining area, and they ask the hot prepared food you purchase not be eaten at the market, but be taken home to enjoy. They ask that shoppers wear face masks or coverings while in the market.
"New for us this year is that you can 'preorder', and pay for your farm-fresh produce and other products from many of our vendors, using the 'WhatsGood' app – and we'll have it ready to pick up when you come by."
So, stop by; your neighborhood Sunday Woodstock Farmers Market is open and brimming with fresh, minimally handled food, from vendors you trust.
Woodstock Farmers Market
· Every Sunday through October 25
· Open 10 AM 2 PM
· Behind KeyBank, between S.E. 46th and 47th Avenues
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