Pandemic doesn't hurt Woodstock Farmers Market's season
The parking lot behind the Woodstock KeyBank was alive with Sunday morning activity on October 25 – the last day of the 10th season of the Woodstock Farmers Market.
There weren't the typical Hallowe'en festivities and costume parade this year, due to ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus concerns – but the brisk air kept shoppers moving vendor-to-vendor, selecting their produce and food items for the day.
"Just like all the other markets (and businesses), we did face some challenges due to the pandemic – however, under the circumstances, this still ended up being a great season," summarized WFM Market Manager Emily Murnen with a smile. "We were able to fulfill our mission of connecting local farms and small businesses with our community, and our community was so supportive, as always."
This year, on the average Sunday, the Market welcomed about 1,100 folks shopping with their some 20 vendors. That is down from their typical count of 1,800 weekly visitors in years past, Murnen conceded. "But, while our crowd counts were as little lower due to our request to have only one person per family, our vendors still did well – in fact, more than half of our returning vendors actually had higher sales this season than they had in past seasons!"
With strong neighborhood demand for the Market, they're already looking forward to their 2021 season. "90% of our vendors say they're planning to return next season," reported Murnen. "We are also looking for Board Members, so if anyone would like to support our nonprofit market as a Board Member, they can go to our website to learn more.
"As always, the Market is grateful to KeyBank for providing our weekly market space, as well as for continued support from the Woodstock neighborhood."
The Woodstock Farmers Market did plan a return for one last "Pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market" on November 22, in which neighbors were able to shop for fresh and prepared foods for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Learn more about the Woodstock Farmers Market by visiting their website: woodstockfarmersmarket.com
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