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The Woodstock Farmers Market ends its regular 'every Sunday' season with a Hallowe'en theme

DAVID F. ASHTON - Merrily costumed as their favorite farm characters - or produce - at the October 31st market, were Woodstock Farmers Market Manager Lucinda Klicker (in the middle), flanked by Board member Peggy McCafferty (left), and Volunteer and Community Coordinator Grace Littig. The last Sunday Market for the regular season of the Woodstock Farmers Market fell on October 31 – yes, Hallow'en! – this year.

As on their other market Sundays, it was abuzz with activity as neighbors went from vendor to vendor, looking for fresh produce, prepared foods, and ready-to-eat meals and treats.

"This closes our 11th season – and, it's been fantastic!" enthused new Market Manager Lucinda Klicker, not long after the opening bell. "Thanks to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we had a full complement of about 26 vendors per market day, which means we were able to welcome even more new vendors during our 2021 season."

Typically the market features eight farmer/growers, in addition to bakeries, meat providers, and prepared-food vendors. "We still kept it really safe, with masks being required, and enforcing 'social spacing' – all while still providing fun activities!" Klicker pointed out.

This year, each four-hour Sunday market, held on the parking lot of the Woodstock KeyBank, saw between 800 and 1,200 shoppers coming in, Klicker disclosed.

A highlight of the year, she reported, was that the market was able to provide an up to $20 SNAP food assistance match – that's double what they could offer in past years, thanks to donors, supporters of the market during "Woodstock Gives Back" in September, and – in bursary provided by the "Farmers Market Fund".

"Again this year, we're grateful for Woodstock KeyBank for hosting our market," Klicker said. "The best thing is the support that we see from the community every single market day; it's wonderful," Klicker said. "We expect all of our vendors coming back in 2022."

Although Hallowe'en did end their regular season, Woodstock Farmers Market hosted one more special "Harvest Market" on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 21.

Stay in touch with the market, even in the off-season, by visiting their website – www.woodstockmarketpdx.com


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