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City teams up with ROBC Holy Trinity Private School to develop regular summer events.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - A glimpse of what the Woodburn farmers market may look like was provided during the 2021 Fiesta Mexicana when vendors from the ROBC Holy Trinity School set up shop at Downtown Plaza.While there have been many successful festive events to unfold in Woodburn's Downtown Plaza, for whatever reason, a healthy farmers market is not among them.

Woodburn Community Services Director Jesse Cuomo said recently that the city has plans in the works to change that, and those plans have Woodburn City Council's blessing.

"The city provides a wide array of successful events including Fiesta Mexicana, July 4th Celebration, Taste of Woodburn, Music in the Park," Cuomo told the council in a written report. "One event in which city staff have not seen consistent success is a Farmers Market. Over the past 10 years, the city has placed multiple efforts into establishing a successful Farmers Market Program. These efforts included dedicated staff, grant funding and many community partnerships. PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Vendors from the ROBC Holy Trinity School set up in Woodburn's Downtown Plaza during the 2021 Fiesta Mexicana. The city of Woodburn has partnered with the group to establish a consistent farmers market in town.

"Although much effort has been placed into a successful Farmers Market, the city has not seen the success it has seen in its other events," he wrote.

One key partnership could change that.

Cuomo said city staff visited with organizers of the ROBC Holy Trinity Private School, which has enjoyed tremendous success in conducting farmers markets, leveraging that success into tuition help for students at the school, located in rural Silverton, roughly the North Howell area.

Holy Trinity organizers approached the city, and city staff visited the school to check out its farmers market. They liked what they saw.

"It was one of those really exciting moments," Cuomo said.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Vendors from the ROBC Holy Trinity School set up in Woodburn's Downtown Plaza during the 2021 Fiesta Mexicana. The city of Woodburn has partnered with the group to establish a consistent farmers market in town.

One of the market organizers, Anna Kasachev, spoke with the City Council and Cuomo on May 9 Cuomo to discuss plans to bring the market to Woodburn. She said various types of vendors should be included, such as artisans, fresh produce sellers and possibly even a pony-ride feature.

Attendees of the downtown Woodburn portion of the 2021 Fiesta Mexicana received a glimpse of the offerings that Holy Trinity has as they had a strong, farmers-market presence in the Downtown Plaza. The city will furnish similar space for the market this summer, along with Daliah Park, the pocket park located across the street, and storage space at the Woodburn Public Library.

Current plans call for between six and eight farmers market events between June and August.

"In seeing the high-quality events that they hosted, staff recommends expanding and formalizing the partnership with the ROBC Holy Trinity School to continue to host weekly farmers markets from June through August to expand the services and offerings within the city of Woodburn and its community," Cuomo said.

To the council he added: "So, to have someone to come alongside of us and bring an awesome service to downtown has been great."

The City Council agreed.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Vendors from the ROBC Holy Trinity School set up in Woodburn's Downtown Plaza during the 2021 Fiesta Mexicana. The city of Woodburn has partnered with the group to establish a consistent farmers market in town.


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