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Woodstock Farmers Market celebrates second successful season

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Dressed for the Halloween-themed final Woodstock Farmers Market, 'Lil Devil' Virginia Petersen welcomes those attending.After providing farm fresh fruits and vegetables for an extended 23 week season, the Woodstock Farmers Market held the last regular Sunday session of its second year on October 28th.

“This season has been really great,” Woodstock Farmers Market Manager Emily Murnen told THE BEE. “We had a really steady number of visitors each week.”

Her measure of a good season is having consistent crowd counts, Murnen explained. “On average, 1,800 to 2,000 people came to shop each week – which puts us on a par with well-established markets. And, our vendors are happy, and are saying they like to see the high level of enthusiasm shoppers have for this market in their neighborhood.”

The combination of the Woodstock neighborhood being “really ready for the market”, and of having 30 vendors selling a variety of quality products – plus lots of volunteers – have made this farmers market a success, Murnen said. “It’s great that the community is supporting our market.”

And, due to popular demand, Murnen added, they scheduled a “Holiday” market on November 18, at the same location.

“We will definitely be back next year,” she smiled.

To find out when they’ll be opening next year, or to volunteer to help set up for the 2013 season, go online to: HYPERLINK "http://www.woodstockmarketpdx.com" www.woodstockmarketpdx.com