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The nonprofit Woodstock Farmers Market concludes another successful season; prepares for next one

DAVID F. ASHTON - Happy to be shopping at the last Woodstock Farmers Market of the season were Colin Allrich and Rachel Desilets; here, they were buying from Greenville Farms. The Woodstock Farmers Market burgeoned with shoppers visiting a full complement of vendors on its last regular day of the season, on October 29.

"Oh my gosh, this market has had a great season – and yes, I know I say that every year – but this year, even more so!" chirped the first, original, and only Market Manager – Emily Murnen.

"It's wonderful seeing the community coming out every week for the last seven seasons, but especially rewarding on the last day this year – and it's our first 'Hallowe'en market' when it wasn't raining!" Murnen told THE BEE with a big smile.

Feedback from the 35 or so regular weekly vendors has been very positive all season long she said. "One of our farm vendors said our market has been a 'life-changing thing' for them, because they were able to hire on an employee, and buy some equipment, because of how well the community is supporting them here at this market every Sunday," reported Murnen.

About 90% of their vendors have already signed up for the 2018 season she said; some of those not returning have said they're simply shifting their business model away from farmers markets.

"With 1,500 to 2,000 people coming weekly, I would consider this a mature farmers market now," Murnen commented. "And, what helps is that we have a very strong volunteer base; many of them of been with us since the very beginning," she added.

"The vendors, our volunteers, and I will miss our weekly get-togethers, but we're already planning to make the 2018 season better than ever," Murnen said.

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