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More organics come to Woodstock Farmers Market

DAVID F. ASHTON - Woodstock Farmers Market Manager Emily Murnen greets new organic produce vendor Tayne Reeve with Fiddlehead Farms.   Market Woodstock_006.jpg  Photo by David F. Ashton  Jason Baker selects fresh produce from Troutdale-based Winters Farms at Woodstocks first Farmers Market of the season. Pent-up demand for al fresco grocery shopping in Woodstock was evident on the sunny Sunday morning of June 5, as neighbors began gathering in the KeyBank parking lot on Woodstock Boulevard, before the opening bell signaling the opening of the 2016 Woodstock Farmers Market season.

“Even though we have the street banner up over Woodstock, people have been asking for weeks when the market would be open,” remarked Market Manager Emily Murnen, back for her sixth season.

The market kicked off with a “full house” of 34 vendors on opening day. And when a girl, a market visitor, rang the big market bell, customers set out shopping.

“What’s new this year is a new certified organic vendor Fiddlehead Farms, a small family farm located in Corbett,” Murnen announced. “We also have other small farms that grow using organic practices.

“This is important, because one of our purposes is to bring consumers, farmers, and food producers closer together so they can get to know one another,” explained Murnen.

While managers at other farmers markets come and go, as a founder Murnen has been with the Woodstock Farmers Market from the start.

“With me being here there’s a consistency, so I’m able to help the market grow, instead of the market having to initiate a new manager who needs to learn how to do this every couple of years,” Murnen reflected.

“I love it so much because we have so many people who’ve volunteered during all of our seasons, and so many vendors that are coming back for their sixth season here – it’s like a family,” smiled Murnen.

Even with its relatively stable pool of volunteers, the Woodstock Farmers Market is always looking for more people who want to join the “family”, she added.

“It’s always so great to see everyone back after our seven month off-season,” Murnen said. “Our vendors and neighbors help make this a true community gathering place.”

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Woodstock Farmers Market

Sundays, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; June-October

4600 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206

971/208-5522

www.woodstockmarketpdx.com