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Produce is the star at Woodstock Farmers Market

Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Market Manager Emily Murnen spends a moment with Mark Bassik of Flying Onion Farm in Oregon City.On any Sunday morning, the KeyBank parking lot is filled with activity as the Woodstock Farmers Market continues this summer. Such was the case when THE BEE visited on August 3.

“It's the middle of our season, and we’re at the height of the produce season,” said Market Manager Emily Murnen. “All of the vendors’ stalls are laden with wonderful fresh veggies and fruits.”

Now in its fourth year, the Woodstock Sunday marketplace is filled with about 35 vendors each week which provide a wide variety of fresh, prepared, and freshly-cooked foods for the approximately 2,000 shoppers who stop by each week.

“What shoppers are telling is that they really like being able to talk to the food people who are growing, producing, or preparing the food available here,” Murnen said. “They’re able to ask questions and learn from our vendors, who they find really care about their products. That’s because the shoppers say they care about what foods they are putting in their bodies.

“And it is a community thing; as they have the chance to talk with neighbors and friends they’ve met here over the years,” Murnen continued. “And there are a lot of families who come for the kids’ activities and the music. There are so many things to come for – all put together, it makes a wonderful market.”

Having a wide variety of vendors is also a draw, she said. “In terms of stall-space allocation, we have about a third of them being used by fruit and produce vendors, a quarter for prepared foods, and the remainder for hot foods and other products.”

Market visitors from afar tell Murnen they’re surprised at the vibrancy of this young farmers market. “Just a few minutes ago, someone said they were surprised that this is just our fourth season. It seems like we've been open for so much longer, because the community has embraced it so well, as have the vendors.”

Woodstock Farmers Market

4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard

Every Sunday, June 1 – October 26

10 am until 2 pm

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