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Woodstock Farmers Market opens fourth season in showers

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Shane Stonemetz and Nick Bowden from ProFarm Produce from Selah, Washington, pitch their fresh baby asparagus during opening day of the Woodstock Farmers Market. Rain may help crops grow, but the forecast for a wet Sunday on June 1 might have made a few shoppers reluctant to venture out and shop at the first Woodstock Farmers Market of the season.

But, the cool weather and the clouds threatening showers didn’t keep either the vendors – or hundreds of shoppers – from coming out to kick off the fourth season of the outdoor market on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

“It’s a crazy-exciting market here today!” exclaimed Market Manager Emily Murnen. “It's so nice to see so many people, so soon after we open for the season. It shows we have great continued community support for our market.”

Eventually, patches of sunshine did shine through the clouds, leading even more families to make their way into the market to shop from among a full complement of 35 vendors. “Many of our vendors return season after season; and, we’re welcoming some new ones also, which is always fun,” Murnen told THE BEE.

Even with all the stalls filled, there was still plenty of room for people to walk around, sit down to eat, and have a place for little kids to dance in front of the music, Murnen pointed out.

Both she, their Board members, and their vendors are still a little amazed at the “instant success” that the market has achieved, Murnen said. “Woodstock was definitely ready for a farmers market. Since our first opening day, there's been continued support, and growth ever since. It's really nice.”

Over the years, shoppers have been able to establish long-term, trusted relationships with their farmers, producers, and prepared food vendors, observed Murnen. “And, it’s so much fun to come out and see your neighbors who, during the winter, tend to ‘hibernate’ inside.”

The manager made a point of thanking their board members and volunteers – as well as their “host”, KeyBank, for the continued use of their parking lot each Sunday.

INFO BOX

Woodstock Farmers Market

4600 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard

Every Sunday, June 1 – October 26

10 am until 2 pm

Website:

>www.woodstockmarketpdx.com

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