Friday, October 23, 2009

Farmers' Market - #1 in Illinois

Following is an emailed message from Keith Johnson, Market Manager of the Woodstock Farmers' Market. If you would like to receive emails about the Farmers' Market directly from Keith, please let him know at

"Hello. Well, another season is winding down. The last day of our market will be on Saturday, October 31st, and as usual, our market is open from 8 until 1. The last day will be special as the market is giving away 25 pumpkins to the first 25 children who ask for them. The market will also have Halloween candy available for those trick or treaters who happen by. It is our way of saying thank you. We have encouraged vendors to wear costumes, but they are not mandatory, so we will see what we get.

"The market grew again this year, and as always, we have kept our growth to producers. We pride ourselves on that, and know it is appreciated from the many positive comments we have received. The Woodstock Farmers Market Board is exploring the possibility of a monthly winter market, and if it happens, I will be sending out information as soon as I have it. It is still just an idea, but one that the board feels may have merit.

"We also thank the city for its support of our market. Our market ended up being the number one market in Illinois in the “love your market survey.” So we also appreciate your support in that. It has been a very good year."

If you'd like to see a monthly winter market, let Keith know. Remember that it's a lot of work and time for the vendors and the producers. If you say you want a winter market, be sure to show up and buy.

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