This Week at the Market: July 12th

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Eats

Bright red cherries.There continues to be a bounty of vegetables and fruits at the market each Sunday including tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, summer squash, and this week you will also spy some corn as well. If you were there last week, you will have noticed our new bubble tea and pizza vendors.

Kiyokawa Orchards returns to the market this week with dark sweet cherries and tart pie cherries, and you can also add to your basket apricots, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

Don’t forget to bring your favorite kitchen knives and/or tools to Dragonfly Forge this Sunday for knife and tool sharpening.

For a complete list of vendors, visit our market map.

Become a Volunteer

We could not hold the market each week if it wasn’t for amazing volunteers. They are the one’s who help us setup and teardown each Sunday and who greet you when you enter the market. We are in the need for a few more people to join our group of dedicated volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out our brief Volunteer Form.

Safety Guidelines

We will continue to do everything we can to make our market the safest source of fresh, local food possible, but we need your help to make that happen. Please check out our website for a complete list of the policy changes that we have implemented as well as what we asking of you, our shoppers.

Pre-Order

If you are interested in preordering, check out our website on how to preorder with your favorite vendors.


Written by Emily Murnen, WFM Market Manager

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This Week at the Market: July 5th

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Eats

Bunches of sweet, crisp carrots.One of my favorite things about summer is using our barbecue on a regular basis. Fortunately, we have plenty of things that are great for grilling, and this weekend’s weather is forecasted to be perfect for a BBQ. Come to the market to stock up on hamburgers, sausages, squash, asparagus, potatoes, onions, and greens. We also have plenty of fruit for dessert including cherries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and apricots.

You will also see two new vendors at the market: Fat Straw selling bubble tea and Il Pizzaiolo with several types of artisan pizza sold by the slice.

For a complete list of vendors, visit our market map.

Become a Volunteer

We could not hold the market each week if it wasn’t for amazing volunteers. They are the one’s who help us setup and teardown each Sunday and who greet you when you enter the market. We are in the need for a few more people to join our group of dedicated volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out our brief Volunteer Form.

Safety Guidelines

We will continue to do everything we can to make our market the safest source of fresh, local food possible, but we need your help to make that happen. Please check out our website for a complete list of the policy changes that we have implemented as well as what we asking of you, our shoppers.

Pre-Order

If you are interested in preordering, check out our website on how to preorder with your favorite vendors.


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This Week at the Market: June 28th

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Eats

Pints of raspberries and blueberries.As we move into late-June, our vendors continue to offer an abundance of fruit at the market including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and apricots. You will find a colorful array of veggies at the market including beets, spring onions, carrots, new potatoes, summer squash, and green beans.

Don’t forget to bring your favorite kitchen knives and/or tools to Dragonfly Forge this Sunday for knife and tool sharpening.

For a complete list of vendors, visit our market map.

Become a Volunteer

We could not hold the market each week if it wasn’t for amazing volunteers. They are the one’s who help us setup and teardown each Sunday and who greet you when you enter the market. We are in the need for a few more people to join our group of dedicated volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out our brief Volunteer Form.

Safety Guidelines

We will continue to do everything we can to make our market the safest source of fresh, local food possible, but we need your help to make that happen. Please check out our website for a complete list of the policy changes that we have implemented as well as what we asking of you, our shoppers.

Pre-Order

If you are interested in preordering, check out our website on how to preorder with your favorite vendors.


Written by Emily Murnen, WFM Market Manager

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This Week at the Market: June 21st

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Eats

Multi-colored beans.Not sure what to get your father for Father’s Day? You can’t go wrong with making him a good meal from your favorite farmers market. There will be plenty of ingredients for grilling including sausages, hamburger, summer squash and asparagus. You will also be able to pick up some multi-colored beans with some flowers for the centerpiece. For dessert, you can make a strawberry and rhubarb crisp or a cherry pie.

If you haven’t picked up your plant starts yet, it’s not too late! Whether you want to plant tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, herbs, broccoli, fennel, squash or cucumbers, we’ve got you covered!

For a complete list of vendors, visit our market map.

Preorder

You can now preorder directly from several Woodstock Farmers Market vendors through the WhatsGood app! We accept credit cards, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), and Double Up Food Bucks as payment. Products now available for preorder include garlic, lettuce, plant starts, kombucha, and much more! More vendors are joining the app soon.

If you are interested in preordering, check out our website on how to preorder with your favorite vendors.

Safety Precautions at the Market

We will continue to do everything we can to make our market the safest source of fresh, local food possible, but we need your help to make that happen. In addition to the policy changes that we are implementing, we’re asking the following of our customers:

  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6’ between yourself and other shoppers, vendors, and staff
  • Hand-washing and hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the market — please use them before & after shopping
  • Eating at the market is not permitted — all foods are to-go only
  • Consider online ordering from your favorite vendors to limit the amount of time at the market
  • Send only one member of your household to shop at the market, if possible
  • Come prepared with a list of items to decrease the amount of time spent at the market
  • After completing your purchases, please do not linger in the market space
  • Wear masks while at the market
  • Read signage at market and follow instructions — there will be entrances and exits to booths, and limits to the number of people who can be in a booth at one time
  • Please do not come to the Farmers’ Market if you are sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19

Check out our website for a complete list of safety precautions.


Written by Emily Murnen, WFM Market Manager

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This Week at the Market: June 14th

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the opening day of the market despite the rainy weather. It was so great to see all of you come out to support our vendors. Please tag us in any market photos or food photos made with market ingredients that you post on Facebook or Instagram. We love staying connected with our community!

Eats

Fresh, ruby-red strawberries.We will have more delicious fruits and veggies this week including strawberries, rhubarb, broccoli, squash, green beans, asparagus and more. In addition to our returning vendors, this week we are joined by Albeke Farm and Fulton Family Farm, which will mean even more delicious fruit at the market.

For a complete list of vendors and to find out where your favorite vendor will be this week, visit our market map.

Knife and Tool Sharpening

Have you let your knives and tools get dull over the winter? You deserve sharp knives to cut all the herbs and vegetables from the farmers market. Bring your favorite kitchen knives and/or tools to Dragonfly Forge this Sunday for sharpening. You can even pre-order the sharpening services, and if the knives aren’t ready by the time you are leaving the market, he will deliver them to your home!

Preorder

You can now preorder directly from several Woodstock Farmers Market vendors through the WhatsGood app! We accept credit cards, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), and Double Up Food Bucks as payment. Products now available for preorder include garlic, lettuce, plant starts, kombucha, and much more! More vendors are joining the app soon.

If you are interested in preordering, check out our website on how to preorder with your favorite vendors.

New Market Layout

Map of market entrance and exit.
Operating the Woodstock Farmers Market in a safe way is our top priority, which is why we are implementing a dedicated entrance and a dedicated exit this year. Our entrance will be on SE 47th, and the line will wrap around on Woodstock. Shoppers will be able to exit the market on Woodstock.

View larger map

Safety Precautions at the Market

Having a dedicated entrance & exit is just one of the safety measures we are implementing. Additional measures include:

  • Limiting the number of shoppers in the market at one time
  • Increasing the space between booths to encourage social distancing
  • Requiring personal protective equipment for staff, volunteers, and vendors
  • Requiring hot food to be take-out only — no eating at the market
  • Removing all tables and seating
  • Requiring vendors to have hand sanitizer or hand washing station available at checkout
  • Canceling music, kids program, community/sponsor booths, and special events until further notice
  • Requiring sick staff, vendors and customers to stay home and not attend market

Check out our website for a complete list of safety precautions.

We will continue to do everything we can to make our market the safest source of fresh, local food possible, but we need your help to make that happen. In addition to the policy changes that we are implementing, we’re asking the following of our customers:

  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6’ between yourself and other shoppers, vendors, and staff
  • Hand-washing and hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the market — please use them before & after shopping
  • Eating at the market is not permitted — all foods are to-go only
  • Consider online ordering from your favorite vendors to limit the amount of time at the market
  • Send only one member of your household to shop at the market, if possible
  • Come prepared with a list of items to decrease the amount of time spent at the market
  • After completing your purchases, please do not linger in the market space
  • Wear masks while at the market
  • Read signage at market and follow instructions — there will be entrances and exits to booths, and limits to the number of people who can be in a booth at one time
  • Please do not come to the Farmers’ Market if you are sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19

Written by Emily Murnen, WFM Market Manager

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This Week at the Market: June 7th

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The Woodstock Farmers Market staff and board are so excited for opening day this Sunday, June 7th! While the market looks a lot different this season, our commitment to providing our community with the opportunity purchase local foods from our amazing vendors remains the same.

Eats

There will be limited amounts of strawberries at the market, and you will also find greens, rhubarb, asparagus, potatoes, meat, eggs and so much more. In addition to your favorite returning vendors, we are joined by Little Sun Farm a Native owned farm that grows a wide variety of cooking and salad greens, roots and culinary herbs, as well as the classic favorites (tomatoes, peas, beans, cucumber, etc.).

Due to social distancing, our vendors are much more spaced out, and some vendors are in different spots.

For a complete list of vendors, visit our market map.

Veggie Starts

It’s June, which means it’s time to fill up your raised garden beds with veggies to enjoy throughout the summer. Mountainside Herbal Nursery and Amica Farm will have starts on Opening Day. Whether you want to plant tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, herbs, broccoli, fennel, squash or cucumbers, we’ve got you covered!

Preorder

You can now preorder directly from several Woodstock Farmers Market vendors through the WhatsGood app! We accept credit cards, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), and Double Up Food Bucks as payment. Products now available for preorder include garlic, lettuce, plant starts, kombucha, and much more! More vendors are joining the app soon.

If you are interested in preordering, check out our website on how to preorder with your favorite vendors.

New Market Layout

Map of market entrance and exit.Operating the Woodstock Farmers Market in a safe way is our top priority, which is why we are implementing a dedicated entrance and a dedicated exit this year. Our entrance will be on SE 47th, and the line will wrap around on Woodstock. Shoppers will be able to exit the market on Woodstock.

View larger map

Safety Precautions at the Market

Having a dedicated entrance & exit is just one of the safety measures we are implementing. Additional measures include:

  • Limiting the number of shoppers in the market at one time
  • Increasing the space between booths to encourage social distancing
  • Requiring personal protective equipment for staff, volunteers, and vendors
  • Requiring hot food to be take-out only — no eating at the market
  • Removing all tables and seating
  • Requiring vendors to pre-bag produce to eliminate scales and weighing
  • Requiring vendors to have hand sanitizer or hand washing station available at checkout
  • Canceling music, kids program, community/sponsor booths, and special events until further notice
  • Requiring sick staff, vendors and customers to stay home and not attend market

Check out our website for a complete list of safety precautions.

We will continue to do everything we can to make our market the safest source of fresh, local food possible, but we need your help to make that happen. In addition to the policy changes that we are implementing, we’re asking the following of our customers:

  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6’ between yourself and other shoppers, vendors, and staff
  • Do not touch any products! Vendors will select the items for you
  • Hand-washing and hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the market — please use them before & after shopping
  • Eating at the market is not permitted — all foods are to-go only
  • Consider online ordering from your favorite vendors to limit the amount of time at the market
  • Send only one member of your household to shop at the market, if possible
  • Come prepared with a list of items to decrease the amount of time spent at the market
  • After completing your purchases, please do not linger in the market space
  • Wear masks while at the market
  • Read signage at market and follow instructions — there will be entrances and exits to booths, and limits to the number of people who can be in a booth at one time
  • Please do not come to the Farmers’ Market if you are sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19

We are excited to see you (with masks on!) on opening day!


Written by Emily Murnen, WFM Market Manager

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WFM Opens Next Week!!

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The Woodstock Farmers Market’s Opening Day is on Sunday, June 7th, and even though the market looks a bit different this year, we are still so excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to shop with our amazing vendors.

2020 Vendors

Speaking of vendors…many of your favorite vendors are returning this season, and we are pleased to welcome some exciting, new vendors this year. Visit our website for a complete list and description of this season’s vendors

Preordering

You can now preorder directly from several Woodstock Farmers Market vendors through the WhatsGood app! We accept credit cards, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), and Double Up Food Bucks as payment. Products now available for preorder include garlic, lettuce, plant starts, kombucha, and much more! More vendors are joining the app soon.

If you are interested in preordering, check out our website on how to preorder with your favorite vendors.

New Market Layout

Map of market entrance and exit.

Operating the Woodstock Farmers Market in a safe way is our top priority, which is why we are implementing a dedicated entrance and a dedicated exit this year. Our entrance will be on SE 47th, and the line will wrap around on Woodstock. Shoppers will be able to exit the market on Woodstock.

View larger map

New Safety Guidelines

Having a dedicated entrance & exit is just one of the safety measures we are implementing. You can read about what we are doing to help keep everyone safe on our satefy guidelines.

We will continue to do everything we can to make our market the safest source of fresh, local food possible, but we need your help to make that happen. In addition to the policy changes that we are implementing, we’re asking the following of our customers:

  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6′ between yourself and other shoppers, vendors, and staff
  • Do not touch any products! Vendors will select the items for you
  • Hand-washing and hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the market — please use them before & after shopping
  • Eating at the market is not permitted — all foods are to-go only
  • Consider online ordering from your favorite vendors to limit the amount of time at the market
  • Send only one member of your household to shop at the market, if possible
  • Come prepared with a list of items to decrease the amount of time spent at the market
  • After completing your purchases, please do not linger in the market space
  • Wear masks while at the market
  • Read signage at market and follow instructions — there will be entrances and exits to booths, and limits to the number of people who can be in a booth at one time
  • Please do not come to the Farmers’ Market if you are sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19

Double Up Food Bucks

We have been offering SNAP matching since the 2012 season, helping an average of 40 households every week! Double Up Food Bucks (our SNAP matching program) helps those who need it most with gaining access to fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms right here in Oregon. With the help of the Farmers Market Fund and generous donations from many of you, we are able to offer $10 SNAP matching again this season.

We look forward to seeing you on opening day on Sunday, June 7th!


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Woodstock Farmers Market Update and GoFundMe Drive!

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Our plans for 2020

The Woodstock Farmers Market board has decided to implement an online pre-order system along with enforcing social distancing measures at the market for the 2020 season. The order-ahead process will enable shorter shopping times at the market, and the social distancing measures will enable shoppers to purchase fresh produce while keeping the vendors, staff, and shoppers safe. We will keep you informed about exactly what the social distancing measures are as well as how to order online in future newsletters.

We need your help!

As you know COVID-19 continues to impact local businesses, many of them in our neighborhood. In past years it is the generous support from these businesses that typically keeps our market running. However the pandemic has understandably left some feeling uncertain about the near future. Therefore they are unable to contribute as much this season.

The Woodstock Farmers Market is an essential business, and we need YOUR help now more than ever to uphold our mission of providing access to fresh, quality produce, to all in a safe and welcoming communal environment.

We have launched an individual donor campaign through GoFundMe — Save the Woodstock Farmers Market! If you are able to, please donate today to make our 10th season in Woodstock a reality. We’d also greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about our GoFundMe campaign on social media!

If you have any questions about our 2020 season or about the GoFundMe campaign, you can email us at info@woodstockmarketpdx.com.

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WFM Update — March 28, 2020

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Woodstock Farmers Market prioritizes the health and safety of all vendors, customers and staff.  Farmers markets are essential places of business, and we intend to continue with that foundation as the cornerstone of our organization.

As of March 28th, we plan to open the Woodstock Farmers Market as regularly scheduled, on Sunday, June 7th. As you know, things are changing daily during this uncertain and unprecedented time and those changes outside of our control may influence the market’s timeline. That said, we are committed to opening the market on time and adhering to the best practices regarding health, sanitation and safety.

With close attention to state and federal guidelines, WFM is prepared to serve the vendors and shoppers of our community in a critical time of need to operate a safe and successful market for all.

We are in close communication with other farmers markets in the area to learn what tactics and strategies they  are implementing to keep their farmers market safe during this time so we can best serve our community through the season.

We are currently seeking funding from the State of Oregon as well as support from individual donors and business sponsorships. Please donate (any amount helps!).

We will regularly provide updates on what we are doing to ensure a healthy and robust farmers market. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram, subscribe to our newsletter, or email us at info@woodstockmarketpdx.com if you have any questions or concerns.

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Job Opportunity: Volunteer and Token Coordinator

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The Woodstock Farmers Market, a 503(c)(6) nonprofit, is looking for a Volunteer & Token Coordinator. The Volunteer & Token Coordinator is part of a small team that keeps the market running! The focus of the position is on recruiting volunteers and building and managing positive engaging relationships with the volunteer community.

The Volunteer & Token Coordinator is present at the weekly Sunday market ensuring volunteers are engaged in set up, managing booths, and tear down. This is a part-time, seasonal, remote work position. The position is from late May through October, with additional hours in November. Average hours per week is 18 which includes 8 hours every Sunday at the Market. To apply, send resume and cover letter to karena@woodstockmarketpdx.com.

Job Summary

The Woodstock Farmers Market Volunteer and Token Coordinator manages the volunteer program, oversees the script/token program (including vendor payments and SNAP Match tracking), and oversees general supplies for the market. The Volunteer Coordinator works at the market each Sunday from approximately 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., engaging closely with the Market Manager.

General Duties

  • Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers at the market. Maintain and update current volunteer database
  • Establish a strong, engaging relationship with volunteers
  • Organize and maintain the token/script program, including the Point of Sale (POS) card machine and three token currencies
  • Track weekly sales of SNAP, Credit, Debit and other currency (like OHSU Food Rx) in tokens spreadsheet
  • Track monthly sales of SNAP and SNAP Matching tokens and remaining matching funds
  • Work with Market Manager to maintain equipment
  • Identify and/or create needed on-site informational materials
  • Maintain the merchandise inventory, and coordinate with graphic designer and the Board for replacements
  • Track crowd counts and share with Market Manager and Board
  • Coordinate marketing efforts with Board Marketing Chair including targeted outreach, neighborhood flyering and social media
  • Help plan and execute special event days with Market Manager and Board

Pre-Season Duties

  • Schedule and conduct volunteer orientation, usually the second week of May
  • Coordinate with volunteers to pass out official posters in neighborhood
  • Prepare/update volunteer orientation handouts, FAQs, liability forms, and schedules
  • Identify and purchase needed equipment and supplies
  • Establish (or maintain) account with a merchant service provider to handle card transactions

In-Season Duties

  • Recruit volunteers for ongoing market activities and special events
  • Update and maintain volunteer instructions, including setup instructions and SNAP/Debit token instructions
  • Work with Board to recognize volunteer work
  • Coordinate distribution of special event posters and fliers with volunteers and Board
  • Deposit cash sales of merchandise, tokens, and donations
  • Maintain merchant service provider account; confirm fees with bookkeeper
  • Maintain POS machine by charging and testing the machine the night before each market. Be aware of any mandatory updates to machine to avoid delays at market
  • Ensure that the market equipment is ready for each week’s market and repair and replace as needed
  • Provide back-up support as needed to the Market Manager

Market Day

  • Guide volunteers in market duties, including setup, token booth, Kids Passport, Info booth, floaters, and breakdown
  • Update equipment map and tent plan, coordinate with graphic designer as necessary
  • Supervise packing of the shed at the end of the day. Have a plan for rainy days
  • Supervise the SNAP/Debit booth and troubleshoot any problems
  • Supervise merchandise sales and maintain an inventory on all merchandise
  • Supervise crowd counts
  • Help to resolve issues and questions that arise from customers or volunteers in a respectful and timely manner\
  • Work with Market Manager to resolve immediate issues at the market
  • Take home tokens for vendor reimbursement, unsold tokens, and card machine at the end of each market

After the Market Season

  • Be sure all equipment is dry, clean, and stored for the following season
  • Complete tracking of volunteer hours
  • Prepare end-of-season Board report with successes, suggestions for improvements, and other considerations for the following year’s market
  • Prepare merchandise report with sales totals and suggestions
  • Prepare recommended equipment purchase report for the Board

Hours and Pay Schedule

This part-time, seasonal position is calculated at approximately 18 hours per week during the market season: 8 hours each Sunday of the market and 10 hours during the week for counting tokens, recording financials, coordinating volunteers and equipment and monthly Board meetings. Additional hours may be required for the Volunteer and Vendor events in May and leading up to each special event day for logistics planning, extra equipment layout, and additional volunteer coordinating.

This is a part-time, seasonal position. The Volunteer and Token Coordinator is expected to be at the market every Sunday through the full market season.

Essential Functions

  • Lift, push, pull up to 50lbs on a regular basis
  • Standing/walking for extended periods of time
  • Regular and reliable access to computer and internet
  • Basic computer literacy including competency with google docs and Excel spreadsheets
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Able to maintain a positive demeanor in all kinds of weather
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