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It's the time of year when Farmers Markets close down till spring...but some have been very successful, like this one


DAVID F. ASHTON - Working the grill is Charles Maes, owner of Canby Asparagus Farm Tamales, who reminds shoppers theyre open year-around in downtown Milwaukie at their restaurant, Casa de Tamales. Established in 2011, the Woodstock Farmers Market has been a success from its first day – when then-Mayor Sam Adams rang the opening bell.

"This year was great!" enthused Market Manager Emily Murnen, just before sounding the closing bell for the 2016 season on October 30.

Although weekend rains slowed their business during our very wet October, as many as 2,000 shoppers made their way to the market week after week, not including children, Murnen said.

"It's reassuring to see that our numbers of shoppers were up slightly from previous years, giving us very consistent growth," Murnen told THE BEE. "Our farm vendors told us they did a little better this season than they've done during past seasons – and about 80% of them say they already want to come back next year."

They're thankful for their host, Woodstock KeyBank, upon whose parking lot the market takes place every midday Sunday in season – as well as their sponsors and volunteers, she added. "It's wonderful to see the community come out and support the market for five months out of the year; I'll miss seeing them all winter long. But we will be back during the first week in June of 2017," she said.

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