For the first time in our lifetime, the Woodstock Farmers Market will be closed to the public for reasons out of their control.
WOODSTOCK - For the first time in our lifetime, the Woodstock Farmers Market will be closed to the public for reasons out of their control.
The Market does close once or twice a year, because of planned events, but never for something like to COVID-19. The Woodstock Farmers market was established in 1853. The Executive members of the Woodstock Agriculture Board made the difficult decision today. The Saturday market will be closed until further notice. The market did stay open this Saturday after being deemed an essential service.
In a statement the Board of Directors issued the following message to customers and vendors"
"To our customers, the long-term ones and the ones we just met over the last 2 weeks, we wish you the best during the uncertainty of the next weeks and months.
We wish to thank our dedicated vendors. Despite the risk to themselves over the last 2 weeks, they showed up to ensure that Woodstock and the surrounding area still had access to the basic food items during this time of uncertainty.
During the market closure, several of our vendors have arranged alternative methods to access their products. The vendors who will be offering alternatives will soon be listed on the Woodstock Farmers’ Market Facebook Page as well as the Instagram account.
We will announce our plans to reopen the market on our social media sites, please check them weekly. Until we can meet again at the Market, stay safe and stay healthy."
First Vice President of the Board of Directors Denise Alexander explains why they made this decision.
"The safety of our vendors and our customers was paramount in this decision, with the pandemic numbers forecasting to be increasing daily, we thought it would probably be best to close the vendor. Most of of our vendors are offering alternative services available during this time, whether or not it's delivery or store fronts, things like that."