We are excited to announce that this Saturday, May 29th, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be joining us at the market! Driven by Woodstock’s very own Katie Ferguson!
Katie, AKA Ketchup Katie, was recruited to become a Hotdogger at the University of Missouri during her senior year of college. Each year Oscar Mayer hires 12 recent college grads to drive the Wienermobile on a coast-to-coast wienie roast! Katie was lucky enough to “cut the mustard” out of 4,000 applicants. Accompanied by her partner, Zach ‘N Cheese, they have been on the road for a whole year, traveling to a new city every week to do events and special experiences with the Wienermobile.
“What I enjoyed the most was meeting people across the country and seeing that we’re all pretty similar in one way or another whether you live in Utah, Oklahoma, or Ohio. Everyone loves the Wienermobile and the joy it brings is unparalleled!” -Katie
Her year has come to an end, and she wants to drive home her season at one of her favorite hometown venues… the Woodstock Farmers Market! We are honored to have her join us that day! We hope you will all come out to help give her a send-off to remember!
We are excited to announce that we were awarded a grant from LINK Up Illinois!
Through the LINK Match program we are able to match LINK dollars spent at the market. This is a wonderful program for our community!
If you are a LINK recipient be sure to stop by our information booth at the market before you begin your shopping. Beginning April 17th we will be matching up to $25 in LINK Match coupons!
Link Match is brought to you by Link Up Illinois.
Link Up Illinois is making healthy, local, farm-fresh foods more affordable and accessible by doubling the value of Link purchases at farmers markets, farm stands, food co-ops, and independent grocery and corner stores across Illinois.
We hope you will all join us in welcoming our new market manager, Jim Kurczodyna, to the Woodstock Farmers Market team!
As many of you know, Keith Johnson is one of the reasons the Woodstock Farmers Market has grown into the award winning market that it is. He helped build the market from the ground up, and his passion to see the market thrive has been key. While we hate to see him step down, we understand that it is time for him to take a step back from the intense job of managing a market that continues to grow. We are excited that he will still remain with the market as a vendor, and we know he will do a great job of training his replacement.
We were delighted to find an applicant that has a passion for farming, agriculture, healthy food, and the health of the land! Jim and his family own a small farm in McHenry County. He has worked with gardening, composting, beekeeping, and raising chickens. He hopes to be able to grow his experiences, and we feel his position with our market will be an excellent opportunity for him.
Jim has completed the Stateline Farm Beginnings course through the Angelic Organics Learning Center, and earned his Permaculture Design Certificate through Mastadon Valley Farm. He worked for a year on a 160 acre non-profit farm in west-central Wisconsin. He has experience in construction management, event organization, leading workshops and discussion groups, and providing advice to farmers and landowners as they navigate their search for land or a farm.
In 2019, Jim left a career in construction with a life goal of contributing to the movement to build an agriculture that produces healthy food and rejuvenates the health of the land. We hope that the Woodstock Farmers Market will be integral in helping him reach that goal.
Welcome to the team, Jim!
We are so excited to announce the details of our upcoming market season! We have been hard at work making sure we continue to be an award winning market, and are excited about the changes we are bringing to the market this season.
First off, we are expanding! We have added 7 new vendors to our lineup of local producers, bringing our selection to 48 vendors between our Tuesday and Saturday markets. To accommodate the new additions, while continuing to provide enough space for safe social distancing, we are expanding our area within the square on Saturdays.
We are heading out to the open air market on the square a bit earlier this season to help provide a more safe and comfortable environment for our vendors and customers. Our opening date is Saturday, April 17th! Saturday markets will continue to run weekly through October 23rd, before heading indoors to the fairgrounds. Tuesday markets will not begin until Tuesday, June 1st, and will run weekly through September 28th. Both markets are open from 8 A.M.-1 P.M.
We will continue to have live music! Our musical acts are provided by Off Square, and this year they will be sponsored by Mark Mitchell State Farm Insurance. On Saturdays we will also have story time for the kids at 10:30, brought to you by Read Between the Lynes! We are so thankful for the generous support of the community!
Lists of market dates and bands can be found on our website, as well as our Facebook fan page, so be sure to follow us!
Following is the full list of our 2021 vendors:
|Bridge ‘N Sweets
|Extreme Edge Sharpening
|Glas All Naturals
|Golden Bear Elk
|Gramma Golden Books
|Irisaflower Face Painting
|Jim May Stories
|L’il Layla’s Birdhouses
|Lucky Monkey Candle Co.
|Maija’s Families Foods
|Mavra’s Greek Oil
|May’s Sunnyhill Honey
|Mimi’s Pet Treats
|Prairie Pure Cheese
|River Valley Ranch
|Roedger Bros Blueberries
|Root & Sky Farm
|Soap of the Earth
|The Ark/Mentoring Gardens
|Tom’s Backyard Garden
|Umland’s Crunchy Cheese
|Up in Smoke Creations
|Vivi Ginsberg Smith Pottery
|W&M Land Corp
|Wanderlust Sea Salt
|Windmill Ginger Brew
We are still following all state mandated COVID-19 regulations, and will continue to do so. All vendors are required to wear face protection, and we ask that our customers do to. Be sure to follow the recommended 6 foot social distance requirement, and limit the amount of people in your group at this time. Please do not touch any of the products, vendors will assist you with your purchases. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided. If you do not feel well, please stay home. You can check out the virtual market on our website to see which vendors have pre-order and pre-pay options. Please help us keep our market safe for everyone!
We can’t wait to see you on the square!