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- Double-barreled effort brings fresh produce to local food pantry just before the holidays
WOODSTOCK - In its ongoing commitment to support the Woodstock
Community Food Shelf and assist its neighbors in time of need, the
Woodstock Farmers' Market this year again is contributing fresh,
seasonal produce to the local food pantry, which last year saw an
increase in food distributions of more than 20 percent.
The Woodstock Farmers' Market donations of fresh produce are made
possible by the generous contributions of its customers, which are
matched dollar-for-dollar by the market. The effort is now called
"Penny Power" and with additional support from the Woodstock
Merchants' Produce Fund, initiated by Nick Ferro, owner of Ferro
Jewelers, the effort is now a double-barreled one with coordinated
contributions from many other local businesses Woodstock.
"We have been making a big push to get produce for our guests,"
said Bev Regan, a Food Shelf board member. "Prior to the
contributions of the Farmers' Market and others, we had very little
"It's a win-win," said Steve Moyer, co-owner and CFO of Woodstock
Farmers' Market. "We are well-known for our produce and we know
where there is value added due to a product's abundance and
seasonality. We use our know-how and relationships for buying
According to Moyer the best produce to purchase are staples that
have longer shelf life such as apples, yams, squash and onions. "We
deliver more perishable items such as lettuce when the price is
This is the eighth year the market has provided items for the Food
Shelf. Prior to providing fresh produce, it contributed canned and
dry goods, many of which were donated by market customers. But lack
of space prompted Woodstock Farmers' Market to look for an
alternative way to support the Food Shelf.
For more info about the program visit the Food Shelf website at
woodstockfoodshelf.org or www.woodstockfarmersmarket.com.