Woodstock’s Square is unbelievably charming with its cobblestone streets and adorable shops around the Square. If you haven’t already explored the area, it would be a great time to do a walking tour. They did, after all, film Groundhog Day here. During the summer, the square comes alive with the Woodstock Farmers Market, a producer’s only market surrounding the Square meaning they sell only things that they produce or grow themselves. They hold the Farmers Market on both Tuesday and Saturday, families will be happy to hear that on Tuesdays they have storytime. When I heard about this, I knew I needed to add it to our summer bucket list.
But can you believe that almost every Tuesday this summer has been a rainy one? Well, we finally had a beautiful Tuesday morning, so we took advantage of the weather and headed to Woodstock Square. We had such a fun time at the Woodstock Farmers Market and you will too!
Our Experience at Woodstock Farmer’s Market:
Storytime started at noon and, as usual, we were running late. We did arrive just in the nick of time and did find plenty of spots to sit in the shade. Score!
The kids were hungry (as usual) so we started setting up our picnic blanket and had lunch. While we were waiting for them to begin, we noticed that a band was performing in the gazebo. Really fun!
Before we knew it, storytime started with Miss Mary from the Woodstock Library. She uses those extra large books and happily asks for volunteers to help out. You can expect plenty of dancing as well as audience participation. My older boys couldn’t sit still (of course) so they had a pretty fun time climbing the trees. Plus, they had a better vantage point from here. Looking for a laugh? At the end of storytime, kids can come up and share their funniest jokes.
Afterward, we perused the market. We sampled delicious homemade salsa from Carlito’s Way Salsa and visited other great vendors including Hacker’s Farm with their beautiful cherries and blueberries. After a brief chat with the friendly people from Hacker’s Farm, they were happy to recommend U-pick farms by their farm in Michigan. So sweet! We continued on our brief stroll around the Square checking out more vendors and the historic buildings, but in the end, the kids had one particular place they wanted to visit — the snow cone truck.
Nola’s Ice Snowballs has tons of flavors to choose The kids couldn’t resist leaving without trying the Spider-Man concoction. A sweet treat to end a fun day!
Tips to enjoy Woodstock Farmers Market:
- Visit on Tuesdays for storytime in the Square.
- Check their schedule for music performance.
- Pack a picnic lunch.
- Have little ones that like to escape? Bring the stroller if you plan on walking around the square. Car traffic is still open and one lane is open surrounding the market.
- Visit early and grab a delicious coffee at Ethereal Confections on the Square.
- Continue your love of reading and visit the super cool independent bookstore, Read Between the Lynes. They also offer chocolate and ice cream!
If you haven’t been to Woodstock’s Historic Square, the Farmers Market and storytime is the perfect way to get acquainted with the area!
Location: Woodstock Square
When: The last day of storytime is Tuesday, July 24th. The Farmers Market 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM is available until October on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Parking: Free parking at surrounding lots.
Crowded: We visited on a Tuesday around noon. and it was not crowded.
What to expect: Storytime, perusing the farmer’s market