Say it Ain’t So! No Dogs at the Woodbury Farmers Market

Woodbury resident John Woodworth says he won't go to the farmers market anymore. Do you think dogs should be allowed?

The other day my wife and my little dog went to the . We were told we could no longer come if we came with our dog. Dogs are not allowed for "health reasons."

Each Sunday morning in the summer the three of us walk to get fresh produce. Been doing it for years. It's a real treat for our dog because he gets so many pats.

We decided we're not going back.

I blogged about it. Go hear to read more and see a picture of our four-legged health concern. Go here: http://post.ly/7xDmT

—John Woodworth, Woodbury


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Diana Hamrick June 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
They haven't allowed dogs at the St Paul or Minneapolis Farmers markets for several years. I can understand why, they don't let dogs in the produce department at the local supermarket for a reason.
Kris Janisch June 26, 2012 at 07:48 PM
That was pretty much the consensus from folks on our Facebook page.
Rick Rock June 26, 2012 at 09:50 PM
On a related note, which patios in Woodbury are dog friendly?
Kris Janisch June 26, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Now that's an excellent question. Especially since my dog is always so well behaved when I'm eating: awaiting treats. Anybody know of any?
Tracy Huston Shea June 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM
It is really up to the Washington County Health Dept. I would check the regulations before bringing even the best behaved dogs to places that serve/sell food. I love my dog and others beloved pets, but don't necessarily want to be around animal hair when I am eating or purchasing food. Plus, how would you regulate that? Do places need to hire someone to check veterinary records and licenses? And if it does not violate Health Dept. regulations why do you have to see it as some sort of personal attack on people who have to drag their dogs everywhere? Can't they just feel happy when they go somewhere their pets ARE welcome?
Jolene S. T. June 26, 2012 at 11:52 PM
There were "No dogs" signs all over the Woodbury Farmers Market last year. This isn't a new rule, he was just finally called upon for breaking it.
Simon D June 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I own three dogs. I walk them on the street with the occasional trip to an off leash dog park. I do not feel entitled to bring them to any area of commerce. No one wants to be buying food where they see dogs marking territory or see an owner cleaning up #2 with a plastic bag. "Oh, but my dogs are special, they won't do that." So should we make a special exception just for you? Get real, keep the dogs out. Getting away with something in the past is not an entitlement to the same activity in perpetuity. Go ahead and boycott.
Paula June 27, 2012 at 02:00 PM
When did we become such an uptight society? We are talking about open air tables. Dog hair? In an open air market? Get real. checking vet records before being allowed in a place...why? Most shots are for the dogs health, not the humans. If you take a dog to a public place as a dog owner you accept that risk. Dogs, well behaved dogs that is, should be allowed more places, not less. A farmers market is not an enclosed store. Allowing dogs should be a given. As far as the rest of Woodbury goes, It would be wonderful if the city would become more dog friendly. Allowing dogs on patios at restaurants and at farmers markets would be a great start.
John Woodworth June 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Thanks for your comments. There are practically no risks for canine-human disease transmission. Humans have a higher risk of passing disease to each other than from a dog. I know there are standards for food sold at the Farmers' Market, but I have had to wash dirt off of beets and potatoes I bought there... dirt filled with natural bacteria and probably exposed to manure. Still, we know this, and we accept the risk and we have a nice day at the market. As I said before, it is open air. That means with birds flying overhead and flies in the air. How far can you sanitize society? How safe can you make it? I doubt the market is much safer with Marble gone. Sorry there have NEVER been any no-dog signs posted there. And each time we have gone, there were dogs of all sizes. no problems.
Kris Janisch June 28, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Thanks for chiming in John. And does anyone know of any dog-friendly patios in Woodbury?


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