WESTFIELD, NJ — Now in its 24th season, the Westfield Farmers Market is in full swing every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through October at the North side of the town’s train station. The market is sponsored by Two River Community Bank and run by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Music can be heard most Saturdays, and this weekend Rodeo Gypsies, the acoustic duo of Steve Kutzman and Patty Antol, will go on around 10 a.m.
Along with produce from local farms, shoppers will find treats such as empanadas from a Dominican Republic recipe, pies, oils and balsmics, wines from Washington state, freshly roasted coffee beans and eco-friendly products for the home and kitchen.
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“It is the perfect way to start your day with a fresh cup of coffee or lemonade and breakfast treats while enjoying corn hole on the green,” said Chris Devine, a volunteer with the GWACC who runs the market with his wife, Lisa Devine. “We have a beautiful downtown, and when the music starts up people are engaged and enjoying themselves.”
“We are enjoying our second year at the North Avenue Train Station, where there is increased attendance from last year after the move from South Avenue,” Devine said. “It was time to make a change and move to the North side with more access to downtown, which is bringing more traffic and building momentum.”
There is plenty of parking, he said, including in the first bay of the North Avenue Train Station and in the South Avenue Train Station parking lot. An area for disabled access allows cars to drive right up to the market area for drop off and pick up and Boy Scouts are often available to help carry groceries, Devine said.
“Our market has great products and very nice people,” he said. “Talk to our farmers. Talk to the vendors. They are passionate about their products.”
Devine wants to get the community engaged in buying quality products. He said he positioned vendors purposefully so that flavors and products compliment each other as people move from one tent to the next.
There are 11 more Saturdays left to shop the market this season, and a special market will be open just before Thanksgiving, weather permitting. Pre-ordering will be available then for farm-fresh turkeys, and freshly baked pies will be available for home delivery, including apple, pumpkin and pecan.