Music fills the air at each farmers’ market

WESTFIELD-This Thursday is the last day that SNAP purchases at the Westfield Farmers’ Market will be matched up to $10 through a grant administered by a Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) grant, according to Debbie Randzio and Peter Langmore, market managers.

The Russellers performed June 22 at the Westfield Farmers’ Market as part of the Music at the Market series.

The market is conducted every Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine, on the grounds of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement on Court Street.

“The new HIP program for SNAP benefits begins July 1,” said Randzio.

In addition to the more than 30 vendors each week, Music at the Market performers take the stage in two-hour blocks. This Thursday, Ed Bentley performs from noon to 2 p.m., followed by Dave Maloff from 2 to 4 p.m., and Dogwalker with Marcia Hendricks and Ted Lewis closes out the event from 4 to 6 p.m.

Each week at 3 p.m. at the Westfield Farmers’ Market, local chefs demonstrate one of their specialties. On June 22, Daniel Osella of the Skyline Trading Company made grilled pizza.

The music series is made possible by a grant from the Westfield Cultural Council, according to Randzio.

Other highlights of Thursday’s fair includes a cooking demonstration at 3 p.m. by chef John Slattery of Papp’s Restaurant, and the Master Gardeners will be available from 2 to 4 p.m. to provide interactive educational information for gardeners.

Ellen Redman and David Clopp of Trotwood Acres Farm were sold out of strawberries during the first hour of the June 22 Westfield Farmers’ Market. They also sell a variety of fruits, herbs and vegetables.

Nonprofits also visiting the market include Ascentria Care Alliance from noon to 3 p.m. with information on the SNAP program, and from noon to 2 p.m., Thrive Financial Services will offer financial planning information for low- and middle-income families.


Chris Davis of Westfield purchases a dozen eggs from Duane Desilets of Sweet Harvest Farm.

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