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 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.
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.
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.