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Strawberry Festival a highlight of Thursday’s market

WESTFIELD-There are many reasons to visit the Westfield Farmers’ Market on Thursdays, according to Debbie Randzio, market co-manager.

Jeff Bellefleur of Agawam will demonstrate how to carve wood with a chainsaw this Thursday at the Westfield Farmers’ Market.

“Our market is unique in a number of ways,” said Randzio. “We are blessed to have an entirely volunteer crew who enthusiastically and tirelessly support the market, and we offer live music every week. We also have a playground, accessible restrooms, a cooling room, free parking, and all in a friendly atmosphere and in a beautiful central location.”

The market is conducted Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement on Court Street.

On June 21, among more than 25 vendors, the 156th annual Strawberry Festival will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., and then move to the Park Square Green from 6 to 9 p.m. The menu is strawberry shortcake and strawberry sundaes.

A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit the Genesis Spiritual Life Center’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Healing Hearts Program, as well as Ascentria Care Alliance’s “Celebrating Community Cookbook.”

Also on June 21, the art of chainsaw woodcarving will be demonstrated by Jeff Bellefleur of Agawam, who specializes in carvings of stools, wood spirits, and mushrooms.

“Vendors who are accepted support our mission,” said Randzio, noting that vendors and their products must “promote healthy living” and crafts must use “natural, agricultural, organic or repurposed materials and that are produced locally by hand.”

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