WESTFIELD - Village of Westfield Deputy Mayor Chris Jaynes officiated the opening ceremony of the sixth season of the Westfield Farmers' and Artisans' Market on Saturday, May 26 in Moore Park.
Jaynes welcomed vendors and visitors and acknowledged the effort of the many volunteers who are responsible for the market. He also read a congratulatory letter from Assemblyman Andrew Goodell.
Fair weather favored the 42 vendors who showed their wares on Saturday and attracted more than 1,000 visitors. Local growers offered tender strawberries, fragrant spring onions, asparagus, spicy new radishes, tiny baby lettuce, farm fresh eggs, local meat and poultry. Artisans offered wide variety of crafted items including hand-woven baskets and rugs, jewelry, accessories, paintings, purses and bags, yarn, birdbaths and etched rocks. Tables and chairs arranged in the shade made a perfect place for visitors relax and enjoy the many baked goods and hot and cold beverages. CJ's in the Park offered prepared foods for lunch, including pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and several crisp, fresh salad choices.
The Westfield Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market began its sixth season this year. Deputy Mayor Chris Jaynes, left, rang the bell on the market’s opening day, Saturday, May 26. With him in the celebration were Erika Fiorella, Market Manager and Aaron Resnick, Westfield Development Agency Director.
Goodell's letter is as follows:
"We all know how beautiful Chautauqua County is in the summer time. A great example of all that Chautauqua County has to offer is found right here in Westfield at the Farmers' and Artisans' market.
"This opening day is a great celebration of what to expect here in Moore Park during the coming months. Voted in 2009 as one of the top 10 Farmers' Markets by American Farmland Trust, this market is not to be missed. Local residents and tourists are attracted to the freshest of produce and products from local farms and wineries as well as arts and crafts of many varieties
"The market vendors, restaurants, and shops here in Westfield, make this a great location to put on your 'must-visit' list. Whether shopping or just perusing, visitors to the market will be excited about the wide range and excellent quality of products.
"Congratulations to everyone here on a fantastic opening. I wish you all a fun, delicious, and successful market season here in Westfield."
The Farmer's and Artisans' Market is held every Saturday from Memorial Day to the end of September in Moore Park in Westfield from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.