WESTFIELD - Westfield Town Supervisor Martha Bills, Village Mayor Michael VandeVelde and County Legislator John Hemmer will officiate at the opening of the seventh season of the Westfield Farmers' and Artisans' Market on Saturday, May 25 at the gazebo in Moore Park at 10 a.m.
Singer Rachel Eisenstat will perform in her unique folk/rock style at 11 a.m.
The market is also seeking musicians and performers as well as new vendors for the 2013 season. The market is open each Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., from Memorial Day through September in Moore Park at the intersection of Portage Street - Route 394 - and Main Street - Route 20 - in Westfield.
Of special interest are woodcrafters, potters, licensed dairy producers and candle and soap makers. The market has grown each year, and it attracted 10,000 visitors during the 2012 season and has set a goal of 12,000 visitors for this, the Market's seventh season.
Vendor offerings on display last year included a wide range of organic and conventionally raised produce, eggs and meat; local wines; honey; maple syrup; jams and jellies; salad dressings; salsas; home-baked donuts; breads; cookies; cakes; pies; handmade bags; clothing; jewelry; natural skincare products; fine art; rugs; quilts; etched stone; cement garden ornaments; hand-painted glass; farm-raised and homespun yarn; and plants. The Westfield Farmers' and Artisans' Market hopes to attract applications from vendors whose products will complement this mix.
Although the WFAM operates through the entire summer season, the largest crowds gather during the months of July and August, when summer visitors are in residence. Historically, these shoppers are attracted to housewares and gift items, so WFAM is especially interested in local artisans who are producing wooden or pottery kitchen tools, bowls, plates and cups and children's toys. Locally crafted soaps and candles are very popular items at farmers' markets and the WFAM is eager to see applications from crafters of these and other products.
Contact Market Manager Arianne Correll at email@example.com if interested in applying for a stall and the market. Applications are available by download from westfieldny.com/farmers-market or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and by mail to P.O. Box 125, Westfield, N.Y., 14787. In order to attain the widest possible product range, the WFAM Selection Committee will review all applications.