In her two years as administrative coordinator with the Downtown Westfield Association, Colleene Quinn sees her mission of promoting the Westfield Summer City Market.
“I was surprised a lot of people didn’t even know there was a Westfield market,” Quinn said. “We’re going to have information at the Grand Park Events Center for when people are visiting. I hope to keep growing our market. We are a smaller market at this point, but we are growing along with the amazing growth of Westfield. There is amazing fresh and local produce.”
Quinn reached out to the City of Westfield to extend the market’s run a month this year.
“The market has always gone June through August,” she said. “I know we miss a lot by not having it in September. You miss a lot of the fall produce.”
The Westfield Summer City Market, held on Saturdays, will start June 1 and concludes Sept. 28. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will be at the City Hall lawn, 130 Penn St., for the fourth consecutive year.
“There is accessible parking along the west side of Union Street,” Quinn said. “We’re also able to utilize the Christ United Methodist Church and the City Hall parking. It’s across from Asa Bales Park. We get a lot of people walking or riding their bikes or walking their dogs. It’s good for traffic.”
There is live music at every market.
“We have regulars that have played three or four years,” Quinn said. “We’ll have some new groups.”
Some of the performers scheduled are Michael Beck and Tim Brickley, Michael Beck and Jonas Miller, The 78s, Steve Fulton, Craig Thurston, Morgan Taylor and Andy Schomburg.
Two special days are Green Day June 8 with the Hamilton County Master Gardeners and Pet Day June 15. There will be vendors with pet-themed products.
“When the Grand Junction Plaza is complete, the summer market will have a permanent home there in the heart of downtown,” Quinn said. “We’re going to stay where we are until then.”
There are 25 to 30 vendors. There is fresh and local produce along with fresh-baked items.
“We are food-focused, but we have a few artisans,” Quinn said. “It’s all locally grown, homemade or handcrafted.”
Quinn said for the second consecutive year, the market will offer free booth space to a nonprofit each Saturday.
Quinn said weekly attendance averages approximately 500.
For more on vendors or musicians, visit downtownwestfieldassociation.com.