Friday nights with flair


It’s time to take the usual grocery store outside. The 2012 season of farmers markets is just three weeks away, and there’s more than fresh fruit and veggies every Friday night in * park.

Westfield Farmers Market will open June 1 to a new tune, as Radio Disney will be providing the soundtrack for families the first Friday of every month.

Anne Poynter, Downtown Westfield Association director, said the community festivities have had tremendous support from the public and now they are bringing businesses together.

“We’ve partnered with several businesses and service organizations that will be helping us set up, run and tear down this year’s market,” Poynter said.

This year, expect a street closure to provide a safe experience for visitors of all ages.

North Union, just north of Penn Street to just south of the Christ United Methodist Church parking lot, will be closed to traffic every Friday during the farmers market, as recommended by Westfield chief of police.

Amber Willis, Westfield Farmers Market coordinator, said themed nights, such as sport night, salsa/tomato night and country night, and weekly musical entertainment are fun ways to enhance community excitement.

“It’s a fun, free family event every Friday – where you can support local farmers and crafters, eat dinner and relax to live entertainment,” Willis said.

The farmers market will feature 50 vendors and will run from June 1 to Aug. 31, every Friday night from 4:30 to 7:30.