Saturday Mornings

There is a rhythm to Saturday mornings in Westfield, centered largely around Moore Park and the Farmers Market. The market, now in its fifth season, has been embraced by Westfield and the greater Chautauqua community and it’s difficult to imagine Saturday mornings without it. It is one more example of what can happen when dedicated volunteers nurture a great idea.

The market has grown over the years and now features a robust mix of fresh local produce, Amish goods, local art and jewelry, homemade baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, free range poultry, beautiful flowers, hand-made soaps, jams, jellies and more. Local wineries offer tastings and sales and expanded lunch options include kebabs and kogi tacos.

The market reflects the rhythm of the season in its fresh produce. It’s been a great summer for tomatoes, peaches and local corn. As the season winds down and the days become shorter, we see the transition to apples, squash, pumpkins and, of course, grapes. Walking through the market is a weekly reminder of the agricultural bounty that surrounds Westfield and a great opportunity to support the local farmers who carry on the tradition.

The market also reflects the rhythm of the season is its character and mood. The Chautauqua region bustles with visitors throughout the summer, particularly during the Chautauqua Institution season. Now the season has officially ended with the traditional three taps of the gavel. The Lenhart Hotel in Bemus Point is packing in its rocking chairs for the season. And the tempo slows in Westfield. It is palpable at the market. There is a slower pace and a small-town intimacy to the last month at the market.

Perhaps the greatest indication of the important role the market plays in the Westfield community is the sense, on those Saturday mornings after the market season ends, that something is missing. Don’t miss the market this fall. It continues through October 2nd on Saturday mornings from 9am to 2 pm in Moore Park. Read more about the Farmers Market here.

Be sure to visit our Farmers Market Photo Album!

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