Westfield Farmers’ Market
The European Copper Beech tree on the property of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, 36 Court St., has a long history in Westfield, and is an important downtown landmark for the local community. Estimated to be more than two centuries old, the tree was there before the Civil War; it was standing on this spot when the parish was founded in the home of a parishioner in 1863, and shaded the Bush Miller home which stood on this property and was purchased by the church in 1923. The beech tree was there when the current building opened for worship in 1953. It has provided shade for many church and public events, and has graced the lawn for the Church of the Atonement Strawberry Festival which has been held there many times during its more than 150 year tradition. It will be standing this year as this important community tradition continues once again on the church lawn.
This copper beech tree and its companion growing at the back of the church are among the oldest trees remaining in downtown Westfield. The tree provides beauty for all who travel through Westfield, shade for citizens walking to home, school, shopping or work, and is a focal point of the Westfield Farmers Market, where musicians play under its branches, families picnic, children dance, and the community gathers joyfully. The Market staff consists entirely of volunteers who work incredibly hard each year to schedule, coordinate, and organize the 21-week market. On Thursday afternoons from early June to late October there’s a farmers’ market in an attractive setting next to the Episcopal Church of the Atonement on Court St. When we put this article together there were more than 20 full-time vendors, and a large contingent of part-time and visiting vendors. Shopping at the market you can look forward to super-fresh local fruit and vegetables, fresh roasted coffee, maple syrup, pickles, herbs, cut flowers, honey, breads, pastries, pasture-raised meat & poultry, jams, balms, handmade soaps, jewelry, candles, lotions, and much more than we can list here. If you are ever in need of a cabinet maker, click here.