With the Westfield Farmers Market out of commission for the 2013 season, a local bank is opening its parking lot to vendors on Friday evenings this summer.
New Castle-based Ameriana Bank on Thursday announced plans for the inaugural Marketplace at Westfield in its parking lot at the corner of State Road 32 and Carey Road. The market will operate from 5-8 p.m. Fridays from June 14 through Sept. 27.
The not-for-profit Downtown Westfield Association last month canceled this year's open-air market, held on Fridays near City Hall, citing traffic woes caused by nearby construction projects. Organizers intend to resurrect the concept in future years.
A sponsor of previous Farmers Markets, Ameriana stepped into the breach. It is making the parking lot available to vendors at no cost; admission also is free.
“We couldn’t imagine a Westfield summer without it,” Ameriana’s Westfield manager Rob Garrett said in a prepared statement. “We wanted to do something to keep it alive in our community.”
Summer markets already are up and running in many other suburban communities.
So what do you think, Westfield? Will you give the new temporary market a try?