Friday, April 19, 2013
It was a topic of discussion at last week's Board of Selectmen meeting, today we want your take.
During that Selectmen's meeting last week with all the town employees, another topic came on the agenda: the seventh year of the Westford Farmers' Market Westford Farmers' Market spokesperson Gloria Gilbert said in a statement to Westford Patch that she was "extremely satisfied that evening. I felt the support and willingness of the town's departments to make the farmers market work. (The Town Departments) came together and pitched in to help make it happen. It is one of the reasons that makes Westford such a good place to live." The Market has faced criticism regarding traffic and parking in the past the concerns voiced during last week's meeting were around safety, particularly around loading and unloading practices and pedestrian …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Welcome to our round up of area restaurant and food news.
We know Westford residents don’t just stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking. Restaurant coming and goings, new business and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on area Patch sites over the past month. Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories local Patch sites have covered over the past month. Read through our round up for the latest food news in the area. WESTFORD Once again, and until the Fall, Tuesdays at the Westford Common will mean only one thing, and that's the Westford Farmers' Market. For more information on the market check out the Sustainable Westford website. -- Elizabeth Almeida grew up on a farm in Ohio, daughter to a beef cattle farmer and a teacher. Her …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Here is a look at what some local farmers markets are offering.
Here is a look at what our local farmers markets are selling this week. Tune in each week as we let you know which vendors will appear at which local markets. If you know of any other farmers markets in the area, let us know about them in the comments. 1. Westford Farmers Market. Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Westford Town Common, Main Street. 2. Chelmsford Farmers Market. Opening day is July 12, and continues every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here are the vendors for opening day: 3. Billerica Farmers Market. Mondays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in front of the Council on Aging. 4. Tyngsboro Farmers Market. Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon at Tyngsboro Gardens, 347 Middlesex Rd., July 8 through October. 5. Lowell Farmers Market. Every…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Beautiful weather helped draw a crowd to the Common for the first day of the 2012 Westford Farmers' Market.
Once again, and until the Fall, Tuesdays at the Westford Common will mean only one thing, and that's the Westford Farmers' Market. We have more pictures that we'll add in a video collage on our next weekly News Haiku, more information on the Market is available at the Sustainable Westford website.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The topic was introduced on Tuesday night after budget concerns were raised by Parks and Recreation Department director Pat Savage and Parks and Recreation Commission chairman Kacy Kaviston.
The question of whether outside groups should pay for using the Town Common will be continued as a topic at the next Board of Selectmen meeting following a discussion brought to the Board by Parks and Recreation officials on Tuesday night. Parks and Recreation Commission chairman Kacy Caviston told the Selectmen that the Common was now taking up 10 percent of the department’s budget while making up only 2.5 percent of the total land area within the department’s responsibility. However, the tipping point came from a recently installed irrigation system and increasing fuel and equipment costs that have not been accompanied by increases in the department’s budget. Caviston and Parks and Recreation Department director Pat Savage floated the …
Monday, April 30, 2012
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Monday, April 30, 2012
Dear Editor, I want to extend my sincerest thanks to all those who supported keeping the Westford Farmers Market on the Common where I believe it belongs. "The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become..." ~ Lady Bird Johnson Sustainable Westford is working to connect the Westford community and beyond to the land and the environment. Working in partnership with members, volunteers and like minded organizations is at the heart of our work. I hope you will join us soon; whether that is sharing the bounty of fresh, locally grown, produce at our farmers market, or participating in one of our …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Westford Board of Selectmen unanimously approved use of the Common to the market, which will run on Tuesdays from June to October.
Before an overflowing room of onlookers, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on Tuesday night to give permission for the Westford Farmers' Market use of the Town Common this year, while committing town resources to increasing pedestrian and traffic safety associated with the event. Although support for the market’s existence currently appears to be near universal in town, two viewpoints arose during a debate simmering prior to the meeting. On one side, residents have been showing concern for traffic backups on Boston Road during market days, especially once road construction near Minot’s Corner began in earnest for the upcoming Cornerstone Square project. On the other side, residents had been advocating to keep the market in the …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
It's been a topic of discussion in Westford recently and today we're looking for some clarity on what the next step should be.
Over the past few weeks, we've gotten over 70 comments as of today on one blog recommending that the Westford Farmers' Market move from the Town Common to another location in town like the Roudenbush Community Center or the Abbot School. The consensus from that piece appears to be that everyone wants the Westford Farmers' Market to continue and thrive in town. However, there are fears around parking near the town center and traffic, particularly in the late Summer and early Fall with construction at Minot's Corner taking place. Today we ask you, the readers of Westford Patch what you think the answer should be for where the Westford Farmers' Market calls its home from the Spring to the Fall. Should it remain in the Common? Should it head…
Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Dear Editor, Sustainable Westford would like to thank the many who came and supported our Winter Farmers Market at Eric's Garden Center this past season. It was off to a slow start and we had some bumps and bruises easing into this new venue. There was a learning curve working together, it is not every day that a business opens its doors wide open for a non profit to promote its mission. We all learned much from this experience from the Market Managers, vendors and Eric's staff and in the end it started to prove itself. Maybe with a little luck our farmers can earn enough to build a few greenhouses to carry them and the community thru the next winter season. Let's hope and continue to support our local hard working farmers. …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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Dear Editor, We know our community values their Westford Farmers Market. They know it influences positive social change, creates a stronger and economically vibrant community, and fosters healthy relationships between food, land and farmers we often take for granted. Every season together, we grow and enrich ourselves and our community more and more, like "topsoil being miraulously rebuilt little by little each year". Our Westford Farmers Market is worth protecting, in fact it is worth celebrating. Let's start the New Year with a "Celebration of Thanks - Straw Poll and Raffle" and vote for your Favorite Vendor. Bragging rights go to Winning Vendor, and you can a prize if your name is drawn from the winning vendor's tickets. (Prizes …