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Patios & Produce

From Farm Stands to Favorite Summer Sips, Outdoor Options Abound

One of the best parts of the summer months is enjoying life outside -- with delicious food and quality entertainment. The local area offers many opportunities to enjoy beverages, meals, or performances outdoors, as well as the fresh produce and products that local farms have to offer.

The outdoor patio at Shortstop Bar and Grill, on Springfield Road in Westfield, really draws people in during the warmer months.

“The patio is decorated with many beautiful flowers as well to just really get the spring and summer feel that we have all been craving,” says Monica Guarnieri, who co-owns the restaurant with her parents.

Diners can take advantage of daily specials as well as seasonal drinks. The restaurant has its own herb garden, which is used to source drink ingredients such as mint and basil.

In addition, Shortstop Bar and Grill has a fully packed entertainment schedule for the summer.

“We have many of our entertainers back that have played with us for the past few years -Tim Checetelli, Fred Marion, Jon Berman, and many of our other favorites!” says Monica. “We also have some great new acts this summer.”

With an inviting outdoor space, Take 5 in Agawam also offers its diners the opportunity to dine al fresco and take advantage of the summer weather. Take 5's menu features classic grill entrees like chicken and steak and a large selection of seafood options.

Latitude Restaurant in West Springfield offers weekend entertainment on the patio all summer long. A wide ranging menu, featuring untraditional appetizers such as brisket and a variety of charcuterie boards, offers up many options for outdoor dining.

If you prefer to cook your own meals, stop by E. Cecchi Farms at 1131 Springfield St. in Feeding Hills for a variety of local produce offerings. Opening in 1946, this family-owned and operated farm offers an immense selection of vegetables and flowers.

July brings squash, tomatoes, and peppers, among many other choices. Sweet corn is a customer favorite, according to Michael Cecchi, who runs the day-to-day operations with his brother, Bobby.

Gooseberry Farms in West Springfield also offers a vast assortment of produce and flowers, as well as products from Balboni Bakery and Galactic Hobo Hot Sauce. Gooseberry Farms is also known as an ice cream destination, scooping up hard ice cream, soft serve, and frozen yogurt. If you haven't tried Deer Tracks, you owe it to yourself to check out this and other new flavors.

At Granny’s Place in Agawam, the Seldomridge family offers its own fresh produce, flowers, and homemade products like apple butter, applesauce, honey, and beeswax. The farm also sells eggs laid by its own chickens and a variety of homemade ice cream churned up using its vintage 1926 machine.

Other West Springfield restaurants offering patio dining include bNapoli Italian, Smokin' Scoops, The Crest Room, and Clemenza's. In Agawam, you can enjoy elegant outdoor dining at The Federal's back yard. 

  • Gooseberry Farms is located on East Gooseberry Road.
  • Local asparagus is an early crop.
  • Bear Hole honey is locally produced and available at Gooseberry Farms.
  • Marigolds galore at Gooseberry Farms.
  • There are endless options for gardeners.
  • The patio at Shortstop Bar & Grill is the largest in the area.
  • Westfield's Zoraida Fontanez and Rachel Moldanado of Springfield enjoy fresh air and conversation on the Shortstop patio.
  • Diana McLean and Amanda Waterfield settle in on the Shortstop patio's couch.