Cross Roads Market Adds New Vendor

“We’re so happy to welcome Barb into the Cross Roads family, and this is just another reason that folks should keep visiting us. New things are happening all the time,” said Wendy Graham, fudge vendor and president of the Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market board of directors. “We always strive to improve and change things up a bit, and the addition of another quality artisan is just one way we do that.”

This newest vendor, who celebrated her grand opening July 12, is Barb Baker. She owns the Thumbs Up booth, and features handmade French flower beading that she demonstrates on-site, as well as many other works of art.

Baker has been a crafter for so long that it was inevitable that she would branch out and find new avenues for her artistic side. Although she has been a crafter for years, she continues to grow as an artist. This veteran seamstress and crochet artisan has years of experience with a needle. She can make fabric and yarn into gorgeous pieces. She is a master.

And now she has expanded her art. At Thumbs Up, look for scroll saw clocks, fretwork and French flower beading, as well as her other handmade pieces.

“The best thing about my product is that it is locally crafted and limitless in creative possibilities, and I can’t wait to share it with you,” Baker said.

After years of making various crafts, Baker got interested in other things. The result was that four years ago she began beading, and now produces the French flower bead items that grace her shop at Cross Roads. Two years ago she took to the scroll saw. Now this artisan makes her wares in fabric, yarn, beads, and wood.

Open from the first week in May until the last Saturday before Christmas, Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market, located at 6017 Westfield-Sherman Road (county Route 21) in Westfield is a charming, rustic destination. The cooperative is always looking for more vendors and artists. For more information, visit or check out their Facebook page. Stop by on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.