A summer staple is back in Westgate

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
On June 3, local residents and regional travelers came out to 2925 West Broad Street to celebrate the official return of the Westgate Farmers Market. According to manager Molly Donavan, the market will welcome more than a dozen new and returning vendors selling items that range from home goods, baked goods, garden goods, and treats for furry friends, and it will also include arts and crafts tables for children and Storytime events on select days. The Westgate Farmers Market will be held on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Among the vendors who were making their return to the market was the Hilliard-based Starlight Gardens which sells popular produce and floral arrangements. Here, Lorraine Cathala rearranges the mustard flowers that were given to visitors of the booth.
Jodi Spencer (right) and Barbara Gasdaglis showcase some of the fruit and vegetable seedlings that were available through Copper Bark Farms. Spencer said she cultivated the seedlings in and around her home on the westside and recruited her friend and neighbor Barbara to help sell some of the goods while she did promotion for the farmers market as a member of their board.
The Long Street Combo provided the musical entertainment at the market. Pictured from left to right are members Jeff Gonzalez, Vinnie Maneri, Evan Phillips, and Jordan Steinbrook. More information about the band can be found on their Instagram @thelongstreetcombo.
Remi, a 2-year-old pointer mix, waits patiently for a free sample at the Bougee Dog Bites table. Dan Steigerwalt, who co-owns the company with his wife, Alyssa, said they make natural “restaurant-style” food for canines.
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