Full of fall at the Westgate Farmer’s Market

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The Westgate Farmers Market may be winding down due to the seasonal change, but that does not mean the events slated for the remainder of the year will be devoid of vendor booths filled with homemade items, autumnal produce, and seasonal baked goods. As seen at the market on Oct. 1, more than a dozen vendors lined up to sell their wares while hundreds of people throughout the region showed up to purchase an assortment of goods at the first of two planned events this month. Here, Vivian Logue, 6, happily showcases the floral arrangement she picked out from the Starlight Gardeners booth. She joked that the arrangement, which is full of amaranths, celosias, marigolds and snapdragons, was so heavy that it almost made her lose her balance. The Westgate Farmers Market will host its last event of the month on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then it will host a Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to wrap up the 2022 season. The market is held at 2925 West Broad Street.
Ric Brandel, a volunteer with Friends of Westgate Park, highlights the beauty of the mums the non-profit organization had for sale at the event. Plenty more will be available for purchase when the Friends of Westgate Park and the Westgate Neighbors Association host their 9th annual Mums and Mummies event on Oct. 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Westgate Park.
Hayden Yarger, 11, came prepared for the frosty morning weather as his Boy Scout Troop 734 sold popcorn to raise funds for the organization.
Westside resident Noah Madsen poses for a picture with his dog, Stone. While the market is always canine-friendly, attendees were encouraged to bring their dogs along as the Oct. 1 market was deemed “Dogtoberfest!”
Aaron K. Hopkins of South Side Family Farms was selling beans, chards, eggplants, herbs, peppers and tomatoes at the market.
Pickerington resident Jack Thompson provided the musical entertainment. Thompson is a member of the soul and R&B band Panacea but was performing solo today to “fit the more low-key vibe” of the market.

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