Open for the season

Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
June 6 marked the return of the Westgate Farmers Market at the West Gate Masonic Lodge on Broad Street. It was a great day to welcome vendors from the area and beyond to share their products at the open air market with the residents of the Westside. Like most businesses in current times, the market made changes to adapt to the COVID-19 precautions, like encouraging masks, social distancing and limited contact. There were nine vendors at this first event but more are slated to come onboard throughout the season that will run on the first and third Saturday of the month through Oct. 16. Those interested can find more information on upcoming events or participating vendors by following the Westgate Farmers Market facebook page, or visiting
Westside resident Mary Vance (right) took the opportunity to grab some sweet treats from the Fourteen Twenty Nine table, run by Amanda Caldwell. Caldwell makes her brownies from her home in Canal Winchester and sells them at various farmers markets as well as online. Her social enterprise is committed to helping the victims and prevention of human trafficking. A portion from every purchase goes toward the cause. For more information, visit
Kristina Rawson greeted everyone with a squirt as the Westgate Farmers Market kicked of the 2020 season with a strong effort to make the market as safe as possible with an emphasis on spacing, masking, limited touching and sanitizing when coming and going. Rawson is a farmers market board member.
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