Westgate Farmers Market returns for its seventh year

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The seventh annual Westgate Farmers Market may not officially return until June 4, but residents throughout the city recently received a glimpse of what is to come this season. On May 21, more than 20 vendors selling a variety of items that include plants, baked goods, beverages and garden and farm raised produce and meat set up shop at 2925 West Broad Street while dozens of residents browsed and bought their goods. Among those shopping for presents was Maya Griffith who thought a pleasant smelling candle from Simply Vela Candle Co. would be a perfect gift for an upcoming birthday. The Westgate Farmers Market is held on the first and third Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will run through Oct. 15. For more information, visit their website at www.westgatefarmersmarket.com.
Christy Elena Harris, of Wild Hare Prairie, explains the care instructions of this wild geranium plant to a customer. The Clintonville vendor, who is making her first appearance at the Westgate Farmers Market, sells native plants that she grows from seed at her home. She said she started her business as a way to keep occupied during the pandemic.
While a few vendors that sell goods for animals are slated to be on site at the market this year, Lennon Knight finds enjoyment in the simple things, like this make-shift water fountain created through the cupped hands of his human Richard.
Members of “The Long Street Quartet” keep the festive atmosphere going with a bit of jazz music. Live bands and food trucks are expected during the market events.
Jim Hearns jokes around with his wife Debra during a brief lull in sales at the market. Debra, of Deb’s Designer Cookies, started making sugar cookies to sell four years ago. She specializes in colorful and whimsical designs, such as her notable dogs, cats, unicorn, and emoji cookies.
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