We have so many talented artisans in our part of the country. No matter where you travel around Atlantic Canada, there is always something that makes every place uniquely and beautifully its own. Besides our amazing people, it’s part of our charm.
This summer, we want to celebrate our inspiring artisans and of course, no celebration is complete without food and music. Atlantic Arts & Appetites will bring the very best of those together during a special weeknight showcase.
Visitors and locals will discover inspiring Maritime Artisans, enjoy the smells and tastes of delicious foods and listen to talented local musicians combined to make a perfect local mid-summer night experience.
There are only 3 dates, Wednesday June 26, July 17 and August 21, from 4 until 8pm.
If you are interested in becoming a featured exhibitor, you can apply online HERE. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The New Glasgow Farmers Market is recruiting a
new Community Board Member.
The NGFM is a non-profit
co-operative serving Pictou County, Nova Scotia.
We are open every Saturday 9am until 1pm, year-round.
We are home to more than 70 local
farmers, food producers and artisans. We provide home-grown local produce and
meats, baked goods, food to eat on site & take away, and a wide variety of
high-quality local art & crafts. Our mandate is to support local growers and producers by providing a low risk venue
that will help promote their products.
The Board of Directors of the New Glasgow
Farmers Market is currently expanding the Board by one community member.
Individuals applying should have a specific skill set to provide leadership,
expertise and insights to compliment the performance and operation of the New
Glasgow Farmers Market.
We are looking for individuals that have a background
in or passion for farming, agriculture, supporting local, familiarity with the farmers
market sector or healthy living. Business and/or financial acumen is an asset. If
this sounds like you, please consider joining us to assist us with our goals of
providing local food and
products to residents and visitors and educating the public on the economic,
social and health benefits of supporting local producers and agriculture as
well as increasing community engagement of the NGFM in Pictou County.
In addition to the specific skill set, we are
looking for individuals who reside in Pictou County, are passionate about farmers
markets, entrepreneurship, local food, food security, small business, are community
leaders, have experience on governance boards and are willing to commit their
time and expertise to the Board and the Market Manager of the New Glasgow
Farmers Market on a volunteer basis.
If interested, please forward a letter
summarizing why you are interested in serving on the Board and a resume
highlighting your relevant experience and education. Business ties, personal contacts
with current or prospective vendors or any other potential conflicts of
interest should also be identified. Deadline for applications is noon, Tuesday
April 16th, 2019 and should be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com.
We normally do our year in review in January. You know, when people are supposed to do them. However, maybe that’s a new resolution for next year!
We wanted to let you know what we’ve been up to and what our plans are for the upcoming year.
We began the year with Chill Out, getting ready for the Winter Carnival season. Spring was a challenge for many of our farmers. We had a super late killing frost in June and crops across the province were lost. Some numbers say that up to 80% of provincial wild blueberry crops were lost. Many other crops were damaged and the growing season cut short. For the consumer, that meant a little less variety and shortened supply. We had hoped that we might be fortunate enough for a longer, warmer season at the end of the year, but unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t see it it that way and before we knew it, winter made its appearance again.
Raise the Barn
We announced our plans to Raise the Barn. We are are still working on getting a ballpark on costs which is why you haven’t heard a whole lot more on this yet. As this is a non-traditional build and we are building on the existing dome foot print, there are costs associated with taking down and re-installing electrical and plumbing, dismantling the dome etc. Once we have those costs, we can start looking for grants and kick fundraising into high gear. Vendors have donated/raised over $1200 themselves already!
healthy living program
Thanks to the Aberdeen Health Foundation, we were able to complete one of our goals of making local more accessible in our community. With help from our friends and partners over at Kids First, ten families were given $100 per month to spend at the Market for seven months. The program just wrapped up in January and we are pleased to say that it was very successful. Look for our final report on that coming soon. It is our goal to be able to run the program again this year and we are working hard behind the scenes to expand it.
THe Giving garden
The Giving Garden has morphed into an educations space. We were able to have some local camps come by as well as a youth group from the YMCA. We were able to talk about how food is grown and have an open conversation around food, the importance of the local food chain and more. They were all great kids and we are always so happy to see how engaged and interested they are in their food and where it comes from and happy to help them re-frame how they think about food.
school and Community engagement
One of the things we love the most is engaging with our youth and community. We have spoken at several local schools of varying ages. We have covered topics such as why local is important, where we fit in out food supply system, agriculture, entrepreneurship and more. We love engaging wherever we can and are always open to attending events and speaking about how the Market works and the importance supporting local has to our local economy with real life examples. If you would like us to get involved on a specific topic for your school, group or event, you are more than welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Friends of the Market
We had some great friends join us this past year. We welcomed yoga at the Market, a reading by Author Sarah Butland and our friends from the New Glasgow Library held a very special pop-up library where guests could even pick up their own card! The YMCA visited us often and brought Y on the Move to host activities for the kids and highlight their upcoming programs. We are very thankful to have had these activities at the Market. We look forward to hosting some more unique workshops. If you are with an organization and would like to join us with an activity, please e-mail us at email@example.com
Events are vital to our sustainability. In addition to table fees, fundraising is part of our operational revenue. It also allows us to contribute to programs like the Healthy Living Program and maintain the Giving Garden. We like to try new and different things and of course, we like to have fun!
In 2018, we hosted a Luau, the All Hallow’s Ball for Halloween and ended the season with our first event Winter Wonderland Gala. Everything was farm to table with as much as possible purchased from our farmers and food vendors and each event was highlighted with some of our amazing local musicians.
Our events compliment our other fundraising initiatives like our monthly 50/50 draws, and our annual Mother’s Day and Christmas baskets.
Keep an eye out for our 2019 events, coming soon!
As we mentioned earlier, our fundraising helps us to make improvements to the Market. These are funded solely with Market funds and sometimes grants. Past improvements have included new appliances, upgrades to fixtures, the Market kitchen and more. There are always little ones that happen throughout the year that you may not notice, but we have two notable ones for 2018.
This year, one of the big things was our brand new heaters. We’d like to extend our sincere thanks the Municipality of Pictou County for contributing $2500 towards these heaters. The remaining $12,000+ was fully paid for by the Market with funds that have been raised and saved over the last years. These heaters are a bit of a game changer for us. Not only did it make the shoulder season in November-December much more pleasant for shoppers and vendors, it means for the first time ever, we will be opening the dome early, beginning March 2nd this year! We have vendors waiting in the wings to join us and we cannot accommodate them because we can’t house them all in the Market building.
Even better, the heaters can be re-used in the barn and then we will have two year round buildings so we don’t have to turn would-be vendors away.
Another improvement we’ve made that is noticeable from all aspects is the addition of a comprehensive software designed specifically for Farmers Markets. This program is being used all across North America and we were one of the the first (if not, the first) Market in Nova Scotia to use this program.
This system allows vendors to apply online, provides for more effective organization and planning and streamlines the application process for users. From a customer viewpoint, you are able to see a real time listing of 2019 vendors and even a Market Map to give you an idea of who is where at the Market on a given Saturday. You can also find vendor profiles and contact information along with their dates of scheduled attendance.
Our partners at MarketWurks and their team of stellar software engineers are always working on making changes and adding improvements to make it a better experience for markets, vendors and patrons.
What’s happening in 2019?
atlantic arts & appetites
We are pleased to introduce a new mini-series of weeknight Markets focused on Artisans and Food called Atlantic Arts & Appetites. This is aimed at giving residents and visitors to the area snapshot of local products and music. In addition to local vendors, we are opening this up to anyone across the Maritimes for these special Markets. These market will take place from 4-8pm and are currently set for June 26, July 17 and August 21. Watch for more information. If you are interested in becoming a vendor for this series, you can apply online, just pick the Atlantic Arts & Appetites dates: APPLY HERE
If you are attending only these dates, your sign-up fee is waived
Events & Fundraising
This year we will have our annual Mother’s Day Basket and Christmas Basket as well as our monthly 50/50.
We will have 2 events this year. We will have a summer Farm to Table event, details are still to be confirmed. We are also happy to announce that our Winter Wonderland Gala returns with the Kilted Chef on December 7th, 2019. We’ll keep you posted!
Here are the Holiday Hours for the Market for the rest of 2018. The final Market of 2018 will be Wednesday, December 19th from 4-8pm. We will then take a short break and re-open for 2019 on January 12th at 9am when we celebrate with the Town of New Glasgow’s Chill Out Event to kick off the winter carnival season.
We have often been asked if we would do a Christmas/holiday dinner where guests could wear their finest formal wear and we decided this year would be a great time to do just that!
On December 1st, the Market building will be turned into a magical Winter Wonderland, so beautiful and elegant, you won’t even know it was the same place you shopped at just a few hours earlier!
As part of the Winter Wonderland experience, guests will be treated to an elegant, three course farm to table meal created with ingredients sourced from our very own vendors. Your meal will be paired with a choice of fine red or white wine from Market vendor Sainte Famille Wines.
Following the dinner, you can dance the night away with Pictou County’s own Rabbit Town Blues band. Swing and blues music will keep you dancing into the wee hours of the evening.
We’re also doing our part to make sure all of our guests get home safely with CHAD Transit. They will take you anywhere in Pictou County, it’s all a part of your ticket.
All of this and at the same time you are helping us to Raise the Barn and expand our ability to accommodate all of our vendors year round and make the Market an extra special gathering place!
Tickets are $85 person and the quantity of tickets is very limited. As such, tickets will go on sale online only at 9am Thursday, November 1st. Any remaining tickets will then be available at the Market on November 3rd.
You can purchase your tickets by clicking the button below. We suggest bookmarking it for Thursday morning.
We can accommodate most dietary restrictions, however all requests must be made in advance by November 24th (this includes any vegetarian meals)
We look forward to being your hosts for this very special event!
We have been getting some questions at the Market for a while now about how Cannabis will affect the Market. The short answer is, it won’t.
Now that cannabis is legal, we thought it was a good time to answer some frequently asked questions. We figured this was the best way to address them.
Can I light up at the Market?
No. As with open alcohol and tobacco smoking, smoking cannabis in or near the Market will not be permitted. Visitors that light up will be asked to butt out. Those that are asked to butt out are expected to comply.
Will you have edibles at the Market?
No. Edibles are not currently included in the current legalization and will not be available at the Market.
Will I be able to light up at Market events?
No. The Market is on municipal property and the buildings are also municipal. As was the case before, we are bound by Municipal by-laws (as well as Provincial and Federal, of course).
Please understand that this is an unprecedented road we are headed down in our country and it is bound to be a bumpy one. As laws and by-laws change, the Market will respond accordingly and we will keep you posted.
We appreciate your co-operation and understanding as we continue to keep the Market an enjoyable place for all.
Please make sure you are also up to date on Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws around cannabis.
It’s our second annual All Hallow’s Ball! This year’s theme is Nightmare on Glasgow Street. We encourage you to dress as a classic horror character! No matter what you dress as, just come in costume! Because there will of course, be prizes!
All the stuff you loved about last year’s event will be back this year! The Market will be all decked out in the scariest of ways! There are all new sets being constructed and the Market will remind you of some of your favourite scary movies.
We are very proud and excited to have Nova Scotia Spirit Co. on board as a sponsor this year. Bringin’ their spirits in all ways! Proceeds from this event help us to Raise the Barn!
What’s included in your fun night?
Your ticket includes:
$7 credit at Somkinstein Food Truck
Live music from the Pistol Packin Papas
A ride home with CHAD Transit
1st, 2nd and 3rd overall individual costume
Best Couples costume
Guests must be 19 years or older.
Tickets go on Sale at 9:00am September 1st, online and at the Market
A few photos from last year:
And don’t forget our last event for the year will be our first ever Winter Wonderland Gala. Pre-sale tickets online only at 9am November 1st, remaining tickets will be available at the Market November 3rd.
We have a special musical Saturday planned for you at the Market this Saturday. We are welcoming Jim Hadley and his wife Kim. But not only that, they will be joined by some of their musically talented friends, and if you read on, you just might recognize them!
Jim Hadley is a member of the band ” Where Rivers Meet”
Beresford New Brunswick singer-songwriter Jim Hadley has performed across Canada and in the United States. He started his musical performances playing the harmonica at the age of 4 and was playing for audiences from that moment on. He was playing the guitar by the age of 10 and had developed an interest in singing at the same time. It
was not long before he was performing for audiences at various events. This included playing harmonica and singing as a guest on various Radio Shows both in the US and Canada. His love of music spans across many genres from Rock & Roll to Country to Swing / Big Band. He has had the opportunity to perform to, and delight large audiences across Canada. In addition, he has performed for Broadway genre productions.
Jim released his first album titled “At Last”
in October of 2008 while living in Dieppe NB. It includes an English and French compilation of songs he has written )
and composed. This album was recorded with the musical talents and
support of his wife Kim ( vocals ) and son Scott (vocals / Drums ).
Jim currently performs with his wife Kim as the group “ Silver Sound “ at various types of venues, and also performs with the group “ Classic Country “ as one of the lead singers and lead / rhythm guitarists. (source: http://www.whereriversmeet.ca/jim-hadley.html)
Also joining Jim and Kim are a music duo you may recognize. Nelson (aka beekeeper at Macd’s Bees and Maureen Macds Bees product developer extraordinaire) are also a very talented musical family.
They will be performing a set but also joining them are Declan Ror and Avery Cameron for a couple of tunes. You will be treated to an array of music genres; something for everyone to enjoy!
If you have been through the Giving Garden lately, you may have noticed it is looking a little over grown and weedy. We want you to know why.
Despite our Giving Garden volunteer’s best efforts to keep the weeds at bay and keep the garden looking nice, it has unfortunately been overrun by a very aggressive, noxious weed known as Wild Parsnip.
If you are not familiar, here’s some information on Wild Parsnip and why it’s so difficult to handle:
“Everyone is sensitive to wild parsnip and you do not need to be sensitized by a prior exposure to develop burns or blisters. You can brush against wild parsnip plants and not be affected. Parsnip is only dangerous when the plant sap from broken leaves or stems gets on your skin.” ( https://fyi.uwex.edu/weedsci/2001/07/04/wild-parsnip-3/ )
“Tips to avoid exposure include wearing gloves, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Planning control activities for the early evening will minimize sunlight and thus activation of the blistering process. If you are exposed to the plant juice, wash the contaminated areas thoroughly as soon as possible.”
We want you to know that we are working hard on this and we have enlisted the help of the Town of New Glasgow and the Dept of Agriculture to find a long term solution as it is beyond the capacity of our volunteer group to safely handle.
We are very thankful to the crew with the Town of New Glasgow who were at the garden weeding yesterday and will be weeding regularly. They are diligently working to help us try and keep on top of this.
Of course, this saddens us, but it really is beyond anyone’s control and our area is not the only one affected, this is a province and nationwide issue.
We will have signs posted at the entry ways of the garden for awareness. We want you to be aware that it is present and know what it looks like. We ask you to refrain from touching anything in the garden or pathways to remain as safe as possible and to supervise children at all times. This is good practice for any public space/pathway in the province or beyond. Should you come into contact with Wild Parsnip, DO NOT touch your eyes and wash your hands thoroughly.
We thank you for your understanding and co-operation while we continue to work hard rectify this situation.