This is the final installment of our first ever Holiday Gift Guide. This segment is dedicated to all the wonderful things that will go great in your home and will take your holiday entertaining to the next level.
Imagine beautiful pieces of art and photography by local artists that grace the walls. Wrap into a carefully handcrafted blanket that gives the feeling of warmth and comfort through the cold winter months while sipping a glass of wine, spirit or a finely brewed craft ale. What better gift?
And if you’re entertaining, wow your guests with food that has local flare. Not sure where to start? Well, that’s why Farmers Markets are so great, they are the only places you can speak to the very people that make, bake or grow your food. The producers at the Market are there because they are passionate about what they do and take pride in their creations. Who better to ask for advice on what to serve or how to cook it?
We hope that the Gift Guide has been helpful and that you refer back to it all through the year. There are tons of great and unique ideas for every occasion, not just this Holiday season. We also hope that you continue to support us as we embark in our new adventure into a year round venue. We will be open December 12th and 19th and will continue to have vendors and artisans throughout the winter months as we launch into 2016 with the grand opening of our Winter Market on January 9th at 10am. It takes your support and the continued support of the rest of the community to help ensure that you have access to local food and goods all year round. Keep your eye out here for news! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best for a Local, Fresh & Flourishing New Year!
Without further delay here are some great ideas for Home and Entertaining:
FOR THE HOME
Snippets December 19th
James Fraser- Portrait Artist and customer sketch work, a personal gift that will last for generations
Handcrafted by Melissa- christmas decorations for the home…a perfect hostess gift…they will think of you every year!
Jiggy Java- Jiggy has her handcrafted Nova Scotia tartan throws. Gift the gift of home. Easy to wrap, easy to ship!
Wonderland Photography- beautiful photography prints by Heather MacDonald. Floral, to land and cityscapes, there is something here to please every decor. They come matted and ready to frame. For a real touch of home, add it to a care package with a Nova Scotia Tartan throw from Jiggy, a blanket from Lismore Sheep Farm. a bottle of one of our many great wines, spirits or ale and a food item of choice from Big Cove foods, Mister Products, Knotty Acres or some Chapel Cove Chocolate. Nova Scotia goodness!
Lyn-Sue Wice- Watercolour artist. Many subjects to choose from, but Lyn Sue-s work is personal and nostalgic. A beautiful gift for anyone. Beautifully matter and ready to frame. Pair it with many of our other local offerings to make a unique gift that is authentically Nova Scotia.
Piedmont Pottery- Handcrafterd pottery by Gary Fredericks, pair it with honey from MacD’s bees and chocolate from Chapel Cove or jams and jellies for tea and toast from MeMaws, Rita Heighton, Big Cove Foods or Knotty Acres.
Quilted Chaos- Hand quilted bowls…used for the most important belongings. Fill with with other goodies from the market and wrap it in our Farmers Market tote bag . A practical and beautiful gift!
The Spoonery- Handcrafted wooden serving ware that will stand the test of time. Hand carved by Matt Dondale. Add any one of these to a kitchen basket filled with Market goodies. Honeys, chocolate, jams and jellies, a market gift certificate with a pair of Matt’s “bear claws” for serving salad, the combinations are endless.!
Lismore Sheep Farm- Wool Blankets, wool dryer balls, and so much more! December 12th & 19th
Art By Dionne- From fridge magnets, to notepads and pens and art on canvas, Dionne has very unique pieces that make coveted gifts. Be sure to visit Dionne and she will help you find just the right thing!
Samco Creations- Youth vendor Samuel Thompson has unique birdhouses, vinyl record bowls and Christmas tree decorations. Birds need warm winter housing too!
Chapel Cove Chocolate- Chocolate for all occasions! A great hostess gift or favours at the table!
Mister Products- A variety of condiments, sauces, baked good and pickled items. Ray has just what you need to make your food sparkle!
MacD’s Bees- Sweeten up your guests…honey goes great in any recipe and also makes a great hostess gift!
West Side Bistro- Meat pies, delicious cheesecakes, pies and pastries…save yourself some time and know that by doing that, you are not sacrificing quality! Good, local food with real ingredients!
Uncle Leo’s Brewery- Whether is a host(ess) gift or for your meal. A fine , local craft Ale is always just the right thing. Rebecca and Karl will be able to help you select just the right beer! No Holiday party is complete without it!
Little Dan D Farm- Farm raised, free range pork and chicken. Get a Market gift certificate for you recipient so they can come back and buy the Maple Syrup as soon as it’s ready! Local goodness….fresh breakfast sausages on Christmas morning! Nothing better!
BLM Meats- Award winning, farm fresh, grass fed beef raised right here in Pictou County. The boys at BLM will help you pick just the right cut for you Christmas meals. From farm to table in just a few kilometers. Great tasting, award winning local beef!
Petite Riviere Winery- Not sure which wine to choose? Christine from Petite Riviere has you covered. She will be able to suggest the right thing….from wine to ciders, she’s got it all!
Knoydart Cheese Farm- A selection of hand made fine cheeses, perfect with wine and a fresh baguette from Mister Products. Fraser is with us the 3rd Saturday of every month, year round…so you will see him next on December 19th!
Big Cove Foods- Spice it up! Sauces, spices, jellies and more…Big Cove has just what you need to add some pizzazz, goes great with any meat! Dave and Sarah can help you with just the right blend…and they have recipes too!
Steinhart Distillery- Organic vodkas….unique gifts but fantastic for entertaining. Just ask them about the many different wonderful ways you can use it! Produced close to home, it’s just one more local favourite!
Lakenman’s Farm- Susan is back on December 19th with all your Christmas veggies! Fresh & beautiful produce, be sure to hurry in, they won’t last long!
St. Famille Winery- St Famille has a variety of wines from the valley that will go great with any meal! John and Lonny can help you choose just the right one!
Bramble Hill Farm- Cathy has a selection of greens, just waiting for your special touch! Locally grown goodness is still possible! You will Bramble Hill farm with us regularly at the Winter Market.
Little Dorset Farms- Meat pies, sausage rolls, bacon, chicken, beef and pok. Maureen has what you need!
Little Dorset Farm- Order your farm fresh, free range turkey, available for pick up on December 23rd!
Ironworks Distillery- trios , $26 for three 50 ml bottles cranberry, blueberry and raspberry rum – light, amber, dark spirits – vodka, apple brandy and amber rum
Ironworks Distillery- A very unique gift…the Pear de Vie! Each year bottles are placed on tree and approximately half are harvested resulting in pear in bottle Pear de Vie for $125.00. The bottle is presented in wooden carved box with letter re: harvest.
I Love Farmers Markets tote bags- wrap your hostess gift in this! available at the welcome table for $15…make it part of your gift and eliminate the need for gift wrapping!
Knotty Acres- Jams and ajellies for all ocassions. Red Pepper Jelly, beer jellies made with Uncle leo’s ale…both go perfect over baked bries or creams cheese….ask Colin for more cooking ideas!