Winter Wonderland Gala

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!

We are thrilled to offer this event with the support of Select Nova Scotia and the Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia. We would also like to thank Pantry Kitchen Catering and Rocklin Parties for supporting local and helping us to make this event a magical experience!

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!

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Cannabis at the Market

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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.

More Information:

Federal:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/laws-regulations.html

Provincial:

https://novascotia.ca/cannabis/laws/

 

 

All Hallow’s Ball – Nightmare on Glasgow St.

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Tickets on Sale September 1st, 9am

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
  • drink ticket
  • A ride home with CHAD Transit
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Scott DeCoste, Pistol Packin’ Papas   Photo Cred: Raven Media
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Smokinstein Food Truck  Photo Cred: Wonderland Photography

Prizes for:

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall individual costume
  • Best Couples costume
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Last Year’s 1st place Costume Winner, Aaron Finney as Pennywise  Photo cred: Wonderland Photography

Guests must be 19 years or older.

Tickets go on Sale at 9:00am September 1st,  online and at the Market

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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.

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Music at the Market- Jim & Kim Hadley (& friends)

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.

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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!

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Important Notice- Wild Parsnip

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:

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Things to know about Wild Parsnip:

“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.

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More on Wild Parsnip from around North America:

Being aware of the invasive plant known as wild parsnip

https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/beware-of-the-wild-parsnip-and-other-poisonous-plants/

https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/5742725-wild-parsnip-cow-parsnip-giant-hogweed-can-you-identify-them-and-which-is-most-toxic-/

http://www.trurodaily.com/news/local/poisonous-plants-no-cause-for-panic-says-official-146893/

 

 

NGFM Healthy Living Program

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We are excited and proud to introduce the NGFM Healthy Living program!

In our County,  there are many families who are food insecure meaning they do not always have enough money to get the food they need, much less have access to quality local food and we believe everyone deserves that!

We recognize that there are families who would like to shop at the Market but face a number of barriers including financial and social barriers.   We have been trying to figure out a way to make the Market more accessible to these families for awhile.   E

BC has an established provincial program being run with their Farmers Markets and Wolfville has run one successfully for the last few years as well. Of course we have been wanting to make this happen for our County and with a little help from our friends, we are able to do just that!

The NGFM Healthy Living Program will provide 10 low income families with $100 in Market Money for 7 months. We wanted to make sure that it continued through Christmas as this is often the hardest time for families.  The total investment in this program is $7,000.  This program is fully funded by the Aberdeen Health Foundation with in kind support from Kids First and the New Glasgow Farmers Market.

Kids First is a charitable organization that serves low income families with children. We approached Kids First because they have families with children and we wanted to give the kids the opportunity to have a good start in learning about local food and all that shopping at the Market has to offer them. This opportunity not only gives families access to healthy food, but they also get the added benefit of  social interaction and the feeling of inclusion in our community, something that can be difficult for these families.

For some of these families, the Market seems unattainable and intimidating. These families struggle for necessities and may not be able to afford little luxuries, like a nice bar of soap or a toy for their child, much less healthy local food. These little luxuries and something like eating out are often something that other people do. These families may not know the process of ordering fresh cuts of meat or had the opportunity to eat some of the unique produce at the Market, so much of this will be new to them.

These families will attend  a Market info session to help them understand what to expect. Together, we will be addressing their concerns with them to help make these processes less intimidating and help them to feel comfortable.

These families will have access to programming that will help with nutritional education, food preparation and more. This program will be administered with kindness, respect and dignity, free of stigma.

This program also does double, even triple duty.  As always, 100% of Market Money, including the Market Money from this program, spent at the Market goes directly to vendors (as it always does). So at the same time as these families benefit, local farmers, food producers and artisans that sell at the Market also benefit. They make their livelihood and in turn will spend their money in the community and then those businesses benefit too!  A ripple effect, like a drop in a pond!

This is a win-win-win, especially for families, but vendors and the community as a whole.

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These families will now have access to healthy local food. They will be able to be part of a community where they may have felt isolation before. Hopefully we will be able to illustrate to them that the Market is a comfortable place and that items are not as expensive as they think and that eating local, healthy food IS within their reach. These families will get to listen to music, they can take their child to lunch or buy them a special treat, maybe they can buy a roast or try some micro greens or a new variety of beet or carrot.  Maybe they can buy a nice bar of soap or enjoy some gluten free bread that they may not have been able to afford before. Perhaps they can buy a toy for their child’s birthday and at Christmas they can have a turkey.

This is about whole health and increasing quality of life and adding tools to the kids toolbox to help them make great choices that will set them on the right path as they grow up. This is about everyone being part of the community and the Market giving back.

If the program is successful and feedback from the families are positive, we will find a way to run it again. Someday maybe we will also have a provincially run program! Dream big.

We would like to thank the Wolfville Farmers Market  and the Farmers Market of Nova Scotia for helping us along the way, the team at Kids First and of course the Aberdeen Health Foundation for making this program possible!

Thank YOU for supporting the Market and coming out to shop with us every week.  It is because of your support that we have the encouragement to keep doing better.

 

Who’s Up For the Challenge?

Another peak season has arrived at our doorstep. As the weather warms and your farmers crops grow, the Market is bustling with that familiar laughter and neighborhood chatter.

This Saturday, we are proud to open our for our 10th peak season! As many of you know, the Market has evolved so much over the last 10 years, it’s pretty amazing!

Last year, we were thrilled to be able to build the Giving Garden. While the Giving Garden committee is hard at work making plans for the growing part, the other important part of the space is the patio which we hoped to turn into an outdoor classroom of sorts. We envisioned all kinds of things out there that all community members and visitors could access, tying into our vision of whole health and wellness.

We have been working on it! We have approached our vendors and some of our community organizations and friends of the Market. We challenged them…we really wanted to offer experiences at no charge in an effort to make them accessible for everyone regardless of situation and take cost out of the equation. We believe that everyone should have a chance to join in activities at the Market. So the deal was, if you are willing to join the cause and offer your service for free or at cost, then we will give you the space at no cost.

Because our community is amazing and believes in this project as much as we do, they were very generous and hopped on board to donate their time. They really saw this as a chance to make this something amazing, and we thank them for helping us get the ball rolling!

We are proud to tell you that as a result, we have some fabulous things coming up on garden patio. In future, you just need to look at the chalkboards for information on what’s coming up as well as our weekly poster that is published on Facebook weekly.

Coming up this Saturday, May 19th at 10:30am, local author Sarah Butland will be on the patio to give a reading.

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Reading at the Market Giving Garden at 10:30am, May 19th

June 16th

On June 16th we are very pleased to welcome Rachael MacLean and Raina McDonald to host yoga classes, free of charge!

Rachael is kindly hosting a free kids yoga class from 9 until 9:30am and then at

10-11am
A free all-levels yoga experience with Raina.
A restorative yet activating space to listen to your body and soul while strengthening and opening. Elements of gentle flow, breath and guided meditation…riverside!
Bring your mat and dress in comfy layers.

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This is just the beginning we have dates yet to be set but in the works are other exercise opportunities, a crochet/knit class and perhaps a flower arranging class or two.

Now here’s the challenge to you! We have lots of dates up until the end of October…we invite artisans & makers, musicians, fitness instructors, nutritionists, gardeners/garden clubs, authors, farmers, painters, poets, massage therapy, kids activities, you get the idea….come out and share your knowledge, lead a workshop, share what you know, teach others. The deal is the same, if you offer your service for free or at cost, you can have the space at no cost to you. You just need to contact us, throw your idea out there, we know there are lots of great ideas. We can work together to figure it out and  we’ll find a date and we can help you with registration as needed. Local, grass-roots organizations welcome, this is also a good time to give out information for your services.

This truly is for the community, by the community to better the community. Be part of the big picture, meet new friends and neighbours and you might just learn something in the process!

PS if you have spare yoga mats in good condition that you would be willing to donate, please bring them to the welcome table at the Market. We will keep them out side every Saturday for anyone that wishes to use them during Market hours.

Music at the Market- Brady Webb

Brady Webb is from Westville, N.S. He attends Northumberland Regional High School where he participates in the school band program, Me to We, International Buddies and NSSSA (Nova Scotia Secondary School Association). He enjoys volunteering throughout his community which includes teaching swim lessons at the YMCA.

Brady started chanter lessons at age 7 and was on bagpipes by age 9. He has been a member of Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Dartmouth and District Pipe Band. Over the years, he has participated in many highland games and competitive piping competitions. Brady has earned the Piper of the Day award for numerous solo grade levels as well as has been awarded the Sandy MacLean Memorial Trophy given to a promising local piper at the New Glasgow Festival of the Tartans. Other major awards include Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association Champion Supreme Award for solo piping Grades 5, 4, 3 and 2, overall PipeBand Champion for Grades 4, 3 and 2 and a 4th place finish at the North American Piping Championships. Brady plans on competing as a solo Grade 2 piper during summer Highland Games competitions throughout the Atlantic Provinces and Canada.

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Introducing Henny & Cecil

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Meet Henny & Cecil from the New Glasgow Farmers Market located in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia (Pictou County along the beautiful Northumberland Shore)! They are about to embark on a quest to visit as many Farmers Markets as possible. Their mission: to spread the message about the importance of Farmers Markets and the love of local…wherever you are!

If you happen to come across Henny or Cecil, please take them to your local Farmers Market and document your journey with photos along the way. Once at your Farmers Market, take a photo of them there and then post the photos to their Facebook page and tag us on instagram @ngfarmmarket. Use the hashtags #henny&cecil #ngfarmmarket  and #FarmersMarket  *Hint: They also love craft breweries and local wineries too!

Once you have shown them around the Market, please give them to someone at that Market or another person who you know will take them to another Market. If possible, take a photo of the adoptive “farmer” who will take them to the next Farmers Market.

Let’s see how many places they can visit! We will share all of their adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

We love mail, if you would like to send us a postcard or letter from Henny or Cecil, we would love to post it at our Market!

Mail it to:

New Glasgow Farmers Market
261 Glasgow St.,
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
B2H 5C2

MORE ABOUT HENNY & CECIL

Henny & Cecil were “born” in 2017. Created by New Glasgow Farmers Market (NGFM) vendor Melissa Zimmerman of Handcrafted by Melissa. Melissa has been a vendor with the NGFM from it’s beginning! She crochets beautiful scarves, blankets, hats, and stuffed friends just like Henny & Cecil.

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Henny & Cecil were chosen by Market Manager Kristi to go on this very special journey. She thought they were the perfect pair to help spread happiness and also a way to see how many people would take part and see how far they could travel so that everyone could see what other Farmers Markets were like.

Like anyone, before they could leave on their journey, Henny & Cecil had to prepare. They visited Lisa with LK Designs. Lisa outfitted them with specially made tags that would stand up to travel. The tags holds the important information on what to do if you meet Henny or Cecil.  Lisa makes children’s clothing, reading pillows and so many other things, are loving created by hand!

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Once they had their tags, Henny & Cecil traveled to Charlotte of Quilted Chaos. Charlotte was tasked with making Henny & Cecil’s journey comfortable and safe. She made them a bag that would be carried with them them. It would keep them clean and give their adoptive farmers an easy way to carry them.

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Henny & Cecil on the way to get fitted for their custom bags

Just before they leave, Kristi will make sure the instructions are carefully attached to Henny & Cecil’s tags.

Now they are ready to go!

Stay tuned and let’s see how far their adventure takes them! Don’t forget to like and follow them on facebook and follow @ngfarmmarket on instagram.