Entertainment at the Market

This Saturday June 3rd, we have some very special guests…a Highland dance group!

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The highland dancers are dancers at the Holly MacDonald Bent School of Dance. A group of the premier dancers are preparing to dance at ScotDance Canada Championship Series in PEI in July. They will be taking part in the small group choreography challenge, as well as other competitions including the Canadian Championship. The theme of the choreography is Canada 150, and their dance will represent the joining of the original four provinces coming together to form Canada.

At the Market, they will be performing a variety of dances including the Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Sean Tribuhas as well as the national dances.

See them from 9am until 1pm this Saturday!

So You Think You Can Shop- Farmers Market Edition

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Insider Tips and Tricks from a Market Manager

Farmers Markets are so unique, shopping at them is an experience unlike any other. Not only are they unique from other places you shop, but they also vary greatly from each other.  Farmers Markets are made up of locally raised foods and hand crafted items unique to the geographic areas they are in. You will  find items that reflect the local culture and spirit of the surrounding communities. Farmers Markets offer face to face interaction, lowers the carbon footprint and there’s a direct and transparent supply chain.  These are just a couple of the reasons among many that illustrates why people shop at Farmers Markets.  While you can certainly just go to the Market, there are ways that you can ensure you get the most out of your Market experience.

As someone who organizes the Market each week, it’s easy for us on the Market side to just assume that you know all these intricacies but alas, you know what they say about assuming!  That being said I thought it might be handy to give you a bit of an inside look at how things work and that might help you get the very best out of your Market trips. I’m going to call it Market Shopping 101…I hope you find these things useful.

  1. PLAN AHEADNGFM List
  • Make a list of all the things you really need at the Market and the things you want to check out a little closer. Once at the Market, you will want to take your time to look around and see everything there is to see, but you don’t want to forget what you came for. Nothing is more frustrating than getting home to find out you forgot your lettuce.
  • The best way to plan ahead is to know who is coming to Market. Each week we post a poster that lists all the causal vendors that come to the Market for the coming Saturday. These are the ones who aren’t with us every week and we do it so that you know who is new and you can see if this is the week that a certain vendor is with us.  You will also find that starting on about Wednesday and Thursday, we really start posting all the interesting items you will find on Saturday to social media. Pay attention to these posts and then if you see anything that catches your eye, write it on the “Check it Out” section of your list. If you aren’t seeing these posts in your social media feed, make a point of going to our page to take a look for yourself…Facebook only shows you so much.
  • **keep in mind that the Market is home to more than 70 individual business owners, so there may be last minute changes. That may mean we weren’t able to advertise a vendor due to a last minute addition or they aren’t at Market as advertised to to an unexpected absence.

2. COME PREPARED

  • Bring your reusable bags and try to bring some smaller bills and change with you. Keep in mind that while vendors are advised to keep a supply of change on hand, when they get several $20 bills in a row, especially on small items first thing in the morning, it makes it very difficult for them to make change. It might seem like a little thing but they will be very grateful for your thoughtfulness.
  • If you are coming for awhile or maybe going somewhere else after the Market, bring a cooler with you to store your meat and veggies. This will save you the disappointment of spoilage due to a hot car later on.

3. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WELCOME TABLE

  • Not the most imaginative name, but we are welcoming, so that’s a thing. Have a question or need some general information? We are here to help. We do move the table from time to time due to space availability, but we are always there. We can answer questions, help you if you’re looking for a certain item or vendor and we have 50/50 tickets for sale as well as Market swag. If you need help with something out to your car, one of our volunteers can help!

4.  GO AHEAD, MAKE IT A DAYmeals-master

  • We work hard at making the Market a place you want to be and hang out at on a Saturday morning and we hope that you make it part of your weekly routine. We know that you likely have other things to do, but if you can possibly swing it, set the time aside and make a point to spend time at the Market and really look around. Have a bite to eat…come for breakfast and stay for lunch and shop in between. We’re not rushing you, we want you to spend time with us!
  • As an organizer we sometimes have to move vendors around so you may find that your vendor isn’t always in the same spot. This is usually out of organizational necessity or requirement, but it also keeps you looking and you might find something new that you haven’t seen before.
  • The great thing about small producers and artisans is that they have the flexibility to change items, so really look at their tables and see what’s new. Don’t be afraid to stop, they’re happy to see you!
  • We have lots of local music at the Market. They come to play for you out of passion for what they do and out of their appreciation for the Market.  They will have an open case, show them your appreciation!
  • Make two full laps around the Market. On your first pass, stop and look at everything, remember that list? Use it to write things down and remember where you found them. On your second pass, go back to those things and purchase them!
  • Stop and talk to your friends and neighbors and make it a social day out, just be sure that your conversation isn’t blocking other patrons from reaching a vendors table. It makes it hard for vendors to earn their livelihood if customers can’t get to them!

5.  ENGAGE! ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW

  • Vendors are at the Market because they are passionate about what they do and you as a consumer have the unique opportunity to talk to the very person that grew, surprise-me-weekly-coffee-subscription-coffeexperts-ESX8fy-clipartmade or baked the item you are considering purchasing. Find out about their processes, more about their farm, what makes them tick. Your farmers and artisans are proud of what they have produced and they would love to share it with you. Don’t be afraid to take an interest!

6.  VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

  • Try something new. Every time. Pick up at least one new thing every time you come to the Market. We have so many interesting items. And if you’re not sure what to do with them, ask your producer. They are usually armed with tried and true recipes and new uses for those awesome things.

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  • Remember, everything is locally grown. If you are looking for fresh picked strawberries in December, you are going to be disappointed. Know what’s in season and when it’s coming up. We have info about that at the Welcome table we mentioned above.
  • At the same time, when something is in season, buy lots of it and preserve it by freezing, canning etc. That way, you can still have local strawberries in December.

8. DON’T SEE IT? ASK ABOUT IT.

  • When you are shopping with a vendor  and you see an item that isn’t exactly the colour or size you wanted or they don’t have the item you were looking for, ask! Yes, you can do that! Some vendors may be willing or able to custom make an item for you or may have one in stock at home that they just didn’t bring with them. Remember, it never hurts to ask!

9.  SHARE WITH US

  • Show or tell vendors how you are using their products. It will make them feel great and perhaps even give them a new idea on how to utilize their product.
  • Share your market finds with us. Post your photos to our facebook page or share on Instagram @ngfarmmarket with the hashtag #myngfmfinds We may share it but it shows others how clever you are with your Market finds. We also love recipes using our vendors products or seeing how that art piece looks in your home….just sayin’ngfmfinds

10. SPREAD THE WORD

  • Ask friends and neighbours if they have been to the market before. Tell them, show them or feed them the amazing items you found at the Market. Bring your visitors for a unique morning out. Farmers Markets have a large and positive local economic impact in their communities. When you shop with our vendors, your money is going directly to them and their families. When they have to make, bake or grow more, they have to buy more. They register their kids in community programs, shop at other local businesses, all from money earned at the Market. They are spending and re-investing that money in the community.

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Music at the Market- Caroline Boulter

New to the Market this week, May 27, 2017 is another talented young musician, Caroline Boulter.

Caroline is a Grade 7 student at New Glasgow Academy.  She has been playing the violin since she was three years old. She just moved to New Glasgow from Lethbridge Alberta in 2016.  Caroline BoulterShe continues to study the violin with Christy Hodder at the Maritime Conservatory in Halifax.  Through the Maritime Conservatory, she joined the Nova Scotia Youth Ambassadors. Under the direction of Christy Hodder, this group of young violinists travels around Nova Scotia and Canada performing both traditional fiddle music and classical repertoire.  Caroline has been the recipient of many awards both since coming to Nova Scotia and in Lethbridge. She has travelled over from Alberta to New England to Halifax as part of her music education. Caroline is busking today to help raise money for the NSYA as they plan to travel to the Tavistock Fiddle Festival in Ontario and the end of June.

 

Exciting News Growing Your Way!

The Giving Garden

We are very excited to announce that construction is about to begin on a very special garden space at the Market! You can find the press release here.

A community garden of sorts has been on our wishlist for a number of years, right behind a year round building. Now that we have a  year round home, it’s time to start pursuing our other goals. Initially, the garden was to be a space behind the dome, a tiered garden.

We were very excited to announce earlier this year that we received a generous $3000 grant from the Pictou County Community Health Board towards the project.

Just recently, we found out that our garden project was a recipient of a 150 Forward Fund grant in the amount of $14,000, with $1,000 of that amount committed to Canada150 celebrations at the Market on July 1st.

This is huge. This budget means we can do so much more for the garden. We can have a larger impact on our community and sooner than expected. Thanks to the generosity and partnership of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Town of New Glasgow  and the Pictou County Community Health Board,  this project will reach completion this year, rather than in phases as originally planned.

The Goal of the Giving Garden

Why the Giving Garden? This is not a community garden in the sense where everyone gets plot of land to grow because quite simply, there isn’t enough space.  The Market is about produce and good food and nutrition, yes. However, we believe in whole health and wellness. Mind, body and soul. We want the garden to contribute and “give” to all of these things in our community and for years to come. We can give in many ways and that’s why we chose to call it the Giving Garden.

For the Mind and the Soul

The garden will have a concrete patio which will last for many years. During Market this will be a place you can take your food, coffee or snack to sit and relax riverside and socialize with friends and neighbours. However, the patio will also double as an outdoor classroom. In future, we hope to offer programs on gardening or other workshops, the possibilities are really endless.

The garden will also have a space for quiet reflection, surrounded by flowers overlooking the river for those that are looking for a quiet space.

We will be able to start a youth program. With our community, we will be able to teach our youth how to grow starting from seed and then they can transplant their plants into the raised beds when it comes time.

For the Body

Of course we will have raised beds, including a wheelchair accessible area. We will be able to plant fruits and vegetables. The rest of the garden will include as many edible plants and flowers as possible. The bounty will then be given back to the community in a yet to be determined process.

We are hoping once everything is built and ready to go, that there will be community groups that will be willing to come in and help us maintain and work the garden. Gardening after all, is good for the soul!

We will also be able to connect the existing Pioneer Trail to the rest of the New Glasgow Riverside by improving the section behind the Market building.

We have a volunteer group comprised of our dedicated farmers and garden enthusiast vendors who are diligently planning, designing and ready to build and plant. Our goal is to have it all ready to unveil to you this July 1st, on Canada’s 150th birthday! We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony among other activities and you will be able to visit the Giving Garden!

We hope that once built, the garden will keep giving for years to come.

We will keep track of our progress and you can follow along as the space transforms. We will also be looking for friends of the garden as we are looking for materials to build and then later maintain.

Once again, we are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

The Market also recognizes the significant, on-going partnership with the Town of New Glasgow who worked with us and generously donated the land behind the Market to us and the important contribution of the Pictou County Community Health Board to this community project.

It takes a community to grow a garden and a garden to grow a community!

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Press Release

Here’s a look at the space before, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with progress photos as we always do!

 

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Come and Visit Us

The smell of spring is in the air. We dream of warm, lazy summer days on the beach and enjoying all the farm fresh bounty that our fields have to offer. The smell of fresh baked breads, unique creations by our talented artisans and cultural culinary delights that tingle the taste buds are plentiful. Local music, laughter and friendship are always in abundance at the Market. Here, everyone is family.

As you plan your Maritime vacation or staycation, be sure to add the New Glasgow Farmers Market to your trip. It’s the perfect start to any weekend! After your trip to the Market, be sure to visit our surrounding communities on the Northumberland Shore to take advantage of the beauty, talent and experiences our region has to offer.

Our farmers, food producers, artisans and musicians are ready to welcome you!

See you at the Market!

 

 

On your Mark, Get Ready, Set….

And Go!

We are ready to go, and we can barely wait! Your vendors overwhelmingly decided that they would like to come back early to greet you!

Over the next few weeks, you will start to find many of your favourite vendors on a regular basis! Additionally, we are super excited and happy to welcome some brand new faces.

Some of your favourite vendors will be moving around, some will have moved into the dome this week and some will be moving a bit later on. While it might be confusing at first, we hope that you will use it as a time to take a good look around, you just might find something you haven’t seen before!

This Saturday, April 1st, we welcome back all of your favourite food vendors! Syrian Delights, Spicy Kitchen and Shree Curry Place who have been rotating, will now be back to serve you on a weekly basis! You will find Lema and the Spicy Kitchen in the dome along with Jiggy Java who will still have her Jiggy muffin and sandwiches available, Shree Curry place will join Big Cove Foods, Big Willie’s Brunch and West Side Bistro in the Market building.

We also welcome first time vendor Mack Mariplex with gourmet popcorn! They have been patiently waiting for us to make room! Show them some love by visiting them this Saturday!

Some of your other returning./moving vendors:

Dome

Lyn-Sue Wice

The Spoonery

RoRo’s Hotsauce

Merigomish Market Garden

Peace by Chocolate

Ken’s Leather

Nova Scotia Spirit Company

Soap Company of Nova Scotia

Quilted Chaos

Carlson Family Farm

Ste Famille Winery

The Spicy Kitchen

Syrian Delights

Market Building

Northumberland Hemp

Dalhousie Maple Syrup

LK Designs

Knoydart Farm

Carlson Family Farm

Shree Curry Place

If you are looking for a vendor on this list who is currently at the Market on a weekly basis and they aren’t mentioned, it’s because they are staying in the Market building.

Of course there will be more new and returning vendors every week! So come on out every week to see who’s new!!

See you at the Market!

Get Cookin’ at the Market!

Now that we have two kitchens at the Market, we have decided that we would like to offer the dome kitchen to a vendor on a seasonal basis. We would like to invite interested candidates to apply for the 2017 season! This is open to current vendors and new applicants are also welcome and encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates must be willing to commit to the following:

  • attend the Market every Saturday from May 20 until October 28th, 9am until 1pm (this can go longer depending on how long we have water since the building is not heated)
  • provide multiple menu items
  • successful candidate must apply for a Schedule A permit (do not apply until you have been identified as the successful candidate) and have a Food Handlers certificate from the Department of Environment upon acceptance
  • will adhere to all rules, regulations etc. set out by the Market and sign a Kitchen Agreement
  • Weekly kitchen fees are $70 for members, $85 for non-members, memberships are $50 per year. This includes additional access to the kitchen for food preparation in the approved kitchen.

Applicants must send proposals with a completed 2017 application (found on this website under the Become a Vendor tab) with your proposed menus to ngfarmmarket@gmail.com no later than April 9th, 2017.

The successful candidate will be chosen on April 12th.

**It is strongly recommended that anyone considering to apply attend the Membership Meeting at the Market on March 14th at 7pm to gather more information.