With a year in our new building under way we now are focussing on some other great projects, goals and initiatives so we can cross them off our to-do list. One of them that has been on our radar for some time has been the goal of adding an AED at the Market. And since February is recognized as heart month, we thought now would be a good time to get started on our goal!
What is an AED?
AED stands for Automatic External Defibrillator. It is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. It is very easy to use and it can save a life.
Why Do We Need One?
Though we are currently open one day per week, we are a public place. We see about 1500 to as many as 3000 people come through our doors when we hold special events. Not only that, it is our goal to hold more events and become a gathering place for all in our community. There are also large events that take place near us such as Race on the River, Johnny Miles, Relay for Life and this year, we are home base for Coldest Night of the Year. These are all active events and for the safety of our guests, visitors and yes, our vendors too, we would like to have one of these machines available should the occasion arise. We think the more of these we have available in our community, the better.
How Much Does It Cost?
A good, reliable AED will cost in the neighbourhood of around $2000+ dollars. It does have to be maintained and in the unfortunate event where we actually have to use it, we will have to re-stock defibrillation pads as well as provide maintenance to ensure it is in good operating condition should we need to use it. We also have to train our staff and board members how and when to use it. Taking these factors into consideration, our goal is to raise at least $5, 000.
We are a non-profit organization and we have many other initiatives in the works for this year so we are asking for your help so we can accomplish as many of these initiatives as possible. We are asking for your help to reach our goal.
How Can I Help Save a Life?
There are a few ways you can donate:
Come to the Market and leave your donation in our AED collection box
Want to use a credit card? Click on the donate button below and make a donation via PayPal
We celebrated the grand opening of our new, heated building and held our first ever Winter Market! The Town of New Glasgow held their 2nd annual Chill Out event at the Market and we are very happy to be the location of the 2017 Chill Out event again this year on January 14th, 2017!
Because of our new winter home, we were able to provide a marketplace for more than 30+ vendors including farmers, food producers and artisans to sell their wares for the winter and early spring months who would otherwise have not had a local place to sell their goods. This earned them money and of course when you buy, they have to re-stock and that means shopping here at home. We saw record breaking attendance at the opening in January. We continued to welcome roughly 700 shoppers every Saturday through the winter months, great for our first time open in the winter! This gave our community another place to shop for local goods through these months.
We grew into two buildings when we re-opened the dome in late April. Because of this, we were able to increase our vendor capacity by more than 100%, making our Market home to more than 70 vendors through the peak season!
This year we saw our attendance increase by 60% and on occasion, we more than doubled attendance over last year, showing that we had many new visitors joining us throughout the season. That means more people supporting local and putting money into our local economy!
As you may (or may not know) the New Glasgow Farmers Market is an independent non-profit organization. We are run by a board of volunteers and we are a co-operative, meaning that all the vendors are also expected to participate in the successful functioning of the Market, and we have one staff member, the Market Manager. All the money required for operating comes solely from weekly table fees paid by vendors and fundraising. We do also apply for grants as well when possible.
Fundraising includes our gift baskets and weekly 50/50 draw. They also include occasional events that the community can come out and enjoy.
We decided to change our approach with fundraising this year and try some new events. As with all grand plans, some of the ideas were great, others not so much. But it was all worth a shot, you never know until you try!
We held two fabulous main events last year. Our first was our From Market to Main Street event. It was a magnificent farm to table event designed to highlight the integral relationship between urban and rural communities. The event brought the community together in so many ways, more than we ever could have hoped for. That’s what the market is about, great local food and bringing people together!
On August 27, 2016 160 people dined in the middle of Provost Street in historic downtown New Glasgow. They came together for an unprecedented night of fun and friendship. We made the table in one long row on purpose, because people would need to sit near someone new, introducing them to someone they hadn’t met before. They enjoyed local food and music and sipped on local wine and craft beer. And in the end, friendships were made and fun was had by all. It really was a magical evening!
In addition to our amazing contributions from vendors, we had local partners that made it all possible and without them, we could not have pulled it all off. The Town of New Glasgow provided logistical support and approval to use the beautiful and historic Provost St. as the backdrop. Our food partner for this event was local chef Jason Conway from J Conway Catering. We gave him the challenge of preparing a meal from as many locally grown foods sourced from the Market as possible. He kindly donated his time and talents for this event!
We partnered with Glasgow Square Theatre who lined up local talent. Guests listened to the talents of market favourites Heather Cameron , Amelia Parker and Ray Stewart and of course Pat Spaulding! Pictou County Pop Classics brought down the house with a preview of their 70’s show which was a sold out event after their appearance at the Market to Main event.
The decor and consulting that provided the most beautiful and elegant setting was provided by local business Rocklin Parties. All the details, like flowers and hay came from Market vendors and many of the servers were vendors from the Market too!
We had 3 hours to turn a busy and bustling downtown into a beautiful and elegant dining room. Weather was not on our side at the beginning, causing rain delays and maybe a little gray hair for organizers and musicians. A wonderful thing happened when it rained though…guests huddled together under the awnings of local businesses to keep dry. They mingled and got to know people that maybe they hadn’t met before. The rain added to the intricacy of it all. In the end, the night cleared up and the meal was top notch … people were dancing in the streets!
Here are more photos from the event, courtesy of Wonderland Photography and Kimberly Dickson from the Town of New Glasgow, please click on the photo:
The event garnered attention, not only province wide, but we even had Markets from the country contact us asking how they could do it in their communities!
In fact, the night was so amazing, that we are going to do it again! We have a couple of twists up our sleeve and can’t reveal much more just yet, but you should mark August 19, 2017 on your calendar. Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for an announcement on 2017 tickets!
Our other big event for the year was Roktoberfest. Held on September 17th, the goal of this night was to put a focus on our many wonderful distilleries and local music. It was to be a casual and fun environment filled with music and food. We once again partnered with J Conway catering for a simple, yet delicious German inspired meal. Our partner, Rocklin Parties took good care of us too!
The night was a great success! We have a similar evening planned, but again with a twist in store, so for this one, mark October 28th on your calendar… and while we’re keeping it secret, we can tell you it will be a Boo-tiful evening and you’ll have a Monsterous-ly good time!
We also held our first ever weeknight Market in December. More than 2700 people came out and shopped with us! It gave those who may not normally have the opportunity to visit us on a Saturday a chance to come and see what we have to offer. It was so successful, we’ll be holding a couple more in 2017!
All in all, it was a very successful fundraising year for us. We raised more than $15, 000! In addition to operating costs, the more funds we raise, allows us to tackle some of the goals on our wishlist. And when we accomplish those goals and put on events, we strive to use local companies and businesses so the monies raised goes right back into our community. This year as we accomplished our goals and held our events, we also spent more than $20, 000 in our community along the way. That doesn’t even include all the supplies we had to purchase to stock the new building and more!
With some of the funds raised this year, we installed our Market Kitchen which is used on market days by Big Willie’s Brunch, but it is also utilized by some of our food vendors who require the use of an approved kitchen in order to sell at the Market. Without the kitchen, they would be unable to sell with us and offer their amazing food to you. We would like to thank Alain Bosse, the Kilted Chef for consulting with us and helping us with our vision. We purchased flooring materials from McLean’s Flooring, and Lyon’s Brook Piping and Welding, did a fabulous job fabricating our beautiful stainless countertops and Happy Harry’s Pictou County found us just the right cabinets. We purchased our stove from Chediac’s . Of course we cannot forget to thank St. Joseph’s Academy for generously donating the beautiful triple sink and tap in our kitchen! Big thanks goes to Colin from Knotty Acres who constructed, painted and built the kitchen and installed the kitchen floor and tile backsplashes in the Market. Lumber and other materials came from various shops within our county.
We also purchased heaters for the dome and while it definitely was not a tropical destination, they did take the edge off. They enabled us to keep both buildings open, offering you more variety of local goods and more vendors had a holiday Marketplace. We purchased them from Terry and his team at Graybar .
We thank you all for your support and we have some fabulous things happening at Market in 2017! We have a special project or two that we will get to cross off our wish list that will better our community. And of course we will have some more great events that you will not want to miss. Stay tuned and keep in the know, you will not want to miss it!
We look forward to starting our 2017 season with you on January 14 at 9am!
We are continuing to be Local, Fresh and Flourishing!
‘Twas Weeks Before Christmas”
-A Farmer’s Market Poem, by Kristi
‘Twas weeks before Christmas, when all through the town,
Citizens were asking, where are the best gifts around?;
The New Glasgow Farmers Market has gifts made with care,
Items are one of kind, so unique and rare;
The vendors were nestled all snug by their tables,
From jellies to jewelry to authors selling fables;
Woolen slippers from Lismore and MeMaws selling caps,
One of a kind gifts, that would not overlap.
When out of the door there arose such a tune,
With melodies so catchy you couldn’t help croon .
Away to the kitchen, the people ran to eat,
Outside they waited for the friends they would meet.
Pat’s cookies and coffee to take on the go,
“Hey, don’t forget my beer from Uncle Leo’s!”,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
A nice bottle of wine from Petite Riviere!
Lakenman’s Farm, service so friendly and quick,
You just can’t resist eating all their fresh picks.
More rapid than eagles, seasons went and they came,
So happy to see patrons, they were called by their name;
“Now, SHEILA! now, BRENDA! now, AMANDA and SHARON!
On, PAT! on PAUL! on, JOHN and KAREN!
To the back of the dome! to the front of the wall!
Now shop away! shop away! shop away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they met with an obstacle, moved around to the side,
So around the market with precise skills they flew,
Filling reusable bags with local gifts and great food.
At MacD’s Bees they found lots of honey so sweet,
Then they got free range beef at BLM Meats.
Mister Products had sauces and condiments galore,
To go with Little Dorset’s farm fresh turkey and more.
Fresh breads and pies baked by Will and Rilda,
And a scarf for mom that was Handcrafted by Melissa.
Eat Chapel Cove Chocolate and you’ll never look back
You’ll hide it and hoard it right in your pack!
The customer’s eyes — how they twinkled! They looked so merry!
That would be Steinhart’s liquor made from fresh berries!
Under the weather or not feeling like you?
Be sure to ask Conny, she’ll know just what to do.
So many talented artists the market does boast,
It’ll definitely be hard to tell which you like most;
Photography by Heather or Art By Dionne,
Maybe a print from Lyn-Sue, I could go on and on!.
Big Cove Foods, they have your spice,
No matter which you choose, it’s sure to taste nice!
Too many vendors to mention, there’s not enough space,
So be sure to come meet them and talk face to face.
If you’re at a loss and you can’t give more ties,
Get a Farmers Market Gift certificate, it’s just the right size!
There’s one important thing about which we are vocal,
No matter what you do, strive to always buy local!
Our volunteers they will greet you and continue to work,
You’ll always get a real smile and never a smirk!
We appreciate our shoppers, they’re such a great sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!
The Spoonery has great sppons and kitchenware gadgets all handmade. Speak with Matt and he will help you find the most unique kitchen tool!
Caldera Distilling is located in River John. Their Hurricane 5 please the more sophisticated palette. Attractively labeled, pair it with a glass. You will find them at the Market December 7, 10 and 17th.
Chapel Cove Chocolate has a large variety of flavours and gift boxes. From a thank you box, perect or a host or a teacher to a Winter Fun box, stop by and pick out some amazing chocolate….but buy one for youself too because it’s so tasty, your gift might not make it otherwise!
Beautiful jewellery from Art by Dionne!
Unique and beautiful jewelry from Little Acorns
Le Soap has a collection of soaps, bath bombs and salts that anyone would love to use in the bath! Talk to them about what might be right for you!
Lk Designs…grow with me pants! For children from 6months up to 4 years…check out her other amazing children’s wear and accessories for something totally unique! Find her every Saturday!
Lee Bezanson Jewellry handcrafts beautiful tree of life jewellery. Alls shapes and sizes on semi precious stones!
That time of year is coming up again…the Holidays (as if you hadn’t noticed)! It’s a very busy time of the year with lots of hustle and sometimes too much bustle! We have lots of things happening at the Market to help make this time a little easier for you!
Here’s what you need to know!
First and most important, when are we open??
We are open EVERY Saturday until December 17th, 9am until 1pm (we will re-open on January 14th, 2017)
For the first time EVER, we have added a weeknight Market. This Market will take place on Wednesday December 7th from 4 pm to 8pm
more than 50 local prepared food vendors and local artisans
there will be lots of hot, prepared foods, so come straight after work have a bite to eat or shop and then take some food home and save your the trouble of making dinner!
Santa will make an appearance from 6:30-7:30pm and Alley Cats Studios will be on hand so you can get photos taken too!
Gift wrapping service available and don’t forget to take advantage of our Help Your Elf Program, details below.
Christmas Markets, December 10 & 17th same hours but Santa and Alley Cats will be with us too from 11:30am until 12:30pm
Gift Wrapping available and December 10th is the last chance to Help Your Elf
Special Holiday Programs
From now until December 17th, we are offering a gift wrapping service with help from Market elf Rhonda!
Bring your gifts to Rhonda and she will wrap them for you. Wrap it as is, or choose a beautiful gift basket or re-usable tote bag. Choose from beautiful embellishments such as chalkboard tags, bows, ribbons and more! No matter which holiday you celebrate or even a birthday, we have wrapped up! This is a fundraising initiative for the market, proceeds go to upcoming projects!
Let us take another thing off your plate and make your holiday easier!
We took something off your plate, let us put something ON your plate! We have a beautiful gift basket up for raffle. This basket was designed to give you everything you need for your holiday dinner. It includes a free range turkey from Little Dorset Farm, $30 in produce from Lakenman’s Farm, organic cheese from Knoydart Farm, craft beer from Uncle Leo’s Brewery, wine from Petite Riviere Vineyards and Sainte Famille Winery, candles from MacD’s Bees, art, soap, cranberry sauce, spice to cook your turkey with from Big Cove Foods and Mister Products, beautifully handmade chocolates from Chapel Cove Chocolate and the list goes on and on and on and….well you get the point!
Tickets are on sale until December 10th and we will hole the draw at the end of Market on that day. The lucky winner will pick up their turkey, produce, cheese and all the fixin’s on December 17th! Tickets are only $2 each or 3 for $5
Help Your Elf!
Don’t want to risk getting a vaccuum, another neck tie or ice cube tray? Let us increase your odds of getting something beautiful and unique!
Introducing our new Help Your Elf program…Print this form take it to the market. When you find something you love, write it down and describe the item the best you can, fill out which vendor you found it at, then return the form to the Welcome table (located next to the ATM and we will e-mail your elf to tell them where and when to find it! You get just the thing your looking for and your elf is happy because you are happy AND you have a supported a local vendor and their family too! A win-win-win situation!
Coming soon will be our 2nd annual Market Gift Idea Guide…whether it’s for her, him, everyone, stockings/hostess gifts or more…we will be able to give you some ideas so you can find just the right thing! Keep an eye out here the last week of November!
Gift Certificates & Swag
As always, we have Market gift certificates. they come in $10 denominations so the lucky recipient can shop around the market and get just the right thing!
We also have t-shirts, aprons, onesies and tote bags! Available at the Gift Wrapping centre…see Rhonda for availability and pricing.
We want you to shop local and we’re making it easy for you! It’s not how much you spend, but how you spend makes a big difference!
The New Glasgow Farmers Market Presents From Market to Main Street
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Glasgow, NS – The New Glasgow Farmers Market will present for the first time in Nova Scotia, a unique farm to table event, From Market to Main Street. This unique experience will take place on Provost Street in historic downtown New Glasgow and will feature a fully catered, three course meal and live music.
The New Glasgow Farmers Market has partnered with the Town of New Glasgow to host this first of its kind experience. On the night of August 27th, tables will line the centre Provost Street, a main street of downtown New Glasgow. Guests will enjoy a cocktail/tapas hour, followed by an elegant three course meal prepared by local chef Jason Conway of J Conway Catering. The meal will be prepared from ingredients sourced from local producers and vendors found at the New Glasgow Farmers Market. The purpose of this special event is to unite friends, neighbours and visitors with local farmers and producers through food, emphasizing the vital connection between rural and urban communities.
This event wouldn’t be complete without local, homegrown talent. The Market has partnered with Glasgow Square Theatre to provide the perfect musical complement to this experience. Working with their fall program, Glasgow Square is assembling a selection of amazing local talent. “When we were asked if we would like to partner with the Market on this innovative first of its kind dinner, it was a no brainer”, says Program & Events Manager Carlton Munroe.
“The Town of New Glasgow is excited to be partnering with the market on this ‘farm to table’ event. What a unique way to showcase and draw new attention to our regional market. This seems to be the trend in other parts of the country, and we are so proud and impressed with the creativity and hard work of our local market”, says Geralyn MacDonald, Community Development Director for the Town of New Glasgow.
Tickets are only $55 per person for this unique experience and vegetarian options are available. Tickets are available at the New Glasgow Farmers Market located at 261 Glasgow St. in New Glasgow on Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm, at the New Glasgow Town Hall, by clicking Buy Tickets on our Facebook Page or online at http://NGFarmMarket.eventbee.com/event?eid=182349111
The Dixie Rovers are a group of 7 local musicians who enjoy playing traditional Dixieland jazz. In existence for only 2 full years, they have performed at such events as the Antigonish Art Fair, Highland Games Street Fair, Olde Stumpe Frolic, and at the Antigonish Farmer’s Market.
Based in Antigonish, but with some members also hailing from Pictou County, this year the Rovers will be playing several local events including at the Pictou Lobster Carnival, Trenton Antique Car Show, and for New Glasgow’s pre-Canada Day celebrations on the riverfront on June 30. Our 7-piece group includes trumpet, clarinet, tenor sax, trombone, tuba, tenor banjo, and percussion.
Come on out and listen to some fine traditional Dixieland jazz with the Dixie Rovers! Performance begins at 9:30am.
This week we are excited to welcome yet another very talented musician to the Market!
NikiV is a singer/songwriter from Pictou County. She is a multi-instrumentalist and has been performing at various venues throughout the county for the past few years.
Her passion for performing is obvious and her energy is contagious. She has written several originals, along with performing many of the classics we all know and love. Niki lives for her music, and is grateful to come from such a supportive and caring community.
Regan Keay is an 18 year old from New Glasgow and she has been singing since she could talk! You may have seen her at the Market for the past two years, as well as the new Glasgow music festival.
Much of her music career has been spent performing for the residents at Glen Haven Manor. You’ll be seeing Regan and her Guitar this Saturday but while she is at school, you will spot her without her guitar and with her girls from the Caledonia’s (Queen’s University A capella group).
As we begin our new season, it’s time to bring back our Music at the Market segment!
We are very fortunate to have a very large pool of talented local musicians in our County…and beyond! They come to the Market each week and provide you with live, local music while you eat, shop and visit with your friends and neighbours. They are a very important part of the whole Market experience and a large part of what makes the Market so special and unique.
Every time we welcome a new musician or group to play for us, we like to introduce you to them. Our buskers are not paid, but they come to the Market for the joy of sharing their music and artistry with you. They play open case and often have their music available for purchase, so please don’t be shy to show your appreciation for them.
Now that we have expanded, we are very happy to be able to showcase two fantastic musicians every week!
This week, May 28, 2016 we are happy to have Glen Jackson playing with us.
Glen Jackson is a singer/songwriter from Pictou, NS.
Although it had always been within him, it was only when Glen moved to Pictou, Nova Scotia in 2004 that he found his home and true passion in music. Over the past six years he has been writing and performing including his original material and entertaining crowds near home.
In April of this year he released Revisionist History, which his debut EP comprised of four songs he wrote and recorded over the course of 2014-15. You can find Revisionist History on iTunes, cdbaby.com, Spotify, Google Play and more!
Two of the songs found on Revisionist History were entered into CBC’s Searchlight contest in past years, Nothing’s Harder Than Goodbye and Fall.
Grab a bite to eat or a drink and then sit and enjoy the entertainment! It’s all part of your Saturday morning destination.
This past Saturday, January 9th, marked the Grand Opening of our new building! This facility is the culmination of the dreams and hard work of so many who started the market years ago. Our Farmers Market is beginning its 8th year and it has come a long way. Because of that vision and hard work, many producers, artisans, musicians and so much more will now be able to benefit with a year round place to showcase all the incredible products and talent this amazing community has to offer.
It takes a village and a community to raise a market….the New Glasgow Farmers Market has some valuable partners that got us to this point. The Town of New Glasgow, the Municipality of the County of Pictou and ACOA together with the Market all contributed to help fund and worked with us to make this vision turn into a reality. Then there was Higgins Construction and all the workers associated with the project who worked very hard to make it all happen before the snow flew so that we could make a smooth transition and help the vendors make the most of the very important holiday season. And of course our vendors and board who have donated and supported in an effort to get us to this point. We are the New Glasgow Farmers Market Cooperative…and this really has been a cooperative effort by everyone in every way. This Market is not about one person or one business, it is about everyone and it is for everyone.
What It Really Means
That’s great, but what’s the big deal? Good question, this facility brings with it so much potential.
It means the Market can now operate year round, offering a place for local producers & artisans to sell their wares all year round which means more income for those who rely, or would like to rely on their trade for a living.
It means our community has a place to always find amazing local products under one roof, all year round. While of course in our climate, produce and vegetation can be a challenge in the winter, having a year round facility provides an opening for those who might have a love of gardening or small scale farming to fill a niche.
It means that we can now pursue the possibility of running a variety of programs that will benefit many. We will be able to start a kids corner so that kids have something to do while with their parents when they come to the Market. We haven’t had room for that before.
It means expanded space during our peak summer season. The extra space means we will be able to offer indoor and outdoor seating for our shoppers. It means we will be able to accept even more vendors to our market, effectively doubling our capacity. This means more variety of goods for customers and business opportunity for vendors. The additional space also means that we will be able to welcome more local, musical talent. We will now be able to have more than one busker every Saturday, providing exposure for local musicians and a great place to showcase local musical talent.
It means a positive impact on local commerce. When you buy from a vendor at the Market, your dollars go directly to a family. That vendor then has to make more items meaning they must purchase supplies to replenish their inventory, often at local businesses creating a ripple effect. Not to mention it gives a vendor more money in their pocket to spend in the community…your dollars stay here.
It means a greater contribution to food security on both a personal and community level. We give a place for producers to sell their food directly to you. It lowers the carbon footprint and the time/distance from farm to table is negligible with much of the produce being picked the morning or day before market. By providing a marketplace for local producers, it means you have greater access to local food and a market for the farmer to sell at. We welcome farmers/gardeners of all sizes and any time of year.
It means that we are able to provide a hub for the community to gather on Saturday mornings. Beginning January 16th, you will be able to buy a snack and coffee and sit and enjoy local music. There will be a space for you to sit inside or out. Talk to the vendors, meet your friends and neighbours. If you have children, there is a music class beginning on the January 16th that they can participate in for a half an hour every Saturday morning.
The sky really is the limit…we are excited for the possibilities and hope that you stay tuned!
Below are some links about the Grand Opening…if you weren’t able to make it out, then be sure to drop by this Saturday and make it part of your weekend routine! We are open for the Winter Market on Saturdays from 10am until 1pm