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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Press Release: New Glasgow Farmers Market to Unveil New Community Space for Canada Day

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New Glasgow Farmers Market to Unveil New Community Space for Canada Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Glasgow, NS – The New Glasgow Farmers Market will begin construction on a new garden space set to be completed July 1st in time for Canada Day and Canada150 celebrations.

The project, called “The Giving Garden”, is a multi-faceted project aimed at contributing to Health and Wellness in the community.  The Giving Garden is aimed at making a positive contribution to nutrition, mental health and agricultural education in our community.

The area, located behind the year round Market building, will have a deck that patrons can use during Market hours but can also serve as an outdoor classroom where workshops can be held. There will also be a garden space, including a wheelchair accessible area, where fruits and vegetables will be grown.  Once in full operation, the bounty will be given back to the community through a yet to be determined process. The space will also allow the possibility to run future programs including but not limited to a program aimed at introducing youth to gardening and growing. There will be a reflection area designed for relaxation and the project will also include recreation by connecting to the Pioneer Trail behind the Market building.

The New Glasgow Farmers Market recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. 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 and the important contribution of the Pictou County Community Health Board to this community project.

New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks says the New Glasgow Farmers Market has become a community gathering place and source of community pride. “We are very proud of the work and continued growth of the New Glasgow Farmers Market and what it as meant for our region. The Giving Garden and all of the new opportunities it will offer is an example of what may be achieved from empowering and engaging the community. The Town recognizes the important role a farmers market plays in supporting local food and sustainable growth. This is another step in increasing programs, activities, products and services that facilitate healthy lifestyle options.

“The Town of New Glasgow is pleased to once again partner with the New Glasgow Farmers Market on this Canada150 Garden Project.  The project demonstrates a proactive plan for bringing the local and regional community together while celebrating diversity and inclusion. It’s about bringing community together and this kind of community activity is one of the most powerful tools we have to help build our families and neighbourhoods.” says Geralyn MacDonald, Director of Community Economic Development for the Town of New Glasgow.

The unveiling and ribbon cutting will take place at the New Glasgow Farmers Market on Canada Day, July 1st during the Market’s Canada150 Bash.

 

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Contact Information:

 Kristi Russell, Market Manager

New Glasgow Farmers Market

261 Glasgow St., New Glasgow-

902-754-9114

ngfarmmarket@gmail.com

 

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.

 

 

 

Great things are coming in 2017

We had such a fantastic year in 2016 that we want to keep the fun going into 2017! We have a  number of events and happenings coming up this season, you won’t want to miss any of them. We’ll wait while you get a pen and your calendar or grab your phone to plug this info in!

Right, now that you are prepared start marking down this info!

May 10 Mother’s Day Market

You asked for more weeknight Markets, so we’ll be holding a total of 3 this year! We are holding a special Market for Mom this year! Bring Mom to the Market on Wednesday May 10th, treat her to a fantastic local meal and let her shop at the Market until her heart’s content! Want it to be a surprise? You can shop from 4pm until 8pm! You will have a final chance to purchase tickets to our ever popular Mother’s Day basket. Ticket are 3 for $5 and go on sale April 8th.

May 20  Let’s Get Growin’

This is is the kick off to the growing season and the start of the peak season at the Market. Many of your favourite vendors are back and we’ll have some new ones too, so come on out and celebrate with the whole family! Always local music, activities for the kids and so much more. A great way to kick off your long weekend!

July 1  Canada 150 Celebration

Canada Day is also Market Day this year…and what better place to celebrate all that Canada stands for than  at the Market!  Experience Canada’s culinary diversity, entrepreneurial spirit, local culture and more! We’ll have tons of fun planned for this day, including local music, farm animals for the kids and so much more. Stay tuned on all the details we are working on some very special things for this day, but one thing is for sure, you want to mark this on your calendar!

August 19 Dinner by the River

If you loved Market to Main Street, you definitely won’t want to miss this! We have another very special farm to table night planned for our guests.

This year we will be turning the beautiful New Glasgow Riverfront into a sophisticated dining space. Elegant tables will line the riverbanks by the Market, trees will be aglow and guests will dine in the warm summer air. Enjoy an elegant 3 course Farm to Table meal prepared with local foods found at the Market by chef Larry MacGregor from Pantry Kitchen Catering.

Guests will also enjoy another night of amazing local musical talent and this year we’re kicking it up a notch!  We’re holding an after party! That’s right, a full night of local music and dancing after dinner, right at the Market! Local craft beer and wine will be on hand, and we might have a couple more surprises up our sleeve, you’ll have to stay tuned.

Each dinner ticket includes an elegant 3 course meal with wine, after party entertainment and a ride home from Chad transit. This year we’ve also added an After Party only option, tickets will include a local music, fun and a ride home with Chad Transit. Cash bar available.

More details to come, tickets will go on sale beginning June 3rd. Watch our page for more event details! Seats are limited.

October 28 All Hallow’s Ball

We’re hosting a costume ball! With help from our partners at Rocklin Parties, the Market will be transformed into a spooktacularly haunting venue. Live (well maybe partially) local music, “finger” foods, local spirits (both of the drinkable and haunting kind) and of course local craft beer. Costumes are a must for entry, there are some great prizes to be won, and no, your hunting outfit doesn’t count! So get started planning and designing your magnificent costumes!  Tickets include, music, finger foods, one drink and a ride home with Chad transit. Cash bar available.  9pm until 1am

Tickets $40 and go on sale June 3rd, watch our page for more event details! Limited tickets available!

October 28 Harvest Festival

Our annual celebration of the harvest! A family fun event for the whole family! Keep an eye for more details as we get closer!

November 29 Weeknight Christmas Market

Our first ever weeknight Christmas Market was a hit, so we’re having two! Get an early jump start on the season. Come for dinner and shop until you drop…we’ll be open 4pm until 8pm.

December 13 Weeknight Christmas Market

This is our last weeknight market for the season! be sure to come out and see what’s new as we have lots of different local gifts available throughout the holiday season. Enjoy a meal after work, eat in or take out! Open 4pm until 8pm, this is also the last chance to get in on our Christmas basket for your whole holiday meal! Tickets are 3 for $5 and will be drawn at the end of this night! Basket will be ready for pick up on December 16th

December 16 Christmas at the Market

This is the last Market for 2017. Be sure to come out and get everything you need to get you through the holidays!  Open 9am until 1pm!

 

Have a Heart…Save a Life

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:

  1. Come to the Market and leave your donation in our AED collection box
  2. Want to use a credit card? Click on the donate button below and make a donation via PayPal
  3. Send an e-mail transfer to ngfarmmarket@gmail.com
  4. Click on the Shop Now button on our Facebook page

Have a Heart, Save a Life!

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