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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2016 in a Nutshell

2016 was a great year for the New Glasgow Farmers Market. There were so many firsts for us and it was exciting to be a part of!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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:

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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!

Mike and the MacPhersons, Next Exit and Leah and Kyle treated guests to a fun and musical night!

Big Cove Foods created a cocktail menu using spirits from vendors Steinhart Distillery, Nova Scotia Spirit Company and Caldera Whiskey! Uncle Leo’s and Sober Island were on tap and we also brought in some ale from Tatamagouche Brewing Company 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 .

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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!

 

In the News this year:

http://www.ngnews.ca/news/local/2016/7/20/event-to-transform-downtown-street-into-4593344.html

http://www.ngnews.ca/news/local/2016/8/28/from-market-to-main-street-4626909.html

http://www.ngnews.ca/news/local/2016/8/30/market-dining-event-deemed-huge-success-4628730.html

http://pictouadvocate.com/2016/12/14/first-mid-week-farmers-market-hit/

 

“Twas Weeks Before Christmas” -A Farmer’s Market Poem

‘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!

 

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NGFM Gift Guide Part 3- For Her

Another in our series of posts that is aimed at guiding you to find just the right gift for everyone on your list.  We have something for everyone and in every budget!

Remember, all items at the Market are hand made, baked or grown locally, they are not imported.

The beauty of it is that you are giving a very special gift that was handcrafted with love, thought and care to give to someone special and the people on your list deserve nothing less.

A reminder that we do have new vendors that come time to time or are new and may not be showcased here and there’s many more items than we have space to show, so that’s why it is important to come to the Market every week, you never know what hidden gem you’ll find!

 

NGFM Gift Guide Part 2- For Kids

We have lots of great gift suggestions for kids, babies and teens at the Market! And of course the ideas don’t end at what’s pictured here. There are lots of great gifts, so be sure to check out all parts of our upcoming guides for just the perfect gift that’s right for the special people on your list!

Click on the photos for the description and Vendor name so you know where to find them!