Here we are…a little later than hoped. We had wanted to get this out a little sooner but Mother Nature had other plans and Winter came roaring in like a lion bringing snow, wind and power outages to our area. And it’s not really even winter yet!
Weather or not, the 2016 Christmas and Holiday season approaches and once again you are looking for just the right gift for the people on your list. Whether you’re buying for a teacher, a boss, a close friend, acquaintance, family member or secret Santa, the Market has just the right thing…and for every budget. Something unique and personal made with quality and love that represents the person you are gifting to.
Don’t forget that shopping local is so very important. You are directly helping a small business person and their family this season. Shopping local provides a ripple effect in our community. For when you purchase from one of our vendors, they have to make more product. They must then replenish their materials by purchasing supplies and they can also then spend the money they make at other local businesses and organizations in our community. We are happy to provide a space for more than 50 local farmers, food producers, crafters and artisans from our community every week.
Looking for suggestions? This gift guide is a multi-part series that will help you find just the right thing. If you are looking for additional help, please ask at the welcome table located by the ATM or find the market Manager, Kristi (that’s me) and I will be happy to show you some suggestions while you’re at the Market. If you still aren’t sure what to get, we have Market gift certificates. They come in increments of $10 and can be spent with any vendor at the Market. The proceeds of your gift go straight to vendor as this is a service the Market provides for customers and vendors alike.
Now let’s get on with some gift suggestions for him. Click on the image for a description. And don’t forget to check out the other parts of the series when they are released, because there are many gifts that fit in multiple categories like chocolate, cheese and more.
We are open every Saturday through December 17th from 9am until 1pm and don’t forget our special weeknight Market on Wednesday, December 7th from 4pm until 8pm! We are located at 261 Glasgow St in New Glasgow, NS.
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Nova Scotia Spirit Company from Trenton offers amazing local gin, white rum and vodka, buy one or ask Coleen about their gift box. The trio is handsomely crated making it a beautifully presented local gift.
For the coffee lover. Fair trade, hand roasted coffee. Buy the bag and have it ground or give the whole bean. We also think someone should buy these and coat them with Chapel Cove Chocolate!
Soap Company of Nova Scotia can be found every week in the Dome. Leigh has a fabulous line of men’s products. They make an excellent gift and/or stocking stuffer. Buy a few and take them to the gift wrapping centre to have them put in a basket!
MacD’s Bees has a line of bath and body products including items for men such as deodorant, soap and more. And of course honey…you can never go wrong with honey!
Uncle Leo’s Brewery has a number of fine ales. Buy one or buy a few, buy a smaller bottle or a growler. Pair with a growler crate from Handcrafted By Melissa. Uncle Leo’s is at the Market December 3rd, and 17th.
Steinhart Distillery from Airsaig has wonderfully crafted vodkas such as maple, cranberry and more! They also have gin available in a beautiful blue bottle. Tehir vodka is available in various sizes so tehre si something to fit every budget! Find Paul every week!
Big Cove Foods is another great choice for those who love cooking and like exciting new flavours. Big cove has tone of spice, syrup and jellies for you to try. Find them every week!
For the cider and wine lover, check out Petite Riviere Winery for a great selection. Christine will be able to help you pick just the right bottle for the lucky recipient!
Le Soap has a variety of soaps and men’s grooming products Gardener’s soap is an excellent choice. Pair with a soap dish and nail brush for a quick and easy gift. Check out the shower steamers while you’re there!
RoRo’s hotsauce….for the heat lover on your list. Makes a great stocking stuffer. Holiday gift packs are also available.
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.
Sober Island Brewing has lots to offer, buy a crowler (that’s like a growler but in a can). They also have beer glasses and sag available to complete the package! They will be at the Market on December 10th
This is a line of hats created by Snippets just for men. A lovely handmade hat, that is both practical and stylish! Find ruth at the Market on December 17th.
Samco Creations is the creation of Samuel, one of our youth vendors. He has all sorts unqiuely handcrafted items. One of his most popular are his license plate birdhouses but he also has record bowls amogst other goodies. Stop by his table on December 3rd, 7th and 10th.
The Spoonery has great sppons and kitchenware gadgets all handmade. Speak with Matt and he will help you find the most unique kitchen tool!
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!
Knotty Acres has a variety of Jams and jellies. they range from hot to sweet and everywhere in between. With over 20 varieties to choose from, you are sure to find something that fits! Price range $4- $6
Visit Handcrafted by Melissa for beer crates. They are designed to hold two growlers of your favourite beer!
The Natural Edge has natural teas, supplements, ointments and salves as well as other bath and body products designed for him. Great stocking stuffers or make a basket! Ask Conny and sh will help you find just the right thing!
Lismore Sheep Farm has a variety of product for the man on your list. Check out these awesomely warm slippers for starters and there are sheepskin insoles and mittens and more! Find them at the market every Saturday and on December 7th!
Do you have an elf that needs help with suggestions on just the right thing? Well, we have a solution! Introducing our new Help Your Elf program!
Use this list to write down things that you see at Market that you think would make a great gift for you or someone else. Once it’s filled out, hand it in at the welcome table and we will e-mail your elf with your gift suggestions before the next Market! Lists will be accepted until December 10th!
Ask your vendor for a Help Your Elf form and there will also be a few located at the Welcome table!
Forget vacuums and neck ties, get something unique this Holiday season and support local!
Help Your Elf!
Just another way we’re helping you shop local this Christmas!
As a non-profit organization, the New Glasgow Farmers Market relies solely on table fees, membership fees, grants and funds raised to operate. Operating year round also means expenses now carry on accordingly. We also have some set up fees related to having two buildings…such as having to buy all new tables to fill the expanded space, we have a new kitchen to supply and will need new tents and more! Up until this past year, our main goal was to be year round and to have a heated facility and now that we achieved that goal, we can focus on our many new dreams and goals. Some of these are included on the site plans which have been posted but also a community garden, youth programs and so many more wonderful ideas….like anything else though it takes money to go along with all the vision and hard work.
All of this being said, we have come up with several unique experiences, all of which will help us raise funds that will not only benefit the Market, but will ultimately help us bring more positive change to our community.
Here is a list of what you can expect to see and participate in this year. We hope that not only will you share these events but that you attend them and if you have any visitors coming this summer, be sure to bring them as they will offer a true reflection of everything that is unique to our area and Nova Scotia in general. We are all about local and it’s a flavour you can’t get anywhere else!
This year, we’ve also made it easier for you and your guests from away to attend. The tickets for all of these events will be available to purchase online, not to worry though, you can still pick them up at the Market too! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, find the events and check back here often to find out when tickets go on sale!
AUGUST 27 FROM MARKET TO MAIN STREET
You don’t want to miss this one! A very special event, in fact the first of its kind in the country as far as we can tell!
Join us for a unique farm to table dining experience located in the heart of downtown New Glasgow, Nova Scotia!
Picture a warm summer’s night, a light breeze and the smell of fresh flowers in the air. Music glides down the street as friends and neighbours come together over an elegant meal made of fresh, local foods and fine wine produced by some of the finest producers in the area.
On this night, tables will line Provost Street, a main street of New Glasgow and guests will enjoy a cocktail/tapas hour, followed by a three course meal, connecting the farmer and food producer with their community in the most literal sense. Chef Jason Conway of J Conway Catering, will create a menu consisting of ingredients sourced from local producers and vendors found at the New Glasgow Farmers Market. Entertainment will be provided by just some of the talented musicians in our area and will be announced soon.
Tickets are only $55 per person for this unique experience, vegetarian options are available.
Come out and enjoy a mouth-watering meal that pays homage to the German tradition of Oktoberfest. But in true market style, it’s all about local too! Your meal will consist of items found at the Market and will be fully catered by chef Jason Conway of J Conway Catering. You will be able to enjoy local spirits and ales while listening to the some of the best musical talents that our area has to offer.
Mainstage will be Next Exit, Leah & Kyle and Mike and the MacPhersons.
Stay tuned for more information!
NOVEMBER 17 HOLIDAY DINNER
Celebrate a fantastic year and take a moment to relax before the holiday season ramps up and enjoy a gourmet meal with local market ingredients! Meal catered by J Conway Catering. Live music and great food, more details to come soon!
Part 4 of our Gift Guide series brings us to ak the ever puzzling question, what about the stockings??? This is one of the trickier things…there is a limit to how much underwear one can fit into a sock. So find something that is the total package…beautiful, practical, unique and budget friendly. These little gifts can still be local and not break the bank. And you can always combine them in a basket to make a beautiful main gift. There really is something for everyone at the New Glasgow Farmers Market.
I will say again, at risk of sound like a broken record, that there is so much more that is not shown here and we have new vendors every week….so the best method of operation is come out every week!
Part 3 in our series of gift buying! We have many great gifts for kids. From brightly coloured animals, to change purses and mittens. Lip balm and doll clothes, we have what you need, all made with love and care! And as always, we have new vendors every week from now until Christmas so it’s best to come check it out for yourself…so many great unique and local gifts to be found at the Market! Buy a few of the items below and create a very special local gift basket…a hat, a washable mat, a stuffy and treat from Chapel Cove Chocolate. Maybe a wallet, some lip balm, a bath bomb wrapped in one of Quilted Chaos quilted bowls. Maybe a honey flavour shot, a special mug from Piedmont Pottery and some personal products from MacD’s Bee’s.
This is a first in a series of posts that is aimed at guiding you to find just the right gift for everyone on your list. The New Glasgow Farmers Market has something for everyone and in every budget!
Why is buying local so important?
Well it’s like this, all items at the Market are hand made, baked or grown locally, they are not imported. By purchasing from one of our talented artisans or producers, you are directly supporting a local family and by proxy, the community at large. When a producer or artisan sells their items, they have to go make, bake or grow more. By doing so, they are putting money back into the community when they buy their supplies. Whether it’s supply stores, feed stores or other local shops, it all supports the community and promotes healthy economic growth in our County. That’s why Farmers Markets are a sustainable and very important part of the future.
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.
Think outside of the big box!
As we begin, please keep in mind 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!