Market Events 2016

We’re putting the FUN in Fundraising!

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

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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.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE NOW!   

This is a fundraising initiative and proceeds will go towards future projects and programs at the Market.

We would like to thank our partners, the Town of New Glasgow, J Conway Catering, Glasgow SquarePetite Riviere Winery and Rocklin Parties for making this event possible.

Join the Facebook event to stay updated!

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         SEPTEMBER 17       OKTOBERFEST- MARKET STYLE

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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

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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!

 

Calling All Producers

As you may know by now, the New Glasgow Farmers Market will become a year round venue beginning January 9th, 2016. This date marks the grand opening of our Winter Market and we will expand into a summer market beginning in late May 2016. Up to now, we have accommodated more than 40 vendors but with our new venue, in the summer we can almost double this number.

The Farmers Market is an amazing platform for farms and small business alike. You are contributing to the community and making a positive impact on the local economy. It’s a great way to get additional produce from farm to table with little waste, lowering the carbon footprint and it is a fantastic venue for a small business to test the market for new products.  By bringing your produce and products to the market, you are accessing a clientele of over 1000 people every week that appreciate fresh, farm raised food and locally made products and the work that goes into them.

We have have seen a major increase of interest in recent years and as such we have experienced waiting lists….but now with our expansion we are able to accommodate many new producers and vendors at the Market which will help us to achieve one of our goals which is to give our customers the ultimate shopping experience. Not to mention this is now a year round business opportunity!

This is where you come in!

We are currently looking for producers who would like to bring their products to market. You do not need to be a large registered farm to come to the Market. You could be a smaller backyard farm or avid gardener with excess produce & plants, if you have greens and veggies that you grow over winter, we definitely want you!

Here’s what we are looking for in the upcoming year:

  • Produce: all veggies & herbs, mushrooms and greens especially fruits of any kind
  • Prepared foods- food items for customers to enjoy at the market or take home with them, cheeses, european breads and gluten free items and more!
  • Ethnic foods
  • Smoothies/juice bar

And of course, we always welcome new local artisans as well.  We encourage you to attend every week but you can attend on a casual basis as well coming every couple of weeks or maybe once per month or if you are a producer of a specialty produce item, you can come when your products are in season.

So if you or someone you know fits the bill, please fill out or pass on the application  or contact us at ngfarmmarket@gmail.com for more information.

 

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Market Made Meal- Steak, Potatoes and veggies

Another great Meal from items you can find at the Market! No real recipes on this one, just ideas….

First the finds:

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Snow Peas from Jubilee Produce
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Beans from Friesens Farm
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Garlic from Jubilee Produce
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Porterhouse Steak from BLM Meats

The potatoes came from our garden, but Lakenman’s Farm, Firefly Farm and Friesens’s Farm and more all have beautiful potatoes to choose from!

We seasoned the steak and BBQ’d it…just a little spice for flavour, our own personal preference is no sauces so we can taste the meat itself. We boiled the potatoes and added two cloves of the garlic to some butter and tossed he potatoes and then you can add whatever toppings you like such as sour cream, fresh chives, bacon etc….  The veggies were steamed but we  left a little crunch and left unseasoned for everyone to season themselves.

There are so many meal combinations to find at the Market…be sure to share your Market Meal with us, tell us what you bought, who your vendors were and how you cooked it!

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Vendor Spotlight- Big Cove Foods

Big Cove Foods is a small batch food company located just outside New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

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Dave and Sarah of Big Cove Foods

“Living in the country has inspired us to learn about growing organic vegetables, tapping maple trees and to learn the art of preservation. We continue to be inspired to test out new products and we love to be able to share them with Nova Scotia.”

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You can find Big Cove Foods at the New Glasgow Farmers Market or like them on Facebook to keep up to date with where and when you can find their products.  You will also be able to find them in the Kitchen at the market this Saturday, June 27th!

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Grilled Brie & Strawberry-Mango Jam Sandwich…Get it from the Market kitchen on Saturday, June 27th

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Market Made Meals

One of the benefits to our new site is that it is a blog style, this means we can share articles, ideas and a host of other things very easily. You’ll see many new and interesting things pop up here.

This is the first installment of what I hope to be a relatively regular feature and hope that you find it useful. The goal is to showcase what a wonderful variety of vendors we have at the Market. It is my hope that we show you something you may have missed at the market or to visit a vendor that you may not have visited yet. I will take items I would normally buy at the market as part of our groceries and then make a meal from them. The items will obviously change as different things come in season. I need to tell you I am not a chef nor do I play one on tv, just sharing my ideas. I rarely use a recipe but will really try to give you amounts. Keep in mind what you see is cooked for 5 people so you may need to adjust accordingly. I will start by showing you what I bought and then illustrate how I chose to incorporate them. The intent is to give you ideas and show that it is possible to have an affordable local meal made with fresh ingredients. Also to give you a little information about the ingredients being used and as mentioned above, to showcase the wonderful things we have available to you at the New Glasgow Farmers Market.

This week’s meal happens to be vegetarian. If you cut out the biscuits, it would be gluten free as well.

Thanks for reading….Kristi

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Fresh Market Ingredients!

This week I bought:

Total cost: $21.00 (keep in mind only a portion of this was used for this meal)

Ingredients used already on hand:

  • MacD’s Bees Honey
  • Mustard from Mister Products
  • Goose, chicken and duck eggs (chicken eggs available from Little Dan D Farm and Knotty Acres, organic chicken eggs available from Red Road Farm duck and goose available from Knotty Acres)
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Mister Products has a wide variety of Mustards and condiments available every week!

The Meal

Spinach Frittata

Fresh Garden salad with Ginger-Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Biscuits with Garlic Butter

The Frittata

  • 3 chicken eggs
  • 1 goose egg
  • 2 duck eggs
  • 1tsp fresh dill
  • 1 garlic green
  • 1/2 tsp fresh, grated, organic turmeric (Red Road Farm)
  • handful of spinach, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. (ish) shredded carrots
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2tbsp butter

Whisk eggs in a bowl, add all other ingredients. Melt butter in cast iron skillet over high heat, pour egg mixture in, reduce heat to medium and cover, checking often so as not to scorch the bottom of the frittata. Once the egg is cooked through slice and serve.

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Frittata- note the yellowish colour, don’t panic, that is the Turmeric!

The Salad with Ginger-Rhubarb Vinaigrette

The salad is pretty self-explanatory, I just washed the greens and place them on the plate, I topped it with sliced radhishes and shredded carrots.

The Ginger Rhubarb Vinaigrette came from a recipe we shared on our Facebook page, to see the original recipe, click here. I took it and modified it to fit the ingredients I bought and used products you can find at the market.

1 rhubarb stalk, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp grated, fresh ginger
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar (red wine or raspberry vinegar would work well too) (I used rice vinegar)
2 tsp. grainy Dijon mustard (or to taste)
1/4 cup canola or mild olive oil (I used non-GMO Nova Scotia Canola Oil)

In a small saucepan, simmer the rhubarb with 1/4 – 1/2 cup water for 5 minutes, or until very soft. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. (I’ve done it warm too, and it’s just fine.)

Put the rhubarb into a blender with the honey, ginger, vinegar and mustard. Blend until smooth, slowly pouring int he oil. Makes about a cup.

Biscuits

We have several vendors that offer biscuits on any given week. I made a garlic butter using the garlic from Cindy Anderson and broiled it lightly.

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The finished product!

Introducing Our New Website!

Welcome to our new Website!

Our new website has all the information that our other site had and the other site will now redirect you here.  With our new site, we will be able to connect with you in more ways and you will be able to connect with your Market even more easily. We will now be able to blog and share more as things happen and everything automatically goes to Facebook and Twitter so you will be sure to stay in the loop.  Don’t forget we are also on Instagram and Pinterest as NgFarmmarket.

We are adding our vendors and that’s a work in progress, but please take a look around and get a feel for it. We’ll be adding more as time goes on. This is another step in getting connected with your friends, your community, your Market and accessing local food!

Bookmark www.ngfarmmarket.com and stay connected!

Thanks for supporting the New Glasgow Farmers Market!

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