Press Release- From Market to Main Street

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

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Keeping Market Youthful

As you know, the New Glasgow Farmers Market is an incubator for small homegrown businesses. It is where new ideas are born and tested. We love and appreciate our community and we want to foster innovation and promote entrepreneurship and that begins with our kids.

Did you know we offer a table specifically for youth? We have a $15 under 15 program that allows youth to come to Market with items that they have made, baked or grown themselves at a special youth rate. Whether they are growing fruit & vegetables, making food or crafting items…we’d like to give them a start.  It’s a great place for kids to learn how to conduct business and interact with their community.

In order to qualify for the $15 table rate, youth vendors must 15 years or younger and again, the products must be made, baked or grown by the students. Items for sale are subject to approval and applicable regulations, school groups and 4-H groups are also welcome to apply.

To find out more information, qualifications and to see if this might be a fit for you, please contact Kristi at ngfarmmarket@gmail.com

And don’t forget, if you have a school group or community group like 4H that is looking to raise funds, you may also want to check into our Market Kitchen availability.

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Cooking up Opportunity

We are often approached by groups who are looking to raise funds. We can help! We have a unique opportunity that might interest you.

Our Market Kitchen is available on Market Saturdays. For a nominal fee you can rent our kitchen, create a simple menu and sell a hot meal to Market goers. This opportunity is open to restaurants, chefs as well as non-profit organizations (this includes school groups too) looking to raise funds. With 900-1100 visitors to the market every week,  this is a unique way to get the word out about a new menu item at your restaurant, your catering service or to raise funds for your organization through your kitchen sales.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact us at ngfarmmarket@gmail.com for all the details.

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The Meat and Potatoes of the Market

We have all seen the daily articles about how much your grocery bill is rising. Meat, veggies and everything else is going up. And with 80% of our nation’s food and produce imported, it is hard to avoid. All food prices are on the rise and we are all tightening the proverbial purse strings.

We hear many reasons about why people don’t shop at their Market and while the reasons are complex and varied, one  we hear often is that it is too expensive. Before we start, let’s be clear, there is a place for grocery stores and to compare the two is literally comparing apples to oranges in many cases. We are not telling you not to shop at the store or to feel guilty in doing so. The grocery store can fill needs that  Market can’t but your Farmers Market can also offer you things that the grocery store can’t.

So we are asking, have you really explored your local Farmers Market and really looked at what they have to offer?

We think you will be surprised. After checking the local grocery store flyers, it didn’t take long to find that prices at the Market are often comparable and sometimes even less than sale price at the grocery store. Now more than ever, you will find that Market prices are more  in line with what the stores offer. For instance, you can find naturally raised lean ground beef for $5.50/lb regular price every week. No hormones, no antibiotics and raised right here, close to home.

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And it’s not always about price, it is about quality. Your market can give you what the grocery store can’t, the opportunity to talk to the very person that raised your food. What practices are used to raise your meat and produce? How are the animals raised? What’s in your food, or better yet, what’s not? These are all questions that your farmer can answer directly for you at the Market. You won’t be able to get that kind of personal experience or service anywhere else.

While it is true you will not find strawberries in January or even March at the Market, you will find in season foods that did not have to travel thousands of kilometers to get to your table.  You can find the in season veggies like turnip, carrots, onions, potatoes, meats and you can still find sprouts & greens that you can get at the grocery store but we can also provide you with things you won’t see, like pea shoots and later as things warm up, duck and quail eggs.

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What can you do with them, how do you cook with them, what do they taste like? Again, ask your farmer or ask the Market itself. Just like the store, every market has a Manager plus we have knowledgeable vendors, so if you are looking for something in particular, just ask! We can tell you where or when you will be able to find something and if we don’t know the answer right away, we’ll try to find out and get back to you!

 

 

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Staying within your budget and eating  good, natural and local foods do not have to be mutually exclusive events. Eating in season is a good start!

 

For more tips and interesting articles on this subject, please check out the links below. Also, watch our facebook page for recipes and articles…

Related Links:

http://cfccanada.ca/news/our-food-issues-are-so-much-bigger-overpriced-cauliflower

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=811040&binId=1.1145745&playlistPageNum=1

A Short Guide to Food and Farming Terms

 

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Warm Welcome to the Winter Market

Inside the grand opening of the New Glasgow Farmers Market January 9th, 2016 Photo credit: the Pictou Advocate

 

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

We really are Local, Fresh and Flourishing!

Mayor Barrie MacMillan (centre), Warden Ron Baillie, and Melissa Zimmerman, President of the New Glasgow Farmers Market cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the new year-round Farmers Market building in downtown New Glasgow.  -photo courtesy of the Town of New Glasgow

http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2016-01-09/article-4399090/Grand-opening-at-farmers-market/1

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/mobile/video?clipId=784761

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1331919-new-glasgow-farmers-market-a-big-draw-in-new-building

http://www.catcountry995.ca/news/story.aspx?ID=2190718

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=781278

http://www.pictouadvocate.com/2016/01/06/chill-out-a-cool-event-for-cooler-weather/

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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Holiday Gift Guide Part 5- Home & Entertaining

This is the final installment of our first ever Holiday Gift Guide. This segment is dedicated to all the wonderful things that will go great in your home and will take your holiday entertaining to the next level.

Imagine beautiful pieces of art and photography by local artists that grace the walls. Wrap into a carefully handcrafted blanket that gives the feeling of warmth and comfort through the cold winter months while sipping a glass of wine, spirit or a finely brewed craft ale. What better gift?

And if you’re entertaining, wow your guests with food that has local flare. Not sure where to start? Well, that’s why Farmers Markets are so great, they are the only places you can speak to the very people that make, bake or grow your food. The producers at the Market are there because they are passionate about what they do and take pride in their creations. Who better to ask for advice on what to serve or how to cook it?

We hope that the Gift Guide has been helpful and that you refer back to it all through the year. There are tons of great and unique ideas for every occasion, not just this Holiday season. We also hope that you continue to support us as we embark in our new adventure into a year round venue. We will be open December 12th and 19th and will continue to have vendors and artisans throughout the winter months as we launch into 2016 with the grand opening of our Winter Market on January 9th at 10am. It takes your support and the continued support of the rest of the community to help ensure that you have access to local food and goods all year round.   Keep your eye out here for news!  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best for a Local, Fresh & Flourishing New Year!

Without further delay here are some great ideas for Home and Entertaining:

 

FOR THE HOME

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James Fraser- Portrait Artist and customer sketch work, a personal gift that will last for generations
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Handcrafted by Melissa- christmas decorations for the home…a perfect hostess gift…they will think of you every year!
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Jiggy Java- Jiggy has her handcrafted Nova Scotia tartan throws. Gift the gift of home. Easy to wrap, easy to ship!
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Wonderland Photography- beautiful photography prints by Heather MacDonald. Floral, to land and cityscapes, there is something here to please every decor. They come matted and ready to frame. For a real touch of home, add it to a care package with a Nova Scotia Tartan throw from Jiggy, a blanket from Lismore Sheep Farm. a bottle of one of our many great wines, spirits or ale and a food item of choice from Big Cove foods, Mister Products, Knotty Acres or some Chapel Cove Chocolate. Nova Scotia goodness!
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Lyn-Sue Wice- Watercolour artist. Many subjects to choose from, but Lyn Sue-s work is personal and nostalgic. A beautiful gift for anyone. Beautifully matter and ready to frame. Pair it with many of our other local offerings to make a unique gift that is authentically Nova Scotia.
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Piedmont Pottery- Handcrafterd pottery by Gary Fredericks, pair it with honey from MacD’s bees and chocolate from Chapel Cove or jams and jellies for tea and toast from MeMaws, Rita Heighton, Big Cove Foods or Knotty Acres.
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Quilted Chaos- Hand quilted bowls…used for the most important belongings. Fill with with other goodies from the market and wrap it in our Farmers Market tote bag . A practical and beautiful gift!
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The Spoonery- Handcrafted wooden serving ware that will stand the test of time. Hand carved by Matt Dondale. Add any one of these to a kitchen basket filled with Market goodies. Honeys, chocolate, jams and jellies, a market gift certificate with a pair of Matt’s “bear claws” for serving salad, the combinations are endless.!
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Lismore Sheep Farm- Wool Blankets, wool dryer balls, and so much more! December 12th & 19th
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Art By Dionne- From fridge magnets, to notepads and pens and art on canvas, Dionne has very unique pieces that make coveted gifts. Be sure to visit Dionne and she will help you find just the right thing!
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Samco Creations- Youth vendor Samuel Thompson has unique birdhouses, vinyl record bowls and Christmas tree decorations. Birds need warm winter housing too!

 

ENTERTAINING

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Chapel Cove Chocolate- Chocolate for all occasions! A great hostess gift or favours at the table!
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Mister Products- A variety of condiments, sauces, baked good and pickled items. Ray has just what you need to make your food sparkle!
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MacD’s Bees- Sweeten up your guests…honey goes great in any recipe and also makes a great hostess gift!
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West Side Bistro- Meat pies, delicious cheesecakes, pies and pastries…save yourself some time and know that by doing that, you are not sacrificing quality! Good, local food with real ingredients!
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Uncle Leo’s Brewery- Whether is a host(ess) gift or for your meal. A fine , local craft Ale is always just the right thing. Rebecca and Karl will be able to help you select just the right beer! No Holiday party is complete without it!
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Little Dan D Farm- Farm raised, free range pork and chicken. Get a Market gift certificate for you recipient so they can come back and buy the Maple Syrup as soon as it’s ready! Local goodness….fresh breakfast sausages on Christmas morning! Nothing better!
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BLM Meats- Award winning, farm fresh, grass fed beef raised right here in Pictou County. The boys at BLM will help you pick just the right cut for you Christmas meals. From farm to table in just a few kilometers. Great tasting, award winning local beef!
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Petite Riviere Winery- Not sure which wine to choose? Christine from Petite Riviere has you covered. She will be able to suggest the right thing….from wine to ciders, she’s got it all!
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Knoydart Cheese Farm- A selection of hand made fine cheeses, perfect with wine and a fresh baguette from Mister Products. Fraser is with us the 3rd Saturday of every month, year round…so you will see him next on December 19th!
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Big Cove Foods- Spice it up! Sauces, spices, jellies and more…Big Cove has just what you need to add some pizzazz, goes great with any meat! Dave and Sarah can help you with just the right blend…and they have recipes too!
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Steinhart Distillery- Organic vodkas….unique gifts but fantastic for entertaining. Just ask them about the many different wonderful ways you can use it! Produced close to home, it’s just one more local favourite!
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Lakenman’s Farm- Susan is back on December 19th with all your Christmas veggies! Fresh & beautiful produce, be sure to hurry in, they won’t last long!
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St. Famille Winery- St Famille has a variety of wines from the valley that will go great with any meal! John and Lonny can help you choose just the right one!
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Bramble Hill Farm- Cathy has a selection of greens, just waiting for your special touch! Locally grown goodness is still possible! You will Bramble Hill farm with us regularly at the Winter Market.
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Little Dorset Farms- Meat pies, sausage rolls, bacon, chicken, beef and pok. Maureen has what you need!

 

 

 

 

 

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Little Dorset Farm- Order your farm fresh, free range turkey, available for pick up on December 23rd!
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Ironworks Distillery- trios , $26 for three 50 ml bottles cranberry, blueberry and raspberry rum – light, amber, dark spirits – vodka, apple brandy and amber rum
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Ironworks Distillery- A very unique gift…the Pear de Vie! Each year bottles are placed on tree and approximately half are harvested resulting in pear in bottle Pear de Vie for $125.00. The bottle is presented in wooden carved box with letter re: harvest.
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I Love Farmers Markets tote bags- wrap your hostess gift in this! available at the welcome table for $15…make it part of your gift and eliminate the need for gift wrapping!
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Knotty Acres- Jams and ajellies for all ocassions. Red Pepper Jelly, beer jellies made with Uncle leo’s ale…both go perfect over baked bries or creams cheese….ask Colin for more cooking ideas!

Holiday Gift Guide Part 2- For Him

Part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide Series

Ladies, they say we are hard to buy for, but we know that buying for him is no piece of cake either…well actually cake might be a good idea and you can find some of that at the Market from West Side Bistro too (their cheesecake is amazing).  But alas, wrapping the cake ahead of time and placing it under the tree may present a challenge and you may wish to eat the cake yourself. Either way, here are just a few man-gift alternatives.

 

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Uncle Leo’s Brewery- Give him a unique craft ale straight from Uncle Leo’s Brewery, not sure which one, buy them all and make a gift pack!

 

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The Spoonery, Matt Dondale – Matt handcrafts these one piece spoons, perfect for the chef in your home! He has a variety of other items too including drink mixing tools! Perfect for a stocking stuffer!

 

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Mike Shindruk- Mike is a local author but he also has these Heel in tow boot jacks…jealous? Not to worry they come in pink camo for you too! While you’re at it, pick up his book, Frog Legs & Photographs as well!

 

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The Spoonery, Matt Dondale- We told you he had more than just spoons…he even has pasta measurers!
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Big Cove Foods – Big Cove a variety of food products…perfect for the foodie in your life! Hot sauces, their shrubs mixes to make the perfect holiday drink, spices and so much more. The challenge will be not keeping it for yourself!

 

 

 

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Handcrafted by Melissa (OK well Al, but we’ll go with Melissa) These beer crates are an amazing gift! Why strain yourself carrying multiple growlers? Now you can put two in this crate and if you’re really determined, you can buy two crates and carry 4 growlers. Pair with Uncle Leo’s Growlers and you have an awesome gift!
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Ironworks Distillery- A vast variety of spirits sure to please the most discerning palates…two sizes for your convenience!
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Steinhart Distillery- locally made, these outstanding vodkas come in many flavours. Try the maple over ice cream…or if you dare try some of the habanero vodka…
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Soap on a rope is so yesterday….but this felted soap from Lismore Sheep Farm is great! Not only is it decorative and takes care of the dry skin that winter brings, but it cleans too! And this is something that you can use too, so buy two! Lismore Sheep Farm at the Market December 12 & 19th

 

 

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Piedmont Pottery, Gary Fredericks- He’ll never take your mug again if you give him his own! Fill it with caramels from Big Cove, a flavour shot from MacD’s Bees and a spoon from The Spoonery….and Boom! there’s a great gift! Great for teachers too, just sayin’!
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Samco Creations, Samuel Thompson, Youth Vendor- Birdhouses for the avid bird enthusiast. , he also has record bowls, perfect for snack holding in the Man Cave!
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Lismore Sheep Farm- Sheepskin Insoles….Does he work outside or maybe he’s just partial to warm feet…either way, these will keep tootsies toasty. December 12 & 19th
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Wonderland Photography, Heather MacDonald- Heather has so many local photographs, matted and ready to frame just the way you like it. Pick up a beautiful pendant for yourself while you’re there!
Beer Lovers
Knotty Acres- Lots of unique jams and jellies, but here are their beer jellies made with Uncle Leo’s fine ales. Fantastic with meat and over cream cheese. Buy them on their own, or in a gift pack.

 

 

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MacD’s Bees- MacD’s has a few selections appropropriate for men in you life, from Honey itself, to flavour shots for his hot beverage and a line of body products….great for stocking stuffers or packaged together in a man basket!
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NGFM Gift Certificates, $10 denominations…perfect size and make a great side gift! They can be redeemed at any vendors which means he can still have his cheesecake and eat it too! Available at the Welcome table!
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Farmers Markets Totes-The perfect gift bag that he can reuse over and over and fill on his subsequent trips to the Market! They can be purchased at the Welcome Table every Saturday! $15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Twas Weeks Before Christmas- A Farmer’s Market Poem

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

‘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 Rita 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 Ironworks 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 sketch from James Fraser, 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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Vendor Spotlight- MacD’s Bees

MacD’s Bees is a small business owned by Nelson MacDonald of Loch Broom. He has been raising bees since he took over from his father almost 20 years ago. Fifteen years ago Nelson started out as “Country Blossom Apiary” attending the occasional craft show and selling Liquid Honey and Beeswax Candles. As each year passed items were added to the list of products made with the Honey & Beeswax extracted from the hives. Each product added was usually by request from their loyal customers.  We are very proud to have them at the New Glasgow Farmers Market!

 

Nelson & Maureen of MacD's Bees
Nelson & Maureen of MacD’s Bees

Beside their Liquid Honey other products include, Lip Balms, Soaps, Deodorants, Hand Creams & Moisture Sticks, Foot Balms & Butters, Honey & Salt Scrubs. Most people don’t know that beeswax and the compounds found within the hive make amazing skin care products!

 

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Honey Lollipops & Honey Roasted Pretzels are a popular items sold each Market day. When the Honey yield is good a favorite item is their Honey Jams & Jellies. During the Fall season and Christmas preparation MacD’s Bees sells Honey Peanut Brittle, Honey Nougat, Honey Sponge Toffee and Honey Lozenges.

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Why we do what we do!!!!!
Fun Fact:  Honey has no shelf life and is the perfect sweetener substitute. Many people who suffer from seasonal allergies get relief from eating a daily tablespoon of raw honey that is harvested close to home. Propolis, pollen, beeswax & honey (raw honey from the hive) are known for their medicinal remedies because of their antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Beeswax wax is precious stuff that is made from the nectar of flowers. To produce one pound of beeswax a worker bee eats about ten pounds of honey, flies 150,000 miles and visits millions of flower blossoms. Burning beeswax candles is the healthiest and best as it cleans the air of impurities by removing odours, dust, mold, dust mites and other allergens.
Just look at the photos below. A labour of love and hard work as with most local products from local producers, crafters and artisans! You can see and taste the difference local makes!
Next time you are at the Market, make sure to treat yourself to some honey and unique natural honey products from Nelson & Maureen!
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