Music at the Market- Hayley MacLeod

Hayley MacLeod graduated from Acadia University with a BA in English and a BMus focused in Music Education.

Today, she teaches traditional fiddle, classical violin and music theory from her private studio in Pictou County.

Hayley began playing and recording with local musician Ashley George in 2015 and the two now play in a 4 piece Celtic Rock band, The Kitchen Criminals.

We are thrilled to welcome Hayley to the Market for the first time tomorrow, September 30th to help celebrate Culture Days, and nothing say Nova Scotia culture more than the fiddle!  You will catch her from 9am until 10:30am!

Thanks and Giving!

Well, now that the dust has settled and we’ve had time to catch our breath, it’s time for a (very) long overdue Giving Garden post!  We didn’t get the opportunity to thank everyone at the opening so here it is!

What started out as a very small garden with a modest budget generously granted to us by the Pictou County Community Health Boards, quickly grew into a massive undertaking when with the help of the Town of New Glasgow who assisted us with the application and donated the land, we received an additional $13,000 grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Being that the funds given to us were part of the 150 Forward fund in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, we set ourselves a very ambitious deadline of Canada Day. That gave us just 4 weeks from the time we received the good news until the deadline to turn the space behind the Market building from drab to fab! We had our Community Garden committee made up of a few dedicated volunteers to get things going. We had a huge task…with very rocky ground!

Armed with funds, big dreams and lofty goals, we set out on our mission.  Each week, a group of volunteers who are also vendors came out to get to work.

In addition to these volunteers, there are a number of contributors we would like to thank for their kindness and generosity for helping us to reach our goals and stay on budget.

Firstly, we would like to thanks our partners who we already mentioned above. To the Pictou County Community Health boards for their generous contribution who believed in our vision and started the ball rolling on this project with their investment.  Secondly, to the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage who granted us the financing to make our end goal achievable in just one summer. And last, but not least, to the Town of New Glasgow for their in kind donations of land and resources and who submitted the application for funding to the Province on our behalf.

Next, we would like to make a couple of special mentions. Kenny Lim and his team from Murray Lim concrete poured the beautiful new concrete pad at the back of the building.  Kenny took the time to listen, got the big picture and made sure we had the pad that would give us the most for our dollars.  They made time for us in their busy summer schedule and kept us on ours.  Due to their hard work, you will have an outdoor classroom and beautiful space to enjoy for years to come.

Charles Champagne, who saved the day with his machinery.  Charles came out in his spare time (he’s also a farmer so there’s not much of that) and helped us move dirt and gravel. Without his help, there’s no way we would have made our deadline.  We would have still been digging into the rock today if it weren’t for him!

Colin and Bob, aka the new Dynamic Duo.  Colin and Bob put a significant amount of time into the garden.  Colin designed the garden’s layout and built all the wooden structures as well as the three colorful picnic benches you can enjoy every Saturday. Bob and Colin were there every single day and put in some very long hours.  In fact, Bob still waters the garden every morning until we can get a long term plan in place!

We purchased plants from West River Greenhouses. Farmer Bob spent time with us picking the right plants for the right locations and making sure we had what we needed.

Central (now Kent) Building Supplies who gave us a break on painting supplies for our patio furniture.

We’d also like to thank Nature’s Nook and Kranny, who after they heard one of our plants went missing, donated new shrub to replace it.

We kept our dollars as local as we could and shopped with many local businesses to keep the money in our community. The Adirondack Chairs came from Market vendor Paul Judge and were painted by volunteers. You will also find birdhouses from youth vendor Samuel Thompson of Samco Creations.

This year, we concentrated on getting plants in. There’s not a ton of variety but we have been able to give away what little we’ve harvested. We have some broccoli and cauliflower coming along and next year, things will get bigger and better!

It makes our hearts happy to see people enjoying the garden, not only during Market, but also during the week.  A relaxing place to sit back and enjoy the view of the river to talk with friends or just for silent reflection.  We still have a  few finishing touches to go. We have a sign coming and a bench and some other odds and ends too.

After that, the next steps will be coming up with a long term plan for maintenance and distribution of any harvest we have. We will be looking for assistance from community groups for help with this in the coming months.  Some of our fundraising efforts will help with maintenance of the garden. If you’d like to contribute you can always buy 50/50 tickets at the welcome table each week, attend our fundraising events etc…all of the proceeds from these things to to help the Market and initiatives like the garden.

We’d like to thank the following volunteer vendors who spent their time to help install the garden (hopefully we’ve remembered everyone):

Bob & Christine, Petite Riviere Winery

Colin & Adam, Knotty Acres

Niki, Sweetheart Farms

Megan, Marshdale Farms

Dionne, Art by Dionne

Nelson, MacD’s Bees

Sarah & Brian, Sunny Cove Honey

Conny, The Natural Edge

Melissa & Al, Handcrafted by Melissa

Janice, The Cupcake Lady

Rachael Robitaille & David

Gizele Mitchell

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Opening Day- Canada 150, July 1, 2017

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Holiday Applications now being accepted!

are It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s July. So naturally, we’re thinking about Christmas and the Holiday Season!

We are now accepting applications for vendors for the Holiday season. Successful applicants will be notified after August 1st.

With more than 2500 people visiting the Market each week last year, you’ll want to be sure to get your application in early! Both buildings will be open until December 16th. Table fees are $45.

Get your application below and return it to ngfarmmarket@gmail.com.

**Please read the application carefully before submitting.**

Available dates:

Saturday November 4     9am until 1pm

FRIDAY November 10       4pm until 8pm  (there is no Market on Sat., November 11th)

Saturday November 18    9am until 1pm

Saturday November 25    9am until 1pm

WEDNESDAY November 29th 4pm -8pm

Saturday December  2     9am until 1pm

WEDNESDAY December 13th  4pm – 8pm

Saturday December 16th  9am until 1pm

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We’re Open on Canada Day!

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We have been getting a couple of messages so we just wanted to make sure you knew, we are open in a big way on Canada Day!

Lots of free giveaways, lots of Canada Day special by your vendors and of course the opening of our community garden project, the Giving Garden at 10:30 am!

We have extended our hours until 2 pm so you can fit us into your day! Lots to see and do…we’ll meet you at the Market!

Happy Canada Day!

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Music at the Market- Tristan Legg

Tristan LeggTristan is a well know musician based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Known for his rich, powerful voice, strong acoustic guitar playing and outgoing personality on stage, he is a captivation act to catch.
Currently living in his home town in the Musquodoboit Valley, Tristan was influenced deeply by the albums his parents had of British & American rock and folk artists.
Steeped in the love of the blues and traditional music, Tristan has developed his own style of playing and writing songs that has a new but familiar feeling to them. Tristan has had the honour & privilege to share and play the stage with many great artists over the past years with such members from the Gig Dogs, McGinty, Evans & Doherty, Bruce Timmins, Fleur Mainville & Dave MacIssac. 

Catch Tristan at the Market from 12pm until 2pm at our Canada 150 bash on July 1st!

 

So You Think You Can Shop- Farmers Market Edition

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Insider Tips and Tricks from a Market Manager

Farmers Markets are so unique, shopping at them is an experience unlike any other. Not only are they unique from other places you shop, but they also vary greatly from each other.  Farmers Markets are made up of locally raised foods and hand crafted items unique to the geographic areas they are in. You will  find items that reflect the local culture and spirit of the surrounding communities. Farmers Markets offer face to face interaction, lowers the carbon footprint and there’s a direct and transparent supply chain.  These are just a couple of the reasons among many that illustrates why people shop at Farmers Markets.  While you can certainly just go to the Market, there are ways that you can ensure you get the most out of your Market experience.

As someone who organizes the Market each week, it’s easy for us on the Market side to just assume that you know all these intricacies but alas, you know what they say about assuming!  That being said I thought it might be handy to give you a bit of an inside look at how things work and that might help you get the very best out of your Market trips. I’m going to call it Market Shopping 101…I hope you find these things useful.

  1. PLAN AHEADNGFM List
  • Make a list of all the things you really need at the Market and the things you want to check out a little closer. Once at the Market, you will want to take your time to look around and see everything there is to see, but you don’t want to forget what you came for. Nothing is more frustrating than getting home to find out you forgot your lettuce.
  • The best way to plan ahead is to know who is coming to Market. Each week we post a poster that lists all the causal vendors that come to the Market for the coming Saturday. These are the ones who aren’t with us every week and we do it so that you know who is new and you can see if this is the week that a certain vendor is with us.  You will also find that starting on about Wednesday and Thursday, we really start posting all the interesting items you will find on Saturday to social media. Pay attention to these posts and then if you see anything that catches your eye, write it on the “Check it Out” section of your list. If you aren’t seeing these posts in your social media feed, make a point of going to our page to take a look for yourself…Facebook only shows you so much.
  • **keep in mind that the Market is home to more than 70 individual business owners, so there may be last minute changes. That may mean we weren’t able to advertise a vendor due to a last minute addition or they aren’t at Market as advertised to to an unexpected absence.

2. COME PREPARED

  • Bring your reusable bags and try to bring some smaller bills and change with you. Keep in mind that while vendors are advised to keep a supply of change on hand, when they get several $20 bills in a row, especially on small items first thing in the morning, it makes it very difficult for them to make change. It might seem like a little thing but they will be very grateful for your thoughtfulness.
  • If you are coming for awhile or maybe going somewhere else after the Market, bring a cooler with you to store your meat and veggies. This will save you the disappointment of spoilage due to a hot car later on.

3. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WELCOME TABLE

  • Not the most imaginative name, but we are welcoming, so that’s a thing. Have a question or need some general information? We are here to help. We do move the table from time to time due to space availability, but we are always there. We can answer questions, help you if you’re looking for a certain item or vendor and we have 50/50 tickets for sale as well as Market swag. If you need help with something out to your car, one of our volunteers can help!

4.  GO AHEAD, MAKE IT A DAYmeals-master

  • We work hard at making the Market a place you want to be and hang out at on a Saturday morning and we hope that you make it part of your weekly routine. We know that you likely have other things to do, but if you can possibly swing it, set the time aside and make a point to spend time at the Market and really look around. Have a bite to eat…come for breakfast and stay for lunch and shop in between. We’re not rushing you, we want you to spend time with us!
  • As an organizer we sometimes have to move vendors around so you may find that your vendor isn’t always in the same spot. This is usually out of organizational necessity or requirement, but it also keeps you looking and you might find something new that you haven’t seen before.
  • The great thing about small producers and artisans is that they have the flexibility to change items, so really look at their tables and see what’s new. Don’t be afraid to stop, they’re happy to see you!
  • We have lots of local music at the Market. They come to play for you out of passion for what they do and out of their appreciation for the Market.  They will have an open case, show them your appreciation!
  • Make two full laps around the Market. On your first pass, stop and look at everything, remember that list? Use it to write things down and remember where you found them. On your second pass, go back to those things and purchase them!
  • Stop and talk to your friends and neighbors and make it a social day out, just be sure that your conversation isn’t blocking other patrons from reaching a vendors table. It makes it hard for vendors to earn their livelihood if customers can’t get to them!

5.  ENGAGE! ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW

  • Vendors are at the Market because they are passionate about what they do and you as a consumer have the unique opportunity to talk to the very person that grew, surprise-me-weekly-coffee-subscription-coffeexperts-ESX8fy-clipartmade or baked the item you are considering purchasing. Find out about their processes, more about their farm, what makes them tick. Your farmers and artisans are proud of what they have produced and they would love to share it with you. Don’t be afraid to take an interest!

6.  VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

  • Try something new. Every time. Pick up at least one new thing every time you come to the Market. We have so many interesting items. And if you’re not sure what to do with them, ask your producer. They are usually armed with tried and true recipes and new uses for those awesome things.

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  • Remember, everything is locally grown. If you are looking for fresh picked strawberries in December, you are going to be disappointed. Know what’s in season and when it’s coming up. We have info about that at the Welcome table we mentioned above.
  • At the same time, when something is in season, buy lots of it and preserve it by freezing, canning etc. That way, you can still have local strawberries in December.

8. DON’T SEE IT? ASK ABOUT IT.

  • When you are shopping with a vendor  and you see an item that isn’t exactly the colour or size you wanted or they don’t have the item you were looking for, ask! Yes, you can do that! Some vendors may be willing or able to custom make an item for you or may have one in stock at home that they just didn’t bring with them. Remember, it never hurts to ask!

9.  SHARE WITH US

  • Show or tell vendors how you are using their products. It will make them feel great and perhaps even give them a new idea on how to utilize their product.
  • Share your market finds with us. Post your photos to our facebook page or share on Instagram @ngfarmmarket with the hashtag #myngfmfinds We may share it but it shows others how clever you are with your Market finds. We also love recipes using our vendors products or seeing how that art piece looks in your home….just sayin’ngfmfinds

10. SPREAD THE WORD

  • Ask friends and neighbours if they have been to the market before. Tell them, show them or feed them the amazing items you found at the Market. Bring your visitors for a unique morning out. Farmers Markets have a large and positive local economic impact in their communities. When you shop with our vendors, your money is going directly to them and their families. When they have to make, bake or grow more, they have to buy more. They register their kids in community programs, shop at other local businesses, all from money earned at the Market. They are spending and re-investing that money in the community.

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Music at the Market- Caroline Boulter

New to the Market this week, May 27, 2017 is another talented young musician, Caroline Boulter.

Caroline is a Grade 7 student at New Glasgow Academy.  She has been playing the violin since she was three years old. She just moved to New Glasgow from Lethbridge Alberta in 2016.  Caroline BoulterShe continues to study the violin with Christy Hodder at the Maritime Conservatory in Halifax.  Through the Maritime Conservatory, she joined the Nova Scotia Youth Ambassadors. Under the direction of Christy Hodder, this group of young violinists travels around Nova Scotia and Canada performing both traditional fiddle music and classical repertoire.  Caroline has been the recipient of many awards both since coming to Nova Scotia and in Lethbridge. She has travelled over from Alberta to New England to Halifax as part of her music education. Caroline is busking today to help raise money for the NSYA as they plan to travel to the Tavistock Fiddle Festival in Ontario and the end of June.