Press Release: New Glasgow Farmers Market Launches Food Bucks Pilot Project in Pictou County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2019
Press Release: New Glasgow Farmers Market Launches Food Bucks Pilot Project in Pictou County

The New Glasgow Farmers Market (NGFM) is thrilled to announce our participation in the launch of a province-wide project to increase food security and support households in need across Nova Scotia. The NGFM is working with the Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia and four other member markets on the project named the Nourishing Communities Food Bucks Pilot Study. We are working with local partner organization, Kids First to issue “food bucks”, an anonymous alternative currency that can be redeemed at any vendor stall at the NGFM. This pilot project is built upon successful programming in British Columbia and an expansion of work done for three seasons at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market and a previous season at the New Glasgow Farmers’ Market.

“The New Glasgow Farmers Market is proud to participate in the Nourishing Communities Program. Making a positive impact on overall health and well-being in our community and increasing access to local food and goods is at the core of our organization. To be able to expand on this goal in such a meaningful way is very rewarding for us”, comments Kristi Russell, Market Manager of the New Glasgow Farmers Market.

Michelle Ward, Executive Director says “Partnering with the New Glasgow Farmers Market has been such a great experience for our organization and families in our community. Families are embraced as part of the Farmer’s Market family and treated with such respect. They have told us so many positive outcomes from their experiences and we are pleased to continue to be a part of this program”.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to explore just how big of an impact a farmers’ market can have for its community”, says Justin Cantafio, Executive Director of Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) Cooperative. “Farmers’ Markets are so much more than a once-a-week shopping destination. They’re social, cultural, and economic hubs and anchors in their communities.”

This project is made possible thanks to generous funding and support provided by Communities, Culture and Heritage Nova Scotia, who have indicated that a successful pilot project may mean an opportunity to expand to even more markets next year. Thanks also goes to the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia who has organized and made this opportunity possible.

Participating partner organizations will select participants in need who will benefit from reduced food insecurity and increased social inclusion. As recently as 2014, over 15% of Nova Scotians experienced food insecurity, including 22% of children, and food bank use has been steadily increasing in Nova Scotia . A 2015 study found that Nova Scotia’s food insecurity rates were the highest in all of Canada , and seniors are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity , with 19.7% of Nova Scotian women over 65 and 14.7% of Nova Scotian men over 65 living in low-income households .

The Nourishing Communities Food Bucks Pilot Study will:
• Contribute to systematically overcoming Nova Scotia’s high rates of food insecurity;
• Provide much needed opportunities for social and community engagement for people experiencing poverty, food insecurity, and social isolation throughout Nova Scotia, and;
• Support the production and availability of locally grown and produced foods.

The Nourishing Communities Food Bucks Pilot Study has three principal objectives:
1. To provide financial support to those in need to access healthy food;
2. To provide an experience that supports physical, mental, and community health;
3. To support local producers and farmers in developing a robust food system in Nova Scotia.

Dinner by the River 2019

GET TICKETS HERE!

Here it is! Our summer farm to table event that you’ve been waiting for!

Tables and sparkling trees will line the beautiful New Glasgow Riverfront and guests will enjoy a farm to table meal in an all local experience!

You will enjoy an elegant three course meal made possible by your local producers paired with Nova Scotia wines while listening to the jazz stylings of Men About Town. After dinner, dance the night away under the stars with Mike & the MacPhersons.

A cash bar stocked with Nova Scotia wines, spirits from Nova Scotia Spirit Co. and craft beer will be available.

Tickets will be $85 and will also include a ride home with CHAD transit.

Tickets are limited and will go on sale online only June 4th at 9am. Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the Market on June 8th.

**Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated but you must let us know 2 week prior to the event. After you purchase tickets, contact us at events@ngfarmmarket.com

Guests must be 19+

Request for Proposal

Deadline is April 30th, 2019.

As we approach our 2019 summer season, we are one again place the Dome Kitchen up for tender. Please see below for information and criteria.

Proposals and any questions should be e-mailed to the Market Manager, Kristi at ngfarmmarket@gmail.com

Cannabis at the Market

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We have been getting some questions at the Market for a while now about how Cannabis will affect the Market. The short answer is, it won’t.

Now that cannabis is legal, we thought it was a good time to answer some frequently asked questions. We figured this was the best way to address them.

Can I light up at the Market?

No. As with open alcohol and tobacco smoking, smoking cannabis in or near the Market will not be permitted. Visitors that light up will be asked to butt out. Those that are asked to butt out are expected to comply.

Will you have edibles at the Market?

No. Edibles are not currently included in the current legalization and will not be available at the Market.

Will I be able to light up at Market events?

No. The Market is on municipal property and the buildings are also municipal. As was the case before, we are bound by Municipal by-laws (as well as Provincial and Federal, of course).

Please understand that this is an unprecedented road we are headed down in our country and it is bound to be a bumpy one. As laws and by-laws change, the Market will respond accordingly and we will keep you posted.

We appreciate your co-operation and understanding as we continue to keep the Market an enjoyable place for all.

Please make sure you are also up to date on Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws around cannabis.

More Information:

Federal:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/laws-regulations.html

Provincial:

https://novascotia.ca/cannabis/laws/

 

 

Music at the Market- Jim & Kim Hadley (& friends)

We have a special musical Saturday planned for you at the Market this Saturday. We are welcoming Jim Hadley and his wife Kim. But not only that, they will be joined by some of their musically talented friends, and if you read on, you just might recognize them!

Jim Hadley is a member of the band ” Where Rivers Meet”
Beresford New Brunswick  singer-songwriter Jim Hadley has performed across Canada and in the United  States. He started his musical performances playing the harmonica at the age of  4 and was playing for audiences from that moment on. He was playing the guitar  by the age of 10 and had developed an interest in singing at the same time. It
was not long before he was performing for audiences at various events. This  included playing harmonica and singing as a guest on various Radio Shows both in the US and Canada.  His love of music spans across many genres from Rock & Roll  to Country to Swing / Big Band.  He has had the opportunity to perform to, and  delight large audiences across Canada. In addition, he has performed for  Broadway  genre productions.

Jim released his first album titled “At Last”
in October of  2008 while living in Dieppe NB.  It  includes an English and French compilation of songs he has written )
and  composed.  This album was recorded with the musical talents and
support of his  wife Kim ( vocals )  and son Scott (vocals / Drums ).

Jim currently performs with his wife Kim as the group “ Silver Sound “ at various types of venues, and also performs with the group “ Classic Country “ as one of the  lead singers  and lead / rhythm guitarists.  (source: http://www.whereriversmeet.ca/jim-hadley.html)

 

Also joining Jim and Kim are a music duo you may recognize. Nelson (aka beekeeper at Macd’s Bees and Maureen Macds Bees product developer extraordinaire) are also a very talented musical family.

Nelson & Maureen Music

They will be performing a set but also joining them are Declan Ror  and Avery Cameron for a couple of tunes.  You will be treated to an array of music genres; something for everyone to enjoy!

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NGFM Healthy Living Program

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We are excited and proud to introduce the NGFM Healthy Living program!

In our County,  there are many families who are food insecure meaning they do not always have enough money to get the food they need, much less have access to quality local food and we believe everyone deserves that!

We recognize that there are families who would like to shop at the Market but face a number of barriers including financial and social barriers.   We have been trying to figure out a way to make the Market more accessible to these families for awhile.   E

BC has an established provincial program being run with their Farmers Markets and Wolfville has run one successfully for the last few years as well. Of course we have been wanting to make this happen for our County and with a little help from our friends, we are able to do just that!

The NGFM Healthy Living Program will provide 10 low income families with $100 in Market Money for 7 months. We wanted to make sure that it continued through Christmas as this is often the hardest time for families.  The total investment in this program is $7,000.  This program is fully funded by the Aberdeen Health Foundation with in kind support from Kids First and the New Glasgow Farmers Market.

Kids First is a charitable organization that serves low income families with children. We approached Kids First because they have families with children and we wanted to give the kids the opportunity to have a good start in learning about local food and all that shopping at the Market has to offer them. This opportunity not only gives families access to healthy food, but they also get the added benefit of  social interaction and the feeling of inclusion in our community, something that can be difficult for these families.

For some of these families, the Market seems unattainable and intimidating. These families struggle for necessities and may not be able to afford little luxuries, like a nice bar of soap or a toy for their child, much less healthy local food. These little luxuries and something like eating out are often something that other people do. These families may not know the process of ordering fresh cuts of meat or had the opportunity to eat some of the unique produce at the Market, so much of this will be new to them.

These families will attend  a Market info session to help them understand what to expect. Together, we will be addressing their concerns with them to help make these processes less intimidating and help them to feel comfortable.

These families will have access to programming that will help with nutritional education, food preparation and more. This program will be administered with kindness, respect and dignity, free of stigma.

This program also does double, even triple duty.  As always, 100% of Market Money, including the Market Money from this program, spent at the Market goes directly to vendors (as it always does). So at the same time as these families benefit, local farmers, food producers and artisans that sell at the Market also benefit. They make their livelihood and in turn will spend their money in the community and then those businesses benefit too!  A ripple effect, like a drop in a pond!

This is a win-win-win, especially for families, but vendors and the community as a whole.

Healthy Living Program

These families will now have access to healthy local food. They will be able to be part of a community where they may have felt isolation before. Hopefully we will be able to illustrate to them that the Market is a comfortable place and that items are not as expensive as they think and that eating local, healthy food IS within their reach. These families will get to listen to music, they can take their child to lunch or buy them a special treat, maybe they can buy a roast or try some micro greens or a new variety of beet or carrot.  Maybe they can buy a nice bar of soap or enjoy some gluten free bread that they may not have been able to afford before. Perhaps they can buy a toy for their child’s birthday and at Christmas they can have a turkey.

This is about whole health and increasing quality of life and adding tools to the kids toolbox to help them make great choices that will set them on the right path as they grow up. This is about everyone being part of the community and the Market giving back.

If the program is successful and feedback from the families are positive, we will find a way to run it again. Someday maybe we will also have a provincially run program! Dream big.

We would like to thank the Wolfville Farmers Market  and the Farmers Market of Nova Scotia for helping us along the way, the team at Kids First and of course the Aberdeen Health Foundation for making this program possible!

Thank YOU for supporting the Market and coming out to shop with us every week.  It is because of your support that we have the encouragement to keep doing better.

 

Who’s Up For the Challenge?

Another peak season has arrived at our doorstep. As the weather warms and your farmers crops grow, the Market is bustling with that familiar laughter and neighborhood chatter.

This Saturday, we are proud to open our for our 10th peak season! As many of you know, the Market has evolved so much over the last 10 years, it’s pretty amazing!

Last year, we were thrilled to be able to build the Giving Garden. While the Giving Garden committee is hard at work making plans for the growing part, the other important part of the space is the patio which we hoped to turn into an outdoor classroom of sorts. We envisioned all kinds of things out there that all community members and visitors could access, tying into our vision of whole health and wellness.

We have been working on it! We have approached our vendors and some of our community organizations and friends of the Market. We challenged them…we really wanted to offer experiences at no charge in an effort to make them accessible for everyone regardless of situation and take cost out of the equation. We believe that everyone should have a chance to join in activities at the Market. So the deal was, if you are willing to join the cause and offer your service for free or at cost, then we will give you the space at no cost.

Because our community is amazing and believes in this project as much as we do, they were very generous and hopped on board to donate their time. They really saw this as a chance to make this something amazing, and we thank them for helping us get the ball rolling!

We are proud to tell you that as a result, we have some fabulous things coming up on garden patio. In future, you just need to look at the chalkboards for information on what’s coming up as well as our weekly poster that is published on Facebook weekly.

Coming up this Saturday, May 19th at 10:30am, local author Sarah Butland will be on the patio to give a reading.

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Reading at the Market Giving Garden at 10:30am, May 19th

June 16th

On June 16th we are very pleased to welcome Rachael MacLean and Raina McDonald to host yoga classes, free of charge!

Rachael is kindly hosting a free kids yoga class from 9 until 9:30am and then at

10-11am
A free all-levels yoga experience with Raina.
A restorative yet activating space to listen to your body and soul while strengthening and opening. Elements of gentle flow, breath and guided meditation…riverside!
Bring your mat and dress in comfy layers.

market yoga  Raina Yoga

This is just the beginning we have dates yet to be set but in the works are other exercise opportunities, a crochet/knit class and perhaps a flower arranging class or two.

Now here’s the challenge to you! We have lots of dates up until the end of October…we invite artisans & makers, musicians, fitness instructors, nutritionists, gardeners/garden clubs, authors, farmers, painters, poets, massage therapy, kids activities, you get the idea….come out and share your knowledge, lead a workshop, share what you know, teach others. The deal is the same, if you offer your service for free or at cost, you can have the space at no cost to you. You just need to contact us, throw your idea out there, we know there are lots of great ideas. We can work together to figure it out and  we’ll find a date and we can help you with registration as needed. Local, grass-roots organizations welcome, this is also a good time to give out information for your services.

This truly is for the community, by the community to better the community. Be part of the big picture, meet new friends and neighbours and you might just learn something in the process!

PS if you have spare yoga mats in good condition that you would be willing to donate, please bring them to the welcome table at the Market. We will keep them out side every Saturday for anyone that wishes to use them during Market hours.

Music at the Market- Brady Webb

Brady Webb is from Westville, N.S. He attends Northumberland Regional High School where he participates in the school band program, Me to We, International Buddies and NSSSA (Nova Scotia Secondary School Association). He enjoys volunteering throughout his community which includes teaching swim lessons at the YMCA.

Brady started chanter lessons at age 7 and was on bagpipes by age 9. He has been a member of Clan Thompson Pipe Band and Dartmouth and District Pipe Band. Over the years, he has participated in many highland games and competitive piping competitions. Brady has earned the Piper of the Day award for numerous solo grade levels as well as has been awarded the Sandy MacLean Memorial Trophy given to a promising local piper at the New Glasgow Festival of the Tartans. Other major awards include Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association Champion Supreme Award for solo piping Grades 5, 4, 3 and 2, overall PipeBand Champion for Grades 4, 3 and 2 and a 4th place finish at the North American Piping Championships. Brady plans on competing as a solo Grade 2 piper during summer Highland Games competitions throughout the Atlantic Provinces and Canada.

Brady Webb

Introducing Henny & Cecil

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Meet Henny & Cecil from the New Glasgow Farmers Market located in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia (Pictou County along the beautiful Northumberland Shore)! They are about to embark on a quest to visit as many Farmers Markets as possible. Their mission: to spread the message about the importance of Farmers Markets and the love of local…wherever you are!

If you happen to come across Henny or Cecil, please take them to your local Farmers Market and document your journey with photos along the way. Once at your Farmers Market, take a photo of them there and then post the photos to their Facebook page and tag us on instagram @ngfarmmarket. Use the hashtags #henny&cecil #ngfarmmarket  and #FarmersMarket  *Hint: They also love craft breweries and local wineries too!

Once you have shown them around the Market, please give them to someone at that Market or another person who you know will take them to another Market. If possible, take a photo of the adoptive “farmer” who will take them to the next Farmers Market.

Let’s see how many places they can visit! We will share all of their adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

We love mail, if you would like to send us a postcard or letter from Henny or Cecil, we would love to post it at our Market!

Mail it to:

New Glasgow Farmers Market
261 Glasgow St.,
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
B2H 5C2

MORE ABOUT HENNY & CECIL

Henny & Cecil were “born” in 2017. Created by New Glasgow Farmers Market (NGFM) vendor Melissa Zimmerman of Handcrafted by Melissa. Melissa has been a vendor with the NGFM from it’s beginning! She crochets beautiful scarves, blankets, hats, and stuffed friends just like Henny & Cecil.

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Henny & Cecil were chosen by Market Manager Kristi to go on this very special journey. She thought they were the perfect pair to help spread happiness and also a way to see how many people would take part and see how far they could travel so that everyone could see what other Farmers Markets were like.

Like anyone, before they could leave on their journey, Henny & Cecil had to prepare. They visited Lisa with LK Designs. Lisa outfitted them with specially made tags that would stand up to travel. The tags holds the important information on what to do if you meet Henny or Cecil.  Lisa makes children’s clothing, reading pillows and so many other things, are loving created by hand!

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Once they had their tags, Henny & Cecil traveled to Charlotte of Quilted Chaos. Charlotte was tasked with making Henny & Cecil’s journey comfortable and safe. She made them a bag that would be carried with them them. It would keep them clean and give their adoptive farmers an easy way to carry them.

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Henny & Cecil on the way to get fitted for their custom bags

Just before they leave, Kristi will make sure the instructions are carefully attached to Henny & Cecil’s tags.

Now they are ready to go!

Stay tuned and let’s see how far their adventure takes them! Don’t forget to like and follow them on facebook and follow @ngfarmmarket on instagram.

NGFM Fun Facts

Did you know?

  1. We are a proud member of the Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia?! 

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What does this mean?

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2. We are a non-profit organization

  • Our focus is not on profit, but rather on our vendors and community and ways to improve opportunities for both small business/entrepreneurs and our community. We rely on table fees, your support through fundraising events and grants and this goes right back into the Market so that we can offer our vendors and community more opportunities.
  • We are proud as a member of FMNS and through the funds we collect to invest that back into the Market.
    • We offer our vendors many training opportunities and ways to improve their business at low or no cost to them
    • With partnerships, grants, volunteers and fundraising, we are able to grow and complete projects to enhance the Market and community
      • examples are: New year round building, dome renovations to the kitchen (more renos coming to the kitchen & bathrooms soon), Market kitchen & appliances, heaters for the dome, Giving Garden, new tents, new tables, new stage for events and more!
  • Due to your support of fundraising events, we are able to keep our vendor fees low lifting barriers to effective business for our vendors. We are able to develop sustainable projects and initiatives.

3. We are community minded.

  • Now that most of our really big projects are done, we have turned our attention to ways we can make increasingly meaningful contributions to our community by forging partnerships with other organizations also dedicated to improving our community. Please stay tuned, we hope to have some great announcements on some exciting new programs and initiatives very soon!
  • Want to find more ways to be involved? We are working on it and will hopefully have something to tell you later on this season!

None of this could happen without you  or your support. It’s important you come out and support your Market and vendors as much as you can! Your support comes full circle back to the community!

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