Exciting News Growing Your Way!

The Giving Garden

We are very excited to announce that construction is about to begin on a very special garden space at the Market! You can find the press release here.

A community garden of sorts has been on our wishlist for a number of years, right behind a year round building. Now that we have a  year round home, it’s time to start pursuing our other goals. Initially, the garden was to be a space behind the dome, a tiered garden.

We were very excited to announce earlier this year that we received a generous $3000 grant from the Pictou County Community Health Board towards the project.

Just recently, we found out that our garden project was a recipient of a 150 Forward Fund grant in the amount of $14,000, with $1,000 of that amount committed to Canada150 celebrations at the Market on July 1st.

This is huge. This budget means we can do so much more for the garden. We can have a larger impact on our community and sooner than expected. Thanks to the generosity and partnership of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Town of New Glasgow  and the Pictou County Community Health Board,  this project will reach completion this year, rather than in phases as originally planned.

The Goal of the Giving Garden

Why the Giving Garden? This is not a community garden in the sense where everyone gets plot of land to grow because quite simply, there isn’t enough space.  The Market is about produce and good food and nutrition, yes. However, we believe in whole health and wellness. Mind, body and soul. We want the garden to contribute and “give” to all of these things in our community and for years to come. We can give in many ways and that’s why we chose to call it the Giving Garden.

For the Mind and the Soul

The garden will have a concrete patio which will last for many years. During Market this will be a place you can take your food, coffee or snack to sit and relax riverside and socialize with friends and neighbours. However, the patio will also double as an outdoor classroom. In future, we hope to offer programs on gardening or other workshops, the possibilities are really endless.

The garden will also have a space for quiet reflection, surrounded by flowers overlooking the river for those that are looking for a quiet space.

We will be able to start a youth program. With our community, we will be able to teach our youth how to grow starting from seed and then they can transplant their plants into the raised beds when it comes time.

For the Body

Of course we will have raised beds, including a wheelchair accessible area. We will be able to plant fruits and vegetables. The rest of the garden will include as many edible plants and flowers as possible. The bounty will then be given back to the community in a yet to be determined process.

We are hoping once everything is built and ready to go, that there will be community groups that will be willing to come in and help us maintain and work the garden. Gardening after all, is good for the soul!

We will also be able to connect the existing Pioneer Trail to the rest of the New Glasgow Riverside by improving the section behind the Market building.

We have a volunteer group comprised of our dedicated farmers and garden enthusiast vendors who are diligently planning, designing and ready to build and plant. Our goal is to have it all ready to unveil to you this July 1st, on Canada’s 150th birthday! We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony among other activities and you will be able to visit the Giving Garden!

We hope that once built, the garden will keep giving for years to come.

We will keep track of our progress and you can follow along as the space transforms. We will also be looking for friends of the garden as we are looking for materials to build and then later maintain.

Once again, we are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

The Market also recognizes the significant, on-going partnership with the Town of New Glasgow who worked with us and generously donated the land behind the Market to us and the important contribution of the Pictou County Community Health Board to this community project.

It takes a community to grow a garden and a garden to grow a community!

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Press Release

Here’s a look at the space before, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with progress photos as we always do!

 

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Music at the Market- Regan Keay

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Regan Keay is an 18 year old from New Glasgow and she has been singing since she could talk! You may have seen her at the Market for the past two years, as well as the new Glasgow music festival.

Much of her music career has been spent performing for the residents at Glen Haven Manor. You’ll be seeing Regan and her Guitar this Saturday but while she is at school, you will spot her without her guitar and with her girls from the Caledonia’s (Queen’s University A capella group).

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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/

Holiday Gift Guide Part 3- For Kids

Part 3 in our series of gift buying! We have many great gifts for kids. From brightly coloured animals, to change purses and mittens. Lip balm and doll clothes, we have what you need, all made with love and care!  And as always, we have new vendors every week from now until Christmas so it’s best to come check it out for yourself…so many great unique and local gifts to be found at the Market!  Buy a few of the items below and create a very special local gift basket…a hat, a washable mat, a stuffy and treat from Chapel Cove Chocolate. Maybe a wallet, some lip balm, a bath bomb wrapped in one of Quilted Chaos quilted bowls. Maybe a honey flavour shot, a special mug from Piedmont Pottery and some personal products from MacD’s Bee’s.

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Beautiful hats from Snippets- December 19th
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Snippets- A variety of stuffie friends….just the right keepsake for that special little person on your list! December 19th
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Snippets- A variety of stuffie friends….just the right keepsake for that special little person on your list! December 19th
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Quilted Chaos has several little buddies available! Great for young kids! December 12th & 19th
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Quilted Chaos- wallets and change purses, perfect for the tween or teen on your list! December 12th & 19th
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Quilted Chaos….wee fur buddies!
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MeMaws- Find just the right hat….lots of characters to choose from!
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MeMaws- Lots of hockey hats too….and matching mitts! ready for winter!
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Handcrafted by Melissa has just what you need….specially handmade characters sure to please children of any age…large to small, she’s got it all!
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MacD’s Bees has a lot of personal products that would go great into a basket. Lip Balm and then get some honey flavour shots to go in hot chocolate.
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LK Designs has just what you need for baby….fashionable drool bibs, hats and more!
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LeSoap has many bath products perfect for the tween and teen in your life. Sarah and her team will hook you up!
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LeSoap is da bomb! She has many bath products perfect for  the tween and teen on your list!
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Ginny from Gem creations has wonderful jewellery handcrafted from sea glass. Every piece is unique! December 12th
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Cindy will be back at the Market with er her sea glass creations…catch her every Saturday in December!
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Bramble Hill Farm- Washable colouring mats!
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Bramble Hill Farm- Washable colouring mats!

Holiday Gift Guide Part 1 – For Her

This is a first in a series of posts that is aimed at guiding you to find just the right gift for everyone on your list.  The New Glasgow Farmers Market has something for everyone and in every budget!

Why is buying local so important?

Well it’s like this, all items at the Market are hand made, baked or grown locally, they are not imported. By purchasing from one of our talented artisans or producers, you are directly supporting a local family and by proxy, the community at large. When a producer or artisan sells their items, they have to go make, bake or grow more. By doing so, they are putting money back into the community when they buy their supplies. Whether it’s supply stores, feed stores or other local shops,  it all supports the community and promotes healthy economic growth in our County. That’s why Farmers Markets are a sustainable and very important part of the future.

The beauty of it is that you are giving a very special gift that was handcrafted with love, thought and care to give to someone special and the people on your list deserve nothing less.

Think outside of the big box!

As we begin, please keep in mind that we do have new vendors that come time to time or are new and may not be showcased here and there’s many more items than we have space to show, so that’s why it is important to come to the Market every week, you never know what hidden gem you’ll find!

 

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LeSoap, Sarah LeBlanc Soaps, Bath Bombs & Body Products
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Petite Riviere Winery
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Piedmont Pottery, Gary Fredericks
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Piedmont Pottery, Gary Fredericks
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Lee Bezanson Jewellery
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Quilted Chaos, Charlotte McCuish Totes, purses, wallets, pouches, animals and bowls
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Keely Stevenson, Youth Vendor Necklaces, pendants and bookmarks
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Keely Stevenson, Youth Vendor Necklaces, pendants and bookmarks
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Keely Stevenson, Youth Vendor Necklaces, pendants and bookmarks
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Sainte Famille Winery
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LeSoap, Sarah LeBlanc Soaps, Bath Bombs & Body Products
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LeSoap, Sarah LeBlanc Soaps, Bath Bombs & Body Products
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LeSoap, Sarah LeBlanc Soaps, Bath Bombs & Body Products
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Lismore Sheep Farm Mittens, Wool Blankets, insoles and more December 12th and 19th
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Farmers Market reusable Tote bag $15 found at the Welcome table
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Art by Dionne earrings, pens, notebooks, mugs, art on various media.
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Gem Creations, Ginny Arnold Sea glass Jewellery December 5th and 12th
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Gem Creations, Ginny Arnold Sea glass Jewellery December 5th and 12th
Handcrafted by Melissa
Handcrafted by Melissa, Melissa Zimmerman Scarves, necklaces, reusable shopping bags, blankets and more

 

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NGFM Gift Certificates, $10 denominations, redeemable at any Market Vendor, good for Winter and Summer Markets

 

The Market Chronicles- New Building

This photo may just seem like pavement with a cut in it and some cones to some, but  to many, it represents so much more!

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Everyone’s been talking about the new Market building for what seems like forever. A new, year round building has been a goal for a long time and we have been waiting for the day to come that we can see the dreams and hard work of so many become reality.

We’ve been asked when’s it starting? Where will it go? What will it be like? For a long time now we’ve been asked these questions and we are happy to finally be able to answer these questions. The building is the first of many phases as the New Glasgow Farmers Market area undergoes some awesome improvements that will benefit the whole community. it will continue to be a gathering place, a place to experience our community, great food, great crafts & arts, great music and great friends, a showcase to visitors. And it will soon be a place that everyone can experience all year round. There are so many possibilities and that’s what this represents.

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We will be raising funds to go towards some projects for the new building, including but not limited to our new open concept demonstration style kitchen, new tables for increased vendors and any other odds and ends that pop up along the way that are bound to occur with expansion. The proceeds from our weekly 50/50 draw goes towards the cause and we will be hosting a Market Kitchen Party with a BBQ on September 13th that showcases all the great local foods you can find at the Market, with local music and proceeds will benefit upcoming Market projects & programs. Your continued support is much appreciated!

We will document the progress as we go, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page, but the best very best way to stay in the loop is to come and see it yourself as you shop every Saturday morning from 8:30 until Noon!

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This is the site plan. The building is the first phase and the others will follow, but this is the vision of the end result!

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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