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 email@example.com
Guests must be 19+
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
LUAU AT THE MARKET
July 28, 2018
If you enjoyed Market to Main Street and Dinner by the River, you won’t want to miss this years event! Join us for another one of a kind dining experience, Luau style!
Your night includes
- a pig roast by Meadowbrook Meat Market,
- a professional hula performance complete with a lesson and contest,
- limbo contest (prizes are from the Market of course),
- fire spinning performance from local artist Carey Allan
- beach music from Hoss Tec Sound and a live performance from Dirty Rokkin Scoundrels
- Big Cove Foods will have the tiki bar in full swing with exotic cocktails,
local wine and beer
We’ll even have sand, beach balls, leis, ukeleles, beach themed selfie stations and soooo much more!
All this AND a ride home with CHAD Transit!
Guests must be 19 years or older
Tickets go on Sale at 9:00am May 5th, online and at the Market
Did you know?
- We are a proud member of the Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia?!
What does this mean?
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!
We missed getting this post up in time for Earth Day, but then we think Earth Day should be every day, so that makes us right on time!
We all want to be environmentally friendly, but we also know that there are challenges. We are sharing this post with you to show how the Market can play a role in your environmental goals.
DID YOU KNOW?
Recently, the NGFM made a policy to eliminate styrofoam take out containers? This is not as easy as it sounds, there are a few reasons why a vendor can’t just switch overnight. We want you to know that we are trying and so are our vendors. Our vendors take pride in what they offer you. They want you to have the best quality product but they also realize that many patrons are budget conscious. Switching to environmentally sound containers can be cost prohibitive. Compostable containers can add up to $1 or more per piece depending on material costs and shipping. While some guests can easily and happily absorb this increase, there are other patrons that may find this difficult. Then there’s the matter of finding a container that will hold up to the food that gets placed in them. Many of our vendors offer liquid or “saucy” foods and we know you would like to not have leaks. We have given our vendors some time to adjust but by the end of May you will see that most of them will have switched over to something more environmentally friendly.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
BRING YOUR OWN
You can help! Bring in your own containers, cutlery and coffee mugs from home. Keep a set in the car in one of your reusable bags in case you make an unexpected trip in. That way, you’re always prepared! Our vendors will happily fill your own reusable dishes. This will help lessen the amount of overall trash that makes its way into the landfill.
BUY RE-USABLE ITEMS
We have a number of environmentally friendly items that are available for purchase from the Market. Better yet, they are locally made, which in itself lowers your carbon footprint. More on that later.
We have a number of reusable shopping bags at the Market available from various vendors at various price points They are made from durable materials and will last you a long time and they are also fashionable and attractive, making them perfect for a multitude of uses. Here are just a few examples:
We are thrilled to share with you for the very first time, these amazing produce bags from Quilted Chaos. Made from a breathable poly mesh, these will hold your produce and make it easy to transport. Charlotte will have these available in two sizes, purchase in a set or on their own and reuse! Fully machine washable.
PLASTIC WRAP ALTERNATIVE
We are happy to welcome a new vendor to the Market this season! Beezy Wraps is a plastic wrap alternative. Made from cotton cloth, honey and tree resin, these wraps can be used on just about anything! If they get a little soiled, just give them a rinse under cold water and you can continue to use them. Unlike plastic wrap, when they reach the end of their long life cycle, these will completely break down.
These items are just the start! Did you know that Lismore Sheep Farm carries wool dryer balls and pillows filled with wool? Completely natural filling that will break down after its lifespan and more hygienic too. The Natural Edge has laundry alternatives and there are many natural soaps and more! There are lots of environmentally better choices to be found at the Market to help reduce waste and environmental impact.
SHOP AT THE MARKET
The single biggest thing you can do to make a positive impact on the environment is to shop at the Market. And if you are visiting somewhere else, visit their Farmers Market. SHOP LOCAL!
How does simply shopping at the Market help the environment?
Well, let us tell you!
All the products at the Market are locally grown or made. All the produce, honey, eggs, meats and lobster are grown, raised and fished locally. Items are not shipped from overseas or trucked across the country, they are grown or made right here! That means a reduction in your carbon footprint.
As you can see illustrated in the diagram I used above, there are many more steps used when purchasing a product that is not locally produced. There is more packaging, much of the food that travels is processed in one form or another to keep it fresh at the least, then there’s the increased distribution, more money spent on marketing signage etc before it reaches your table. There is increased waste created by the additional packaging, some of which cannot be recycled. And your product will be older by the time it reaches your table…in Nova Scotia, your non-locally produced food travels on average more than 4,000 km and yes, that includes the new online “farm fresh” home delivery meal programs.
When you purchase locally made products, it comes straight from the farm to Market and travels less than 100km. There is less packaging and sometimes no packaging, especially if you use one of the options available at the Market above. There is very little signage and if there is waste, most of it can be reused, recycled or composted and then that compost can be reused in the farm or your own garden. The bonus is that most of your food is picked and makes it to your table in less than 24 hrs. Many of your farmers are harvesting on Friday or even Saturday morning before market starts.
The more you can grow yourself or source from your community, the better it is environmentally and economically for the community. If you can’t get it at the Market, then buy as close to home as possible. Start at the Market, if you can’t get it there, move to products produced provincially, work your way out.
Eat seasonally when possible. Eat more of the things you can find in season instead of purchasing imported food. Preserve. Buy at the the Market in season or grow your own, then can, freeze or dehydrate. Eating seasonally and preserving are things our ancestors did before there was such a thing as national transport. Families each grew and raised what they could and then shared the bounty with the rest of the community. If they couldn’t grow or raise it, clearly they didn’t eat it.
Below is video, it’s American, but the sentiment is the same.
Shop Local, Buy Local, Spend Local, Support Local…we hear all of these things all the time it seems. Local is the new buzzword. Shopping local has become trendy and popular. You see it in stores, on television, virtually everywhere. But does it ACTUALLY make a difference when you shop local? Everyone always tells you it matters where you spend your money, and we tell you that all the time. But why should you believe us? Lots of people tell you lots of things and sometimes it turns out not to be true or it’s some kind of stretched reality of the actual truth.
Trendy and popular is great only if it becomes an actual trend. To have a lasting shift in behaviour and thinking, is something quite different. Thankfully though, shopping local is an actual trend. People are caring more about where their food and goods come from, and they want to know who makes/grows them. It is beginning to be a movement and we are starting to see a measurable shift and for good reason. The impact you have when you shop local IS real and I am not talking from a Market(ing) standpoint, after all we are non-profit. We exist for our vendors and because of our vendors and community. What we do is for them and for you.
So instead of me telling you AGAIN, that where and how you spend your dollars makes a real difference, I’m going to share with you some of our vendor success stories. You know these people. If you shop at the Market, you see them every week.
These are your friends, your neighbours, your community. Actual. Real. People.
Before we start, let’s refresh a couple of important points for you to keep in mind as you read their stories.
- All vendors run their own businesses. The Market has a set of rules and regulations and policies that help us to operate smoothly. However, when it comes to the actual vendor and their busiest, that is all them. They have full control over their business.
- Vendors are at the Market for different reasons. Some are there as a hobby, some like to keep busy during retirement, some are using is as a business tool to test products, develop business models and launch into bigger arenas. For many it’s a livelihood or an important part of a livelihood and for others, it funds interests and the “extras”. Maybe next time you’re at the Market, ask a vendor why they sell at the Market. Trust me, it’s really interesting.
So knowing that, lets move on. We asked our vendors to submit their success stories. They want you to know that you make a difference. Your dollars spent at the Market have changed lives. No joke.
Here’s some stories (and there are more):
Bramble Hill Farm
2017 was a game-changing year for Bramble Hill Farm. Since starting at the New Glasgow Farmers Market in the spring of 2015, Cathy has felt encouraged and supported by amazing customers and fellow market vendors.
Throughout the last few years, as her business has grown, Cathy has focused on finding her ‘fresh niche’ and worked to offer fresh salad produce year-round. In the summer of 2017, Bramble Hill Farm ran a successful Kickstart campaign helping to raise the capital needed to build a 4-season greenhouse.
This expansion would not have happened if it weren’t for the generous support of market customers, family, friends and FarmWorks Investment Cooperative. What started as a micro-local dream of providing fresh salad to her community market here in New Glasgow; has become a reality of a flourishing business supplying wholesale and restaurant customers. In 2018 has expanded out to vend at city markets. It all started right here at home in Pictou County where Cathy always looks forward to greeting smiling market customers on a Saturday morning and offering the very best of her farm products. As Cathy put it, “Passion fuelled this dream but our community built it!”
Shree Curry Place
Vandana, Sam and son Dhruv are Shree Curry Place. They will tell you that they believe their biggest business success is the Farmers Market. “We consider the Farmers Market to be our main success. Because of the wonderful customers and their response at the Farmers Market, we gained the confidence to open the Food Truck.” “We see returning regulars, but there’s not a single Saturday we do not see lots of new people, who end up being regular shoppers at the Market.” This winter, you will find Shree Curry Place in the Market Kitchen with an expanded menu, including breakfast!
You may have caught a live Facebook video we did in November or December. As can happen, we had some technical issues and so we’re not sure whether you got to hear about Matt’s success story and if you did happen to catch it, it still warrants repeating. Matt operates The Spoonery. He hand crafts wooden spoons, cutting boards and his ever-popular BBQ scrapers among many other unique items. Like many of our vendors Matt worked full-time in addition to crafting his wares and vending them at the Market. During a casual conversation with Matt, he mentioned how he was enjoying retirement…clearly he picked up the puzzled and confused look on my face and then elaborated. Matt expressed that since he started at the Market, he has seen his business steadily increase and that 2017 was his best year to date. In fact, it was so good, Matt was able to realize his dream of leaving his job to focus solely on his craft. All because you supported by spending with him. Matt will be expanding into other endeavours with The Spoonery but his heart is at the Market, so you will see him back in the spring when we expand back into to two buildings!
Big Cove Foods
Many of you know Dave, Sarah (and now, baby Rex). They have been with the Market for several years and we have all watched them as they have grown their business. Not only do they sell at our Market, but they now sell online, opening a whole new world of possibilities for them. You can also catch them at Halifax Seaport Market occasionally.
“The market has been a great starting off point for our company and continues to be a great part of how we grow, as we get a very personal, one on one feedback back from our customers.
Creating ingredients that our customers can take home and become inspired to cook only enhanced our drive to keep on that path of making new and interesting products. When people return the following week to share what delicious things they made in their own kitchens using our products, that’s really what the farmers market is all about; a community inspiring and encouraging small businesses to keep going.
Thanks to the support of the New Glasgow Farmers Market, we were able to put all our focus on Big Cove Foods and continue to create new products out of our newly built commercial kitchen. An opportunity that would not have been available if it weren’t for the help of our community.” #supportsmallbusinesses
Small Holdings Farm
This season, we welcomed Keltie and Michael to the Market. They relocated to Pictou County to revitalize a farm that is now known as Small Holdings Farm. You may also recognize Keltie as the Exectutive Director of the Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia.
“This summer was our first season at the New Glasgow Farmers’ Market – in fact, it was our first summer owning our own farm. We truly looked forward to going to market each and every week and we are eagerly awaiting spring, when we’ll have tables of fresh vegetables once again. 20 years from now, when someone asks what our first season at the New Glasgow Farmers’ Market was like, I will smile and think of the day one of our regular customers brought us a jar of their homemade preserves. Thank you to the wonderful customers, vendors and staff that made us feel so welcome.”
Additionally, thanks to community/Market supporters like the Kilted Chef, several of our vendors have had the opportunity to promote their products on the ferry between Caribou and PEI. Vendors such as RoRo’s Hotsauce, Chapel Cove Chocolate, Big Cove Foods and Knotty Acres to name a few, have benefited from the extra exposure for their business and the opportunity to promote all the wonderful local products that come from right here in our own backyard!
So as you can see, you have made a real impact on real people. People have been able to pursue their dreams as a direct result of dollars being spent locally. This is happening all over our province and country. So wherever you are, visit your local Farmers Market and small local businesses. It is an important and necessary step to promoting a healthy, local economy in your community and contributes to the larger overall picture.
We will continue to share success stories with you, because a little great news goes a long way.
See you at the Market!
The New Glasgow Farmers Market will be open om Friday, November 10th from 4pm until 8pm for a special weeknight Market. We will be closed Saturday, November 11th in observance of Remembrance Day.
Below are the remainder of our Christmas/Holiday Market dates for the rest of 2017.
We will re-open for the 2018 Winter Market on January 13th at 9am!
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!