Music at the Market- Pat Spaulding

Pat Spaulding is not your typical East Coast acoustic musician, calling Pictou County his home, he writes most of his songs about life in the county. Over the last few years his passionate performances of his original material have been captivating many crowds at venues all across the province. Pat has appeared at the Pictou Lobster Carnival, has also been featured on East Coast rocks with Bo Presley and recently performed in the sold out performances of the Pictou County Pop Classics 60’s show.

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We are lucky to have Pat join us at the New Glasgow Farmers Market on a regular basis. Pat loves playing with us as much as we love having him.   He says, “From the vendors and the patrons of the market  to all the wonderful smells and all the great local products, people are genuinely happy when they enter the market and I get to be a part of that.” If you haven’t has a chance to listen, grab a snack, pull up a chair and enjoy the music.

Find him at the Market next on July 1st at the Market’s Canada 150 Bash beginning at 9 am!

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Pat Spaulding is an artist you don’t want to miss out on.

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Christmas is Coming!

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That time of year is coming up again…the Holidays (as if you hadn’t noticed)! It’s a very busy time of the year with lots of hustle and sometimes too much bustle!  We have lots of things happening at the Market to help make this time a little easier for you!

Here’s what you need to know!

First and most important, when are we open??

  • We are open EVERY Saturday until December 17th, 9am until 1pm (we will re-open on January 14th, 2017)
  • For the first time EVER, we have added a weeknight Market. This Market will take place on Wednesday December 7th from 4 pm to 8pm
    • more than 50 local prepared food vendors and local artisans
    • there will be lots of hot, prepared foods, so come straight after work have a bite to eat or shop and then take some food home and save your the trouble of making dinner!
    • Santa will make an appearance from 6:30-7:30pm and Alley Cats Studios will be on hand so you can get photos taken too!
    • Gift wrapping service available and don’t forget to take advantage of our Help Your Elf Program, details below.
  • Christmas Markets, December 10 & 17th same hours but Santa and Alley Cats will be with us too from 11:30am until 12:30pm
    • Gift Wrapping available and December 10th is the last chance to Help Your Elf

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Special Holiday Programs

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From now until December 17th, we are offering a gift wrapping service with help from Market elf Rhonda!

Bring your gifts to Rhonda and she will wrap them for you. Wrap it as is, or choose a beautiful gift basket or re-usable tote bag. Choose from beautiful embellishments such as chalkboard tags, bows, ribbons and more!  No matter which holiday you celebrate or even a birthday, we have wrapped up!  This is a fundraising initiative for the market, proceeds go to upcoming projects!

Let us take another thing off your plate and make your holiday easier!

Gift Basket

We took something off your plate, let us put something ON your plate! We have a  beautiful gift basket up for raffle. This basket was designed to give you everything you need for your holiday dinner. It includes a free range turkey from Little Dorset Farm, $30 in produce from Lakenman’s Farm, organic cheese from Knoydart Farm, craft beer from Uncle Leo’s Brewery, wine from Petite Riviere Vineyards and Sainte Famille Winery, candles from MacD’s Bees, art, soap, cranberry sauce, spice to cook your turkey with from Big Cove Foods and Mister Products, beautifully handmade chocolates from Chapel Cove Chocolate and the list goes on and on and on and….well you get the point!

Tickets are on sale until December 10th and we will hole the draw at the end of Market on that day. The lucky winner will pick up their turkey, produce, cheese and all the fixin’s on December 17th!  Tickets are only $2 each or 3 for $5

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Help Your Elf!

Don’t want to risk getting a vaccuum, another neck tie or ice cube tray? Let us increase your odds of getting something beautiful and unique!

Introducing our new Help Your Elf program…Print this form take it to the market. When you find something you love, write it down and describe the item the best you can, fill out which vendor you found it at, then return the form to the Welcome table (located next to the ATM and we will e-mail your elf to tell them where and when to find it! You get just the thing your looking for and your elf is happy because you are happy AND you have a  supported a local vendor and their family too! A win-win-win situation!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT AND HELP YOUR ELF!! 

Gift Guide

Coming soon will be our 2nd annual Market Gift Idea Guide…whether it’s for her, him, everyone, stockings/hostess gifts or more…we will be able to give you some ideas so you can find just the right thing! Keep an eye out here the last week of November!

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Gift Certificates & Swag ngfm gift certificate

As always, we have Market gift certificates. they come in $10 denominations so the lucky recipient can shop around the market and get just the right thing!

We also have t-shirts, aprons, onesies and tote bags! Available at the Gift Wrapping centre…see Rhonda for availability and pricing.

 

 

We want you to shop local and we’re making it easy for you! It’s not how much you spend, but how you spend makes a big difference!

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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 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

 

Vendor Spotlight- Quilted Chaos, Charlotte MacCuish

Meet Charlotte MacCuish!

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Charlotte MacCuish

Charlotte has been sewing and playing with fabric since childhood – watching her mother sew and making Barbie clothes from scraps got her started over 30 years ago!

She has gone from making clothes to completing Dalhousie University’s Costume Studies programme to quilting and even running industrial embroidery machines!  While she has another full-time job, sewing and fabric remain her true passion!

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About four years ago, Charlotte started Quilted Chaos – the outlet for her fabric and sewing obsessions!  It’s allowed her to explore new projects and techniques like her baskets made from fabric wrapped cord.

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“Sharing my love for fabric, colour and craft at Market is a highlight of my week!”

“Why do I like coming to be market?
The people!  Friendly & welcoming!
The food!  Fresh, local and delicious.
And the support we get from the community – makes getting up early so worth it!”

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Vendor Spotlight- Wonderland Photography

Meet Heather MacDonald.
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Heather  has always had an interest in photography. She started Wonderland Photography when she graduated from the photography program at Holland College in PEI.  For the past 6 or 7 years she has been concentrating on photographing Pictou County, especially older buildings and landmarks that are being destroyed or abandoned. She thinks it is important to preserve our local history.
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Heather has been with the market for a number of years and still enjoys being a vendor at the New Glasgow Farmers Market every week. She says “It’s a great place to share my work with public and to meet new people who have a shared interest in photography.”
Be sure to stop by and take time to look at Heather’s prints. Any of them would make a lovely addition to your how or a special gift. You can also find Heather on Facebook as well.
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