We have so many talented artisans in our part of the country. No matter where you travel around Atlantic Canada, there is always something that makes every place uniquely and beautifully its own. Besides our amazing people, it’s part of our charm.
This summer, we want to celebrate our inspiring artisans and of course, no celebration is complete without food and music. Atlantic Arts & Appetites will bring the very best of those together during a special weeknight showcase.
Visitors and locals will discover inspiring Maritime Artisans, enjoy the smells and tastes of delicious foods and listen to talented local musicians combined to make a perfect local mid-summer night experience.
There are only 3 dates, Wednesday June 26, July 17 and August 21, from 4 until 8pm.
If you are interested in becoming a featured exhibitor, you can apply online HERE. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We normally do our year in review in January. You know, when people are supposed to do them. However, maybe that’s a new resolution for next year!
We wanted to let you know what we’ve been up to and what our plans are for the upcoming year.
We began the year with Chill Out, getting ready for the Winter Carnival season. Spring was a challenge for many of our farmers. We had a super late killing frost in June and crops across the province were lost. Some numbers say that up to 80% of provincial wild blueberry crops were lost. Many other crops were damaged and the growing season cut short. For the consumer, that meant a little less variety and shortened supply. We had hoped that we might be fortunate enough for a longer, warmer season at the end of the year, but unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t see it it that way and before we knew it, winter made its appearance again.
Raise the Barn
We announced our plans to Raise the Barn. We are are still working on getting a ballpark on costs which is why you haven’t heard a whole lot more on this yet. As this is a non-traditional build and we are building on the existing dome foot print, there are costs associated with taking down and re-installing electrical and plumbing, dismantling the dome etc. Once we have those costs, we can start looking for grants and kick fundraising into high gear. Vendors have donated/raised over $1200 themselves already!
healthy living program
Thanks to the Aberdeen Health Foundation, we were able to complete one of our goals of making local more accessible in our community. With help from our friends and partners over at Kids First, ten families were given $100 per month to spend at the Market for seven months. The program just wrapped up in January and we are pleased to say that it was very successful. Look for our final report on that coming soon. It is our goal to be able to run the program again this year and we are working hard behind the scenes to expand it.
THe Giving garden
The Giving Garden has morphed into an educations space. We were able to have some local camps come by as well as a youth group from the YMCA. We were able to talk about how food is grown and have an open conversation around food, the importance of the local food chain and more. They were all great kids and we are always so happy to see how engaged and interested they are in their food and where it comes from and happy to help them re-frame how they think about food.
school and Community engagement
One of the things we love the most is engaging with our youth and community. We have spoken at several local schools of varying ages. We have covered topics such as why local is important, where we fit in out food supply system, agriculture, entrepreneurship and more. We love engaging wherever we can and are always open to attending events and speaking about how the Market works and the importance supporting local has to our local economy with real life examples. If you would like us to get involved on a specific topic for your school, group or event, you are more than welcome to contact us at email@example.com .
Friends of the Market
We had some great friends join us this past year. We welcomed yoga at the Market, a reading by Author Sarah Butland and our friends from the New Glasgow Library held a very special pop-up library where guests could even pick up their own card! The YMCA visited us often and brought Y on the Move to host activities for the kids and highlight their upcoming programs. We are very thankful to have had these activities at the Market. We look forward to hosting some more unique workshops. If you are with an organization and would like to join us with an activity, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Events are vital to our sustainability. In addition to table fees, fundraising is part of our operational revenue. It also allows us to contribute to programs like the Healthy Living Program and maintain the Giving Garden. We like to try new and different things and of course, we like to have fun!
In 2018, we hosted a Luau, the All Hallow’s Ball for Halloween and ended the season with our first event Winter Wonderland Gala. Everything was farm to table with as much as possible purchased from our farmers and food vendors and each event was highlighted with some of our amazing local musicians.
Our events compliment our other fundraising initiatives like our monthly 50/50 draws, and our annual Mother’s Day and Christmas baskets.
Keep an eye out for our 2019 events, coming soon!
As we mentioned earlier, our fundraising helps us to make improvements to the Market. These are funded solely with Market funds and sometimes grants. Past improvements have included new appliances, upgrades to fixtures, the Market kitchen and more. There are always little ones that happen throughout the year that you may not notice, but we have two notable ones for 2018.
This year, one of the big things was our brand new heaters. We’d like to extend our sincere thanks the Municipality of Pictou County for contributing $2500 towards these heaters. The remaining $12,000+ was fully paid for by the Market with funds that have been raised and saved over the last years. These heaters are a bit of a game changer for us. Not only did it make the shoulder season in November-December much more pleasant for shoppers and vendors, it means for the first time ever, we will be opening the dome early, beginning March 2nd this year! We have vendors waiting in the wings to join us and we cannot accommodate them because we can’t house them all in the Market building.
Even better, the heaters can be re-used in the barn and then we will have two year round buildings so we don’t have to turn would-be vendors away.
Another improvement we’ve made that is noticeable from all aspects is the addition of a comprehensive software designed specifically for Farmers Markets. This program is being used all across North America and we were one of the the first (if not, the first) Market in Nova Scotia to use this program.
This system allows vendors to apply online, provides for more effective organization and planning and streamlines the application process for users. From a customer viewpoint, you are able to see a real time listing of 2019 vendors and even a Market Map to give you an idea of who is where at the Market on a given Saturday. You can also find vendor profiles and contact information along with their dates of scheduled attendance.
Our partners at MarketWurks and their team of stellar software engineers are always working on making changes and adding improvements to make it a better experience for markets, vendors and patrons.
What’s happening in 2019?
atlantic arts & appetites
We are pleased to introduce a new mini-series of weeknight Markets focused on Artisans and Food called Atlantic Arts & Appetites. This is aimed at giving residents and visitors to the area snapshot of local products and music. In addition to local vendors, we are opening this up to anyone across the Maritimes for these special Markets. These market will take place from 4-8pm and are currently set for June 26, July 17 and August 21. Watch for more information. If you are interested in becoming a vendor for this series, you can apply online, just pick the Atlantic Arts & Appetites dates: APPLY HERE
If you are attending only these dates, your sign-up fee is waived
Events & Fundraising
This year we will have our annual Mother’s Day Basket and Christmas Basket as well as our monthly 50/50.
We will have 2 events this year. We will have a summer Farm to Table event, details are still to be confirmed. We are also happy to announce that our Winter Wonderland Gala returns with the Kilted Chef on December 7th, 2019. We’ll keep you posted!
We have often been asked if we would do a Christmas/holiday dinner where guests could wear their finest formal wear and we decided this year would be a great time to do just that!
On December 1st, the Market building will be turned into a magical Winter Wonderland, so beautiful and elegant, you won’t even know it was the same place you shopped at just a few hours earlier!
As part of the Winter Wonderland experience, guests will be treated to an elegant, three course farm to table meal created with ingredients sourced from our very own vendors. Your meal will be paired with a choice of fine red or white wine from Market vendor Sainte Famille Wines.
Following the dinner, you can dance the night away with Pictou County’s own Rabbit Town Blues band. Swing and blues music will keep you dancing into the wee hours of the evening.
We’re also doing our part to make sure all of our guests get home safely with CHAD Transit. They will take you anywhere in Pictou County, it’s all a part of your ticket.
All of this and at the same time you are helping us to Raise the Barn and expand our ability to accommodate all of our vendors year round and make the Market an extra special gathering place!
Tickets are $85 person and the quantity of tickets is very limited. As such, tickets will go on sale online only at 9am Thursday, November 1st. Any remaining tickets will then be available at the Market on November 3rd.
You can purchase your tickets by clicking the button below. We suggest bookmarking it for Thursday morning.
We can accommodate most dietary restrictions, however all requests must be made in advance by November 24th (this includes any vegetarian meals)
We look forward to being your hosts for this very special event!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Our volunteers are the unsung heroes. Often in the background so you don’t see them, but you see and experience what they do. There is never enough recognition for the amount of work they do.
We have a number of volunteers who are not even vendors. They are local-loving community members that come out every week because of their love of the Market, all things local and their community. They run the welcome table, carry things in for vendors, sell 50/50 tickets, assist me every Saturday (and beyond) and just generally help out and make it all happen. They help to make our fundraising events a success, they help set up and tear down in rain and snow. They have helped to run programs and even act as babysitter once in a while for our vendors so they can give you better service! Many of these things are not expected, our volunteers are just the most amazing, super-kindhearted, giving people that care. Did you know that many of our volunteers have been with us every Saturday for 3 and 4 years now, helping to grow the Market right along with the rest of us?!
In addition to community members, we have some vendors that go above and beyond their required volunteer duties to help make sure the little things get done and help with the big things so we can do more big things.
The other unsung volunteers of the Market is our Board of Directors. They are not paid, but volunteer their time making sure the nitty gritty of the Market operates.
So a big thank you to:
Sarah (President, Le Soap), Dave (Vice President, Big Cove Foods), Vandana (Treasurer, Shree Curry Place), Cathy (Secretary, Bramble Hill Farm), Conny (Member at Large, Natural Edge), Colin (Fundraising Co-ordinator, Knotty Acres)
And yes, these are some throw back photos…apparently we need some updates! So enjoy the unintentional #TBT
As a non-profit organization, we could not accomplish half of the things we do without our volunteers. They help the Market to operate seamlessly and in fact, they will be helping out this weekend so we can also have a presence at Saltscapes. A few of our volunteers are pictured here, but we have many volunteers that have helped us over the years and a few camera shy ones that elude our camera (on purpose).
Not to mention, they are super fun and energetic and make the rest of us wear hats and costumes! Christopher is a good sport and let’s his photo be taken for these events! We don;t have many others in the archives for this reason!
So to all of our volunteers that contribute, THANK YOU! We appreciate you!
And as a customer, please do us a favour, if you happen to see see a volunteer this Saturday (or any Saturday), please be sure to go out of your way to stop and tell them thank you!
From the early age of 3, Josiah Pratt set off on his musical career. Natural ability will only take a talented artist so far, but a strong will and determination has helped push this young man forward and continues to drive his development and success.
Playing a range of music from classic favourites like the Beatles right through to today’s artists like Ed Sheeran, Josiah’s acoustic style has something for everyone!
We look forward to welcoming Josiah and having him perform for us at the Market a few times this season!
It’s spring and one of the first signs of the season is when we open the Dome, our seasonal 2nd building!
Your vendors start gradually returning to the Market over the next month leading to our Peak season kick off on May 19th! Be sure to visit vendors in both buildings and be sure to look over the next months as vendors will shift locations as more return!
So now you’re thinking to yourself, “Well that’s great and I love scavenger hunts and all, but I would just really like to know…where’s my vendor?!”
Well, while we don’t have an app for that, we sure do have a spiffy new tool for you! We have invested in a software program designed specifically for Farmers Markets. We are the first Farmers Market in Nova Scotia to get this up and going, so we’re pretty excited! Our friends over at MarketWurks (thanks, Chris and team!) have been working hard to get this up and running and we’re finally at the point we can tell you about it!
Now when you go to our website, you can click on Who’s at the Market. There, you will find two options, one option is Market Maps, and the other is a complete listing of currently approved 2018 Vendors.
But wait, there’s more!!
We have a new YouTube Channel! Be sure to subscribe and there. We will be uploading our popular Facebook Live videos there and we have some exciting uses for the channel coming up this season too!
And we’ve done a video showing you how the new map and vendor features work. It’s my first video so be a kinder and gentler viewer. I promise to pick up my game, but hopefully it will shed light on the new feature!
Here’s the video:
And there’s still more!!
Did you know we have a newsletter too? Yup, that’s right! Stay in the know and keep up to date with the Market and all the happenings!
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This has been on our wish list for a little while and we are super happy to have been surprised with these blackboards, with many thanks to the Town of New Glasgow! These blackboards lived a life in classrooms and were reclaimed from a school. They’re now upcycled and will live on at the Market…to have fun and yes, even educate in a small way! We are really happy to re-purpose!
We have three of them throughout the Market and a re-claimed white board now located in the dome. One will have Market Messages where you can see what’s coming up at the Market and very soon, we will have a question, activity, fun fact or thought of the week, and you’ll get to leave yours too! Another fun way to participate, learn, connect and engage with your community at the Market!
Oh and did you catch the message on the blackboard this week?