This Saturday June 3rd, we have some very special guests…a Highland dance group!
The highland dancers are dancers at the Holly MacDonald Bent School of Dance. A group of the premier dancers are preparing to dance at ScotDance Canada Championship Series in PEI in July. They will be taking part in the small group choreography challenge, as well as other competitions including the Canadian Championship. The theme of the choreography is Canada 150, and their dance will represent the joining of the original four provinces coming together to form Canada.
At the Market, they will be performing a variety of dances including the Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Sean Tribuhas as well as the national dances.
Farmers Markets are so unique, shopping at them is an experience unlike any other. Not only are they unique from other places you shop, but they also vary greatly from each other. Farmers Markets are made up of locally raised foods and hand crafted items unique to the geographic areas they are in. You will find items that reflect the local culture and spirit of the surrounding communities. Farmers Markets offer face to face interaction, lowers the carbon footprint and there’s a direct and transparent supply chain. These are just a couple of the reasons among many that illustrates why people shop at Farmers Markets. While you can certainly just go to the Market, there are ways that you can ensure you get the most out of your Market experience.
As someone who organizes the Market each week, it’s easy for us on the Market side to just assume that you know all these intricacies but alas, you know what they say about assuming! That being said I thought it might be handy to give you a bit of an inside look at how things work and that might help you get the very best out of your Market trips. I’m going to call it Market Shopping 101…I hope you find these things useful.
Make a list of all the things you really need at the Market and the things you want to check out a little closer. Once at the Market, you will want to take your time to look around and see everything there is to see, but you don’t want to forget what you came for. Nothing is more frustrating than getting home to find out you forgot your lettuce.
The best way to plan ahead is to know who is coming to Market. Each week we post a poster that lists all the causal vendors that come to the Market for the coming Saturday. These are the ones who aren’t with us every week and we do it so that you know who is new and you can see if this is the week that a certain vendor is with us. You will also find that starting on about Wednesday and Thursday, we really start posting all the interesting items you will find on Saturday to social media. Pay attention to these posts and then if you see anything that catches your eye, write it on the “Check it Out” section of your list. If you aren’t seeing these posts in your social media feed, make a point of going to our page to take a look for yourself…Facebook only shows you so much.
**keep in mind that the Market is home to more than 70 individual business owners, so there may be last minute changes. That may mean we weren’t able to advertise a vendor due to a last minute addition or they aren’t at Market as advertised to to an unexpected absence.
2. COME PREPARED
Bring your reusable bags and try to bring some smaller bills and change with you. Keep in mind that while vendors are advised to keep a supply of change on hand, when they get several $20 bills in a row, especially on small items first thing in the morning, it makes it very difficult for them to make change. It might seem like a little thing but they will be very grateful for your thoughtfulness.
If you are coming for awhile or maybe going somewhere else after the Market, bring a cooler with you to store your meat and veggies. This will save you the disappointment of spoilage due to a hot car later on.
3. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WELCOME TABLE
Not the most imaginative name, but we are welcoming, so that’s a thing. Have a question or need some general information? We are here to help. We do move the table from time to time due to space availability, but we are always there. We can answer questions, help you if you’re looking for a certain item or vendor and we have 50/50 tickets for sale as well as Market swag. If you need help with something out to your car, one of our volunteers can help!
4. GO AHEAD, MAKE IT A DAY
We work hard at making the Market a place you want to be and hang out at on a Saturday morning and we hope that you make it part of your weekly routine. We know that you likely have other things to do, but if you can possibly swing it, set the time aside and make a point to spend time at the Market and really look around. Have a bite to eat…come for breakfast and stay for lunch and shop in between. We’re not rushing you, we want you to spend time with us!
As an organizer we sometimes have to move vendors around so you may find that your vendor isn’t always in the same spot. This is usually out of organizational necessity or requirement, but it also keeps you looking and you might find something new that you haven’t seen before.
The great thing about small producers and artisans is that they have the flexibility to change items, so really look at their tables and see what’s new. Don’t be afraid to stop, they’re happy to see you!
We have lots of local music at the Market. They come to play for you out of passion for what they do and out of their appreciation for the Market. They will have an open case, show them your appreciation!
Make two full laps around the Market. On your first pass, stop and look at everything, remember that list? Use it to write things down and remember where you found them. On your second pass, go back to those things and purchase them!
Stop and talk to your friends and neighbors and make it a social day out, just be sure that your conversation isn’t blocking other patrons from reaching a vendors table. It makes it hard for vendors to earn their livelihood if customers can’t get to them!
5. ENGAGE! ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW
Vendors are at the Market because they are passionate about what they do and you as a consumer have the unique opportunity to talk to the very person that grew, made or baked the item you are considering purchasing. Find out about their processes, more about their farm, what makes them tick. Your farmers and artisans are proud of what they have produced and they would love to share it with you. Don’t be afraid to take an interest!
6. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE
Try something new. Every time. Pick up at least one new thing every time you come to the Market. We have so many interesting items. And if you’re not sure what to do with them, ask your producer. They are usually armed with tried and true recipes and new uses for those awesome things.
7. BUY IN SEASON
Remember, everything is locally grown. If you are looking for fresh picked strawberries in December, you are going to be disappointed. Know what’s in season and when it’s coming up. We have info about that at the Welcome table we mentioned above.
At the same time, when something is in season, buy lots of it and preserve it by freezing, canning etc. That way, you can still have local strawberries in December.
8. DON’T SEE IT? ASK ABOUT IT.
When you are shopping with a vendor and you see an item that isn’t exactly the colour or size you wanted or they don’t have the item you were looking for, ask! Yes, you can do that! Some vendors may be willing or able to custom make an item for you or may have one in stock at home that they just didn’t bring with them. Remember, it never hurts to ask!
9. SHARE WITH US
Show or tell vendors how you are using their products. It will make them feel great and perhaps even give them a new idea on how to utilize their product.
Share your market finds with us. Post your photos to our facebook page or share on Instagram @ngfarmmarket with the hashtag #myngfmfinds We may share it but it shows others how clever you are with your Market finds. We also love recipes using our vendors products or seeing how that art piece looks in your home….just sayin’
10. SPREAD THE WORD
Ask friends and neighbours if they have been to the market before. Tell them, show them or feed them the amazing items you found at the Market. Bring your visitors for a unique morning out. Farmers Markets have a large and positive local economic impact in their communities. When you shop with our vendors, your money is going directly to them and their families. When they have to make, bake or grow more, they have to buy more. They register their kids in community programs, shop at other local businesses, all from money earned at the Market. They are spending and re-investing that money in the community.
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!
New Glasgow Farmers Market to Unveil New Community Space for Canada Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Glasgow, NS – The New Glasgow Farmers Market will begin construction on a new garden space set to be completed July 1st in time for Canada Day and Canada150 celebrations.
The project, called “The Giving Garden”, is a multi-faceted project aimed at contributing to Health and Wellness in the community. The Giving Garden is aimed at making a positive contribution to nutrition, mental health and agricultural education in our community.
The area, located behind the year round Market building, will have a deck that patrons can use during Market hours but can also serve as an outdoor classroom where workshops can be held. There will also be a garden space, including a wheelchair accessible area, where fruits and vegetables will be grown. Once in full operation, the bounty will be given back to the community through a yet to be determined process. The space will also allow the possibility to run future programs including but not limited to a program aimed at introducing youth to gardening and growing. There will be a reflection area designed for relaxation and the project will also include recreation by connecting to the Pioneer Trail behind the Market building.
The New Glasgow Farmers Market recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. 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 and the important contribution of the Pictou County Community Health Board to this community project.
New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks says the New Glasgow Farmers Market has become a community gathering place and source of community pride. “We are very proud of the work and continued growth of the New Glasgow Farmers Market and what it as meant for our region. The Giving Garden and all of the new opportunities it will offer is an example of what may be achieved from empowering and engaging the community. The Town recognizes the important role a farmers market plays in supporting local food and sustainable growth. This is another step in increasing programs, activities, products and services that facilitate healthy lifestyle options.
“The Town of New Glasgow is pleased to once again partner with the New Glasgow Farmers Market on this Canada150 Garden Project. The project demonstrates a proactive plan for bringing the local and regional community together while celebrating diversity and inclusion. It’s about bringing community together and this kind of community activity is one of the most powerful tools we have to help build our families and neighbourhoods.” says Geralyn MacDonald, Director of Community Economic Development for the Town of New Glasgow.
The unveiling and ribbon cutting will take place at the New Glasgow Farmers Market on Canada Day, July 1st during the Market’s Canada150 Bash.
The smell of spring is in the air. We dream of warm, lazy summer days on the beach and enjoying all the farm fresh bounty that our fields have to offer. The smell of fresh baked breads, unique creations by our talented artisans and cultural culinary delights that tingle the taste buds are plentiful. Local music, laughter and friendship are always in abundance at the Market. Here, everyone is family.
As you plan your Maritime vacation or staycation, be sure to add the New Glasgow Farmers Market to your trip. It’s the perfect start to any weekend! After your trip to the Market, be sure to visit our surrounding communities on the Northumberland Shore to take advantage of the beauty, talent and experiences our region has to offer.
Our farmers, food producers, artisans and musicians are ready to welcome you!
We had such a fantastic year in 2016 that we want to keep the fun going into 2017! We have a number of events and happenings coming up this season, you won’t want to miss any of them. We’ll wait while you get a pen and your calendar or grab your phone to plug this info in!
Right, now that you are prepared start marking down this info!
May 10 Mother’s Day Market
You asked for more weeknight Markets, so we’ll be holding a total of 3 this year! We are holding a special Market for Mom this year! Bring Mom to the Market on Wednesday May 10th, treat her to a fantastic local meal and let her shop at the Market until her heart’s content! Want it to be a surprise? You can shop from 4pm until 8pm! You will have a final chance to purchase tickets to our ever popular Mother’s Day basket. Ticket are 3 for $5 and go on sale April 8th.
May 20 Let’s Get Growin’
This is is the kick off to the growing season and the start of the peak season at the Market. Many of your favourite vendors are back and we’ll have some new ones too, so come on out and celebrate with the whole family! Always local music, activities for the kids and so much more. A great way to kick off your long weekend!
July 1 Canada 150 Celebration
Canada Day is also Market Day this year…and what better place to celebrate all that Canada stands for than at the Market! Experience Canada’s culinary diversity, entrepreneurial spirit, local culture and more! We’ll have tons of fun planned for this day, including local music, farm animals for the kids and so much more. Stay tuned on all the details we are working on some very special things for this day, but one thing is for sure, you want to mark this on your calendar!
August 19 Dinner by the River
If you loved Market to Main Street, you definitely won’t want to miss this! We have another very special farm to table night planned for our guests.
This year we will be turning the beautiful New Glasgow Riverfront into a sophisticated dining space. Elegant tables will line the riverbanks by the Market, trees will be aglow and guests will dine in the warm summer air. Enjoy an elegant 3 course Farm to Table meal prepared with local foods found at the Market by chef Larry MacGregor from Pantry Kitchen Catering.
Guests will also enjoy another night of amazing local musical talent and this year we’re kicking it up a notch! We’re holding an after party! That’s right, a full night of local music and dancing after dinner, right at the Market! Local craft beer and wine will be on hand, and we might have a couple more surprises up our sleeve, you’ll have to stay tuned.
Each dinner ticket includes an elegant 3 course meal with wine, after party entertainment and a ride home from Chad transit. This year we’ve also added an After Party only option, tickets will include a local music, fun and a ride home with Chad Transit. Cash bar available.
More details to come, tickets will go on sale beginning June 3rd. Watch our page for more event details! Seats are limited.
October 28 All Hallow’s Ball
We’re hosting a costume ball! With help from our partners at Rocklin Parties, the Market will be transformed into a spooktacularly haunting venue. Live (well maybe partially) local music, “finger” foods, local spirits (both of the drinkable and haunting kind) and of course local craft beer. Costumes are a must for entry, there are some great prizes to be won, and no, your hunting outfit doesn’t count! So get started planning and designing your magnificent costumes! Tickets include, music, finger foods, one drink and a ride home with Chad transit. Cash bar available. 9pm until 1am
Tickets $40 and go on sale June 3rd, watch our page for more event details! Limited tickets available!
October 28 Harvest Festival
Our annual celebration of the harvest! A family fun event for the whole family! Keep an eye for more details as we get closer!
November 29 Weeknight Christmas Market
Our first ever weeknight Christmas Market was a hit, so we’re having two! Get an early jump start on the season. Come for dinner and shop until you drop…we’ll be open 4pm until 8pm.
December 13 Weeknight Christmas Market
This is our last weeknight market for the season! be sure to come out and see what’s new as we have lots of different local gifts available throughout the holiday season. Enjoy a meal after work, eat in or take out! Open 4pm until 8pm, this is also the last chance to get in on our Christmas basket for your whole holiday meal! Tickets are 3 for $5 and will be drawn at the end of this night! Basket will be ready for pick up on December 16th
December 16 Christmas at the Market
This is the last Market for 2017. Be sure to come out and get everything you need to get you through the holidays! Open 9am until 1pm!
We celebrated the grand opening of our new, heated building and held our first ever Winter Market! The Town of New Glasgow held their 2nd annual Chill Out event at the Market and we are very happy to be the location of the 2017 Chill Out event again this year on January 14th, 2017!
Because of our new winter home, we were able to provide a marketplace for more than 30+ vendors including farmers, food producers and artisans to sell their wares for the winter and early spring months who would otherwise have not had a local place to sell their goods. This earned them money and of course when you buy, they have to re-stock and that means shopping here at home. We saw record breaking attendance at the opening in January. We continued to welcome roughly 700 shoppers every Saturday through the winter months, great for our first time open in the winter! This gave our community another place to shop for local goods through these months.
We grew into two buildings when we re-opened the dome in late April. Because of this, we were able to increase our vendor capacity by more than 100%, making our Market home to more than 70 vendors through the peak season!
This year we saw our attendance increase by 60% and on occasion, we more than doubled attendance over last year, showing that we had many new visitors joining us throughout the season. That means more people supporting local and putting money into our local economy!
As you may (or may not know) the New Glasgow Farmers Market is an independent non-profit organization. We are run by a board of volunteers and we are a co-operative, meaning that all the vendors are also expected to participate in the successful functioning of the Market, and we have one staff member, the Market Manager. All the money required for operating comes solely from weekly table fees paid by vendors and fundraising. We do also apply for grants as well when possible.
Fundraising includes our gift baskets and weekly 50/50 draw. They also include occasional events that the community can come out and enjoy.
We decided to change our approach with fundraising this year and try some new events. As with all grand plans, some of the ideas were great, others not so much. But it was all worth a shot, you never know until you try!
We held two fabulous main events last year. Our first was our From Market to Main Street event. It was a magnificent farm to table event designed to highlight the integral relationship between urban and rural communities. The event brought the community together in so many ways, more than we ever could have hoped for. That’s what the market is about, great local food and bringing people together!
On August 27, 2016 160 people dined in the middle of Provost Street in historic downtown New Glasgow. They came together for an unprecedented night of fun and friendship. We made the table in one long row on purpose, because people would need to sit near someone new, introducing them to someone they hadn’t met before. They enjoyed local food and music and sipped on local wine and craft beer. And in the end, friendships were made and fun was had by all. It really was a magical evening!
In addition to our amazing contributions from vendors, we had local partners that made it all possible and without them, we could not have pulled it all off. The Town of New Glasgow provided logistical support and approval to use the beautiful and historic Provost St. as the backdrop. Our food partner for this event was local chef Jason Conway from J Conway Catering. We gave him the challenge of preparing a meal from as many locally grown foods sourced from the Market as possible. He kindly donated his time and talents for this event!
We partnered with Glasgow Square Theatre who lined up local talent. Guests listened to the talents of market favourites Heather Cameron , Amelia Parker and Ray Stewart and of course Pat Spaulding! Pictou County Pop Classics brought down the house with a preview of their 70’s show which was a sold out event after their appearance at the Market to Main event.
The decor and consulting that provided the most beautiful and elegant setting was provided by local business Rocklin Parties. All the details, like flowers and hay came from Market vendors and many of the servers were vendors from the Market too!
We had 3 hours to turn a busy and bustling downtown into a beautiful and elegant dining room. Weather was not on our side at the beginning, causing rain delays and maybe a little gray hair for organizers and musicians. A wonderful thing happened when it rained though…guests huddled together under the awnings of local businesses to keep dry. They mingled and got to know people that maybe they hadn’t met before. The rain added to the intricacy of it all. In the end, the night cleared up and the meal was top notch … people were dancing in the streets!
Here are more photos from the event, courtesy of Wonderland Photography and Kimberly Dickson from the Town of New Glasgow, please click on the photo:
The event garnered attention, not only province wide, but we even had Markets from the country contact us asking how they could do it in their communities!
In fact, the night was so amazing, that we are going to do it again! We have a couple of twists up our sleeve and can’t reveal much more just yet, but you should mark August 19, 2017 on your calendar. Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for an announcement on 2017 tickets!
Our other big event for the year was Roktoberfest. Held on September 17th, the goal of this night was to put a focus on our many wonderful distilleries and local music. It was to be a casual and fun environment filled with music and food. We once again partnered with J Conway catering for a simple, yet delicious German inspired meal. Our partner, Rocklin Parties took good care of us too!
The night was a great success! We have a similar evening planned, but again with a twist in store, so for this one, mark October 28th on your calendar… and while we’re keeping it secret, we can tell you it will be a Boo-tiful evening and you’ll have a Monsterous-ly good time!
We also held our first ever weeknight Market in December. More than 2700 people came out and shopped with us! It gave those who may not normally have the opportunity to visit us on a Saturday a chance to come and see what we have to offer. It was so successful, we’ll be holding a couple more in 2017!
All in all, it was a very successful fundraising year for us. We raised more than $15, 000! In addition to operating costs, the more funds we raise, allows us to tackle some of the goals on our wishlist. And when we accomplish those goals and put on events, we strive to use local companies and businesses so the monies raised goes right back into our community. This year as we accomplished our goals and held our events, we also spent more than $20, 000 in our community along the way. That doesn’t even include all the supplies we had to purchase to stock the new building and more!
With some of the funds raised this year, we installed our Market Kitchen which is used on market days by Big Willie’s Brunch, but it is also utilized by some of our food vendors who require the use of an approved kitchen in order to sell at the Market. Without the kitchen, they would be unable to sell with us and offer their amazing food to you. We would like to thank Alain Bosse, the Kilted Chef for consulting with us and helping us with our vision. We purchased flooring materials from McLean’s Flooring, and Lyon’s Brook Piping and Welding, did a fabulous job fabricating our beautiful stainless countertops and Happy Harry’s Pictou County found us just the right cabinets. We purchased our stove from Chediac’s . Of course we cannot forget to thank St. Joseph’s Academy for generously donating the beautiful triple sink and tap in our kitchen! Big thanks goes to Colin from Knotty Acres who constructed, painted and built the kitchen and installed the kitchen floor and tile backsplashes in the Market. Lumber and other materials came from various shops within our county.
We also purchased heaters for the dome and while it definitely was not a tropical destination, they did take the edge off. They enabled us to keep both buildings open, offering you more variety of local goods and more vendors had a holiday Marketplace. We purchased them from Terry and his team at Graybar .
We thank you all for your support and we have some fabulous things happening at Market in 2017! We have a special project or two that we will get to cross off our wish list that will better our community. And of course we will have some more great events that you will not want to miss. Stay tuned and keep in the know, you will not want to miss it!
We look forward to starting our 2017 season with you on January 14 at 9am!
We are continuing to be Local, Fresh and Flourishing!