It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane – Nope, it’s a Super Volunteer!

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It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

 
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.
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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?!
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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.
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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)
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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!  
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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!
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Music at the Market- Regan Keay

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

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

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Music At The Market- Glen Jackson

As we begin our new season, it’s time to bring back our Music at the Market segment!

We are very fortunate to have a very large pool of talented local musicians in our County…and beyond! They come to the Market each week and provide you with live, local music while you eat, shop and visit with your friends and neighbours. They are a very important part of the whole Market experience and a large part of what makes the Market so special and unique.

Every time we welcome a new musician or group to play for us, we like to introduce you to them. Our buskers are not paid, but they come to the Market for the joy of sharing their music and artistry with you. They play open case and often have their music available for purchase, so please don’t be shy to show your appreciation for them.

Now that we have expanded, we are very happy to be able to showcase two fantastic musicians every week!

This week, May 28, 2016 we are happy to have Glen Jackson playing with us.

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Glen Jackson is a singer/songwriter from Pictou, NS.

 Although it had always been within him, it was only when Glen moved to Pictou, Nova Scotia in 2004 that he found his home and true passion in music.  Over the past six years he has been writing and performing including his original material and entertaining crowds near home.

 In April of this year he released Revisionist History, which his debut EP comprised of four songs he wrote and recorded over the course of 2014-15.  You can find Revisionist History on iTunes, cdbaby.com, Spotify, Google Play and more!

Two of the songs found on Revisionist History were entered into CBC’s Searchlight contest in past years, Nothing’s Harder Than Goodbye and Fall.

Grab a bite to eat or a drink and then sit and enjoy the entertainment!  It’s all part of your Saturday morning destination.

 

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Market Events 2016

We’re putting the FUN in Fundraising!

As a non-profit organization, the New Glasgow Farmers Market relies solely on table fees, membership fees, grants and funds raised to operate. Operating year round also means expenses now carry on accordingly. We also have some set up fees related to having two buildings…such as having to buy all new tables to fill the expanded space, we have a new kitchen to supply and will need new tents and more! Up until this past year, our main goal was to be year round and to have a heated facility and now that we achieved that goal, we can focus on our many new dreams and goals. Some of these are included on the site plans which have been posted but also a community garden, youth programs and so many more wonderful ideas….like anything else though it takes money to go along with all the vision and hard work.

All of this being said, we have come up with several unique experiences, all of which will help us raise funds that will not only benefit the Market, but will ultimately help us bring more positive change to our community.

Here is a list of what you can expect to see and participate in this year. We hope that not only will you share these events but that you attend them and if you have any visitors coming this summer, be sure to bring them as they will offer a true reflection of everything that is unique to our area and Nova Scotia in general. We are all about local and it’s a flavour you can’t get anywhere else!

This year, we’ve also made it easier for you and your guests from away to attend. The tickets for all of these events will be available to purchase online, not to worry though, you can still pick them up at the Market too! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, find the events and check back here often to find out when tickets go on sale!

 

AUGUST 27        FROM MARKET TO MAIN STREET

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You don’t want to miss this one! A very special event,  in fact the first of its kind in the country as far as we can tell!

Join us for a unique farm to table dining experience located in the heart of downtown New Glasgow, Nova Scotia!

Picture a warm summer’s night, a light breeze and the smell of fresh flowers in the air. Music glides down the street as friends and neighbours come together over an elegant meal made of fresh, local foods and fine wine produced by some of the finest producers in the area.

On this night, tables will line Provost Street, a main street of New Glasgow and guests will enjoy a cocktail/tapas hour, followed by a three course meal, connecting the farmer and food producer with their community in the most literal sense. Chef Jason Conway of J Conway Catering, will create a menu consisting of ingredients sourced from local producers and vendors found at the New Glasgow Farmers Market. Entertainment will be provided by just some of the talented musicians in our area and will be announced soon.

Tickets are only $55 per person for this unique experience, vegetarian options are available.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE NOW!   

This is a fundraising initiative and proceeds will go towards future projects and programs at the Market.

We would like to thank our partners, the Town of New Glasgow, J Conway Catering, Glasgow SquarePetite Riviere Winery and Rocklin Parties for making this event possible.

Join the Facebook event to stay updated!

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         SEPTEMBER 17       OKTOBERFEST- MARKET STYLE

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Come out and enjoy a mouth-watering meal that pays homage to the German tradition of Oktoberfest. But in true market style, it’s all about local too! Your meal will consist of items found at the Market and will be fully catered by chef Jason Conway of J Conway Catering. You will be able to enjoy local spirits and ales while listening to the some of the best musical talents that our area has to offer.

Mainstage will be Next Exit, Leah & Kyle and Mike and the MacPhersons.

Stay tuned for more information!

NOVEMBER 17      HOLIDAY DINNER

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Celebrate a fantastic year and take a moment to relax before the holiday season ramps up and enjoy a gourmet meal with local market ingredients! Meal catered by J Conway Catering.   Live music and great food, more details to come soon!

 

Warm Welcome to the Winter Market

Inside the grand opening of the New Glasgow Farmers Market January 9th, 2016 Photo credit: the Pictou Advocate

 

This past Saturday, January 9th, marked the Grand Opening of our new building! This facility is the culmination of the dreams and hard work of so many who started the market years ago. Our Farmers Market is beginning its 8th year and it has come a long way. Because of that vision and hard work, many producers, artisans, musicians and so much more will now be able to benefit with a year round place to showcase all the incredible products and talent this amazing community has to offer.

It takes a village and a community to raise a market….the New Glasgow Farmers Market has some valuable partners that got us to this point. The Town of New Glasgow, the Municipality of the County of Pictou and ACOA together with the Market all contributed to help fund and worked with us to make this vision turn into a reality.  Then there was Higgins Construction and all the workers associated with the project who worked very hard to make it all happen before the snow flew so that we could make a smooth transition and help the vendors make the most of the very important holiday season.  And of course our vendors and board who have donated and supported in an effort to get us to this point. We are the New Glasgow Farmers Market Cooperative…and this really has been a cooperative effort by everyone in every way. This Market is not about one person or one business, it is about everyone and it is for everyone.

What It Really Means

That’s great, but what’s the big deal? Good question, this facility brings with it so much potential.

It means the Market can now operate year round, offering a place for local producers & artisans to sell their wares all year round which means more income for those who rely, or would like to rely on their trade for a living.

It means our community has a place to always find amazing local products under one roof, all year round.  While of course in our climate, produce and vegetation can be a challenge in the winter, having a year round facility provides an opening for those who might have a love of gardening or small scale farming to fill a niche.

It means that we can now pursue the possibility of running a variety of programs that will benefit many. We will be able to start a kids corner so that kids have something to do while with their parents when they come to the Market. We haven’t had room for that before.

It means expanded space during our peak summer season. The extra space means we will be able to offer indoor and outdoor seating for our shoppers. It means we will be able to accept even more vendors to our market, effectively doubling our capacity. This means more variety of goods for customers and business opportunity for vendors. The additional space also means that we will be able to welcome more local, musical talent. We will now be able to have more than one busker every Saturday, providing exposure for local musicians and a great place to showcase local musical talent.

It means a positive impact on local commerce.  When you buy from a vendor at the Market, your dollars go directly to a family. That vendor then has to make more items meaning they must purchase supplies to replenish their inventory, often at local businesses creating a ripple effect. Not to mention it gives a vendor more money in their pocket to spend in the community…your dollars stay here.

It means a greater contribution to food security on both a personal and community level. We give a place for producers to sell their food directly to you. It lowers the carbon footprint and the time/distance from farm to table is negligible with much of the produce being picked the morning or day before market. By providing a marketplace for local producers, it means you have greater access to local food and a market for the farmer to sell at. We welcome farmers/gardeners of all sizes and any time of year.

It means that we are able to provide a hub for the community to gather on Saturday mornings. Beginning January 16th, you will be able to buy a snack and coffee and sit and enjoy local music. There will be a space for you to sit inside or out. Talk to the vendors, meet your friends and neighbours. If you have children, there is a music class beginning on the January 16th that they can participate in for a half an hour every Saturday morning.

The sky really is the limit…we are excited for the possibilities and hope that you stay tuned!

Below are some links about the Grand Opening…if you weren’t able to make it out, then be sure to drop by this Saturday and make it part of your weekend routine! We are open for the Winter Market on Saturdays from 10am until 1pm

We really are Local, Fresh and Flourishing!

Mayor Barrie MacMillan (centre), Warden Ron Baillie, and Melissa Zimmerman, President of the New Glasgow Farmers Market cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the new year-round Farmers Market building in downtown New Glasgow.  -photo courtesy of the Town of New Glasgow

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Calling All Producers

As you may know by now, the New Glasgow Farmers Market will become a year round venue beginning January 9th, 2016. This date marks the grand opening of our Winter Market and we will expand into a summer market beginning in late May 2016. Up to now, we have accommodated more than 40 vendors but with our new venue, in the summer we can almost double this number.

The Farmers Market is an amazing platform for farms and small business alike. You are contributing to the community and making a positive impact on the local economy. It’s a great way to get additional produce from farm to table with little waste, lowering the carbon footprint and it is a fantastic venue for a small business to test the market for new products.  By bringing your produce and products to the market, you are accessing a clientele of over 1000 people every week that appreciate fresh, farm raised food and locally made products and the work that goes into them.

We have have seen a major increase of interest in recent years and as such we have experienced waiting lists….but now with our expansion we are able to accommodate many new producers and vendors at the Market which will help us to achieve one of our goals which is to give our customers the ultimate shopping experience. Not to mention this is now a year round business opportunity!

This is where you come in!

We are currently looking for producers who would like to bring their products to market. You do not need to be a large registered farm to come to the Market. You could be a smaller backyard farm or avid gardener with excess produce & plants, if you have greens and veggies that you grow over winter, we definitely want you!

Here’s what we are looking for in the upcoming year:

  • Produce: all veggies & herbs, mushrooms and greens especially fruits of any kind
  • Prepared foods- food items for customers to enjoy at the market or take home with them, cheeses, european breads and gluten free items and more!
  • Ethnic foods
  • Smoothies/juice bar

And of course, we always welcome new local artisans as well.  We encourage you to attend every week but you can attend on a casual basis as well coming every couple of weeks or maybe once per month or if you are a producer of a specialty produce item, you can come when your products are in season.

So if you or someone you know fits the bill, please fill out or pass on the application  or contact us at ngfarmmarket@gmail.com for more information.

 

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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 4- Stocking Stuffers

Part 4 of our Gift Guide series brings us to ak the ever puzzling question, what about the stockings??? This is one of the trickier things…there is a limit to how much underwear one can fit into a sock. So find something that is the total package…beautiful, practical, unique and budget friendly. These little gifts can still be local and not break the bank. And you can always combine them in a basket to make a beautiful main gift. There really is something for everyone at the New Glasgow Farmers Market.

I will say again, at risk of sound like a broken record,  that there is so much more that is not shown here and we have new vendors every week….so the best method of operation is come out every week!

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Pawsitively Yummy Dog Treats- You can’t forget Fido’s stocking!! Be sure to pick up some doggie treats…handmade and tasty….they’ll thank you for it!
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The Natural Edge- Forget the drug store this season, these natural persnal care products are just the right things! Conny has all the info you need and can make some great suggestions for just the right stocking stuffers!
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Big Cove Foods- Sugar and Spice and everything nice….that’s what great stockings are made of! from caramels to spice blends and more…check out what Big Cove has to offer! Lots of great ideas!
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MacD’s Bees- unpasteurized honey…Honey gives multiple health benefits in addition to making everything just abit sweeter! You can never be too sweet!
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Chapel Cove Chocolate- Have someone on the Naughty list? See?! We have something for them too! Chapel Cove has them covered, give them the tastiest lumps of coal around!
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Chapel Cove Chocolate- Reindeer and Christmas trees are just the right fit…put them in a stocking or add one to the top of a package for a real festive touch. Pick up a few different kinds and make a basket for the chocolate lover in your life! They will thank you, trust us!
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Chapel Cove Chocolate- Chocolate bark…fits great in a stocking, but also makes a very special hostess gift…pair it with a bottle of wine and you’ll be sure to get a return invite!
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MacD’s Bees- Toiletries, lotions, deodorant and more, all made with honey! The perfect local stocking stuffer!
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MacD’s Bees- Honey roasted pretzels and other goodies! The trick is not eating them all yourself first….scratch that you better just buy 2!
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MacD’s Bee’s- Lip Balm made with honey, comes in several flavours
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MacD’s Bees- Flavour Shots, handy little pouches of pure, flavoured honey. Perfect stocking stuffer, they can be used in tea, hot chocolate or coffee…also great for diabetics when needed. Great for on the go!
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Mister Products- Ray has a variety of Sea salts, BBq sauces, Mustards and dressings…these fit great in a stocking or buy several and make it a basket! pair it with Market gift Certificate so your recipient can come pick out their other ingredients!
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The Natural Edge- beautiful soaps handmade by Conny! she has has scented salts perfect for the bath…everything you need for a pampering gift!
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Art by Dionne- magnets, mugs, pens, notepads and cards…all great for a stocking! Pair a mug with MacD’s flavour shots and some chocolate from Chapel Cove!
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Kenzie Sue’s Hairclips- Jen has just the right thing for your little one’s stocking. Headbands and hairclips and so much more, in varieties that your little ones will adore! December 5th
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Kenzie Sue’s Hairclips December 5th
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Kenzie Sue’s Hairclips December 5th
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Handcrafted by Melissa- these little buddies will bring a smile to any child’s face on Christmas morning….all sorts of characters!
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LeSoap- Bath Bombs and soaps of many varieties!
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Beer Lovers
Knotty Acres- Artisan Jams & jellies…beer jellies for him, apple pie, carrot cake and racy Red pepper and 10 other varieties to choose from…perfect stocking stuffer with a multitude of uses. December 12th & 19th
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Market Gift Certificate…the perfect fit inside a stocking…in $10 denominations and redeemable at any Market Vendor…give the gift of local!

Vendor Spotlight- MacD’s Bees

MacD’s Bees is a small business owned by Nelson MacDonald of Loch Broom. He has been raising bees since he took over from his father almost 20 years ago. Fifteen years ago Nelson started out as “Country Blossom Apiary” attending the occasional craft show and selling Liquid Honey and Beeswax Candles. As each year passed items were added to the list of products made with the Honey & Beeswax extracted from the hives. Each product added was usually by request from their loyal customers.  We are very proud to have them at the New Glasgow Farmers Market!

 

Nelson & Maureen of MacD's Bees
Nelson & Maureen of MacD’s Bees

Beside their Liquid Honey other products include, Lip Balms, Soaps, Deodorants, Hand Creams & Moisture Sticks, Foot Balms & Butters, Honey & Salt Scrubs. Most people don’t know that beeswax and the compounds found within the hive make amazing skin care products!

 

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Honey Lollipops & Honey Roasted Pretzels are a popular items sold each Market day. When the Honey yield is good a favorite item is their Honey Jams & Jellies. During the Fall season and Christmas preparation MacD’s Bees sells Honey Peanut Brittle, Honey Nougat, Honey Sponge Toffee and Honey Lozenges.

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Why we do what we do!!!!!
Fun Fact:  Honey has no shelf life and is the perfect sweetener substitute. Many people who suffer from seasonal allergies get relief from eating a daily tablespoon of raw honey that is harvested close to home. Propolis, pollen, beeswax & honey (raw honey from the hive) are known for their medicinal remedies because of their antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Beeswax wax is precious stuff that is made from the nectar of flowers. To produce one pound of beeswax a worker bee eats about ten pounds of honey, flies 150,000 miles and visits millions of flower blossoms. Burning beeswax candles is the healthiest and best as it cleans the air of impurities by removing odours, dust, mold, dust mites and other allergens.
Just look at the photos below. A labour of love and hard work as with most local products from local producers, crafters and artisans! You can see and taste the difference local makes!
Next time you are at the Market, make sure to treat yourself to some honey and unique natural honey products from Nelson & Maureen!
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