It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Join the Facebook event to stay updated!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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:
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.
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:
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!
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!
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!
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.
An American Infographic, but not far off the mark.