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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 email@example.com
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 are excited and proud to introduce the NGFM Healthy Living program!
In our County, there are many families who are food insecure meaning they do not always have enough money to get the food they need, much less have access to quality local food and we believe everyone deserves that!
We recognize that there are families who would like to shop at the Market but face a number of barriers including financial and social barriers. We have been trying to figure out a way to make the Market more accessible to these families for awhile. E
BC has an established provincial program being run with their Farmers Markets and Wolfville has run one successfully for the last few years as well. Of course we have been wanting to make this happen for our County and with a little help from our friends, we are able to do just that!
The NGFM Healthy Living Program will provide 10 low income families with $100 in Market Money for 7 months. We wanted to make sure that it continued through Christmas as this is often the hardest time for families. The total investment in this program is $7,000. This program is fully funded by the Aberdeen Health Foundation with in kind support from Kids First and the New Glasgow Farmers Market.
Kids First is a charitable organization that serves low income families with children. We approached Kids First because they have families with children and we wanted to give the kids the opportunity to have a good start in learning about local food and all that shopping at the Market has to offer them. This opportunity not only gives families access to healthy food, but they also get the added benefit of social interaction and the feeling of inclusion in our community, something that can be difficult for these families.
For some of these families, the Market seems unattainable and intimidating. These families struggle for necessities and may not be able to afford little luxuries, like a nice bar of soap or a toy for their child, much less healthy local food. These little luxuries and something like eating out are often something that other people do. These families may not know the process of ordering fresh cuts of meat or had the opportunity to eat some of the unique produce at the Market, so much of this will be new to them.
These families will attend a Market info session to help them understand what to expect. Together, we will be addressing their concerns with them to help make these processes less intimidating and help them to feel comfortable.
These families will have access to programming that will help with nutritional education, food preparation and more. This program will be administered with kindness, respect and dignity, free of stigma.
This program also does double, even triple duty. As always, 100% of Market Money, including the Market Money from this program, spent at the Market goes directly to vendors (as it always does). So at the same time as these families benefit, local farmers, food producers and artisans that sell at the Market also benefit. They make their livelihood and in turn will spend their money in the community and then those businesses benefit too! A ripple effect, like a drop in a pond!
This is a win-win-win, especially for families, but vendors and the community as a whole.
These families will now have access to healthy local food. They will be able to be part of a community where they may have felt isolation before. Hopefully we will be able to illustrate to them that the Market is a comfortable place and that items are not as expensive as they think and that eating local, healthy food IS within their reach. These families will get to listen to music, they can take their child to lunch or buy them a special treat, maybe they can buy a roast or try some micro greens or a new variety of beet or carrot. Maybe they can buy a nice bar of soap or enjoy some gluten free bread that they may not have been able to afford before. Perhaps they can buy a toy for their child’s birthday and at Christmas they can have a turkey.
This is about whole health and increasing quality of life and adding tools to the kids toolbox to help them make great choices that will set them on the right path as they grow up. This is about everyone being part of the community and the Market giving back.
If the program is successful and feedback from the families are positive, we will find a way to run it again. Someday maybe we will also have a provincially run program! Dream big.
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!
As described, the Leadership in Business Award is “presented to a business that is a leader in its sector and a significant contributor to a stable local economy. This business strives to be the best in class in all that it does from employee relations and customer service to exceptional financial results.”
That’s a pretty huge compliment! Of course, I am a little passionate about our market and local and as such, I have never been accused of being short on words. I had a speech written so that I could be sure to get across what I wanted to say on behalf of the Market and it looked short at the time but once I was up there, not so much. In the interest of time, couldn’t quite manage to get it all out.
Below is what I wanted to say and what I had written. It’s been edited for context, but mostly I want to be clear that this is a team achievement. We are a co-operative. This is a win for us as a whole Market. An enormous amount of work and dedication goes into the Market from a whole lot of people and the Market is supported by the community. When you show up to shop, attend our events and bring your friends, you are supporting farmers, artisans, musicians and entrepreneurs. Any local business requires local patrons to shop and support it. We are no different.
Here’s entirety of what I wanted to say on behalf of our Market:
“Thanks to the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce. We are very honoured to receive this award and to even be considered a leader in present company is very humbling. In truth, the Market represents more than 70 individual leaders and I am thrilled to accept this award on their behalf. The Market is a bit of an enigma, not really fitting in anywhere in particular which makes this even more special for us. We are unique in that we offer a space for a number of farmers, food producers, artisans and local musicians to come and showcase their work that is low cost and low risk. All of our vendors have different reasons for attending, some are there to test new products and use the Market as a springboard into bigger ventures, others are there for the social aspects and to keep busy. For some the Market is a livelihood, for others a hobby and for some it’s a way to fund other endeavors.
It is the Market’s goal to join producers to the community and connect people with their food through education and awareness in a marketplace, something that has been lost in decades gone by. And while our primary focus is education and awareness, it is also to connect people personally in a world that is becoming increasingly impersonal.
We want to make a positive, lasting impact on our community and being an independent, non-profit organization run by volunteers, it’s not always easy. But as the song goes, we get by with a little help from our friends. We are lucky to have some great partners and cheerleaders in our corner. The Town of New Glasgow, the Municipality of the County of Pictou and our community who helped us to double in size over the past couple of years and this year some of our business community came together to help us install our new “Giving Garden:
As a result, we have enjoyed a 30% increase in traffic this season. We are now able to remain open year-round, which gives increased “employment” to our vendors. We now have one full time employee and have doubled our vendor capacity. We hold special and unique events not just to raise money for improvements and programs, but in an effort to connect Pictou County residents to each other and the broader community by highlighting all of the amazing innovation, creativity and uniqueness that this county has to offer and showcasing it to everyone we can. We offer a unique setting that is inclusive of everyone in a fun and casual atmosphere, reflective of the warmth of Maritime culture. The Market is a place where vendors and customers alike get to associate with people they may never have otherwise connected with and learn about other cultures. I often refer to it as my happy place and we strive to make it everyone’s happy place.
We are committed to supporting local agriculture, we continue to strive to make a positive contribution to local business and bettering our community. Thanks again for this recognition and we’ll see you at the Market!”
Thanks for reading and sharing. Most of all, thank you for supporting. We are lucky to live in a community rich in creative, innovative, dedicated, talented people and organizations. With the holiday season knocking at our door, we really encourage you to shop local and show them your support. And of course, no matter where you live, visit your local Farmers Market!
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!
Do you have an elf that needs help with suggestions on just the right thing? Well, we have a solution! Introducing our new Help Your Elf program!
Use this list to write down things that you see at Market that you think would make a great gift for you or someone else. Once it’s filled out, hand it in at the welcome table and we will e-mail your elf with your gift suggestions before the next Market! Lists will be accepted until December 10th!
Ask your vendor for a Help Your Elf form and there will also be a few located at the Welcome table!
Forget vacuums and neck ties, get something unique this Holiday season and support local!
Help Your Elf!
Just another way we’re helping you shop local this Christmas!
The New Glasgow Farmers Market Presents From Market to Main Street
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New Glasgow, NS – The New Glasgow Farmers Market will present for the first time in Nova Scotia, a unique farm to table event, From Market to Main Street. This unique experience will take place on Provost Street in historic downtown New Glasgow and will feature a fully catered, three course meal and live music.
The New Glasgow Farmers Market has partnered with the Town of New Glasgow to host this first of its kind experience. On the night of August 27th, tables will line the centre Provost Street, a main street of downtown New Glasgow. Guests will enjoy a cocktail/tapas hour, followed by an elegant three course meal prepared by local chef Jason Conway of J Conway Catering. The meal will be prepared from ingredients sourced from local producers and vendors found at the New Glasgow Farmers Market. The purpose of this special event is to unite friends, neighbours and visitors with local farmers and producers through food, emphasizing the vital connection between rural and urban communities.
This event wouldn’t be complete without local, homegrown talent. The Market has partnered with Glasgow Square Theatre to provide the perfect musical complement to this experience. Working with their fall program, Glasgow Square is assembling a selection of amazing local talent. “When we were asked if we would like to partner with the Market on this innovative first of its kind dinner, it was a no brainer”, says Program & Events Manager Carlton Munroe.
“The Town of New Glasgow is excited to be partnering with the market on this ‘farm to table’ event. What a unique way to showcase and draw new attention to our regional market. This seems to be the trend in other parts of the country, and we are so proud and impressed with the creativity and hard work of our local market”, says Geralyn MacDonald, Community Development Director for the Town of New Glasgow.
Tickets are only $55 per person for this unique experience and vegetarian options are available. Tickets are available at the New Glasgow Farmers Market located at 261 Glasgow St. in New Glasgow on Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm, at the New Glasgow Town Hall, by clicking Buy Tickets on our Facebook Page or online at http://NGFarmMarket.eventbee.com/event?eid=182349111
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.
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.