NGFM Healthy Living Program

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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.

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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.

We would like to thank the Wolfville Farmers Market  and the Farmers Market of Nova Scotia for helping us along the way, the team at Kids First and of course the Aberdeen Health Foundation for making this program possible!

Thank YOU for supporting the Market and coming out to shop with us every week.  It is because of your support that we have the encouragement to keep doing better.

 

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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Leadership in Business 2017

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On October 18th, the New Glasgow Farmers Market was the recipient of the 2017 Leadership in Business Award, awarded by the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Mac, Mac & Mac.

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!

 

 

Great things are coming in 2017

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!

 

Help Your Elf!

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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!
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Just another way we’re helping you shop local this Christmas!
Click the image below for a PDF version! 
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Press Release- From Market to Main Street

The New Glasgow Farmers Market Presents From Market to Main Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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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!

 

Keeping Market Youthful

As you know, the New Glasgow Farmers Market is an incubator for small homegrown businesses. It is where new ideas are born and tested. We love and appreciate our community and we want to foster innovation and promote entrepreneurship and that begins with our kids.

Did you know we offer a table specifically for youth? We have a $15 under 15 program that allows youth to come to Market with items that they have made, baked or grown themselves at a special youth rate. Whether they are growing fruit & vegetables, making food or crafting items…we’d like to give them a start.  It’s a great place for kids to learn how to conduct business and interact with their community.

In order to qualify for the $15 table rate, youth vendors must 15 years or younger and again, the products must be made, baked or grown by the students. Items for sale are subject to approval and applicable regulations, school groups and 4-H groups are also welcome to apply.

To find out more information, qualifications and to see if this might be a fit for you, please contact Kristi at ngfarmmarket@gmail.com

And don’t forget, if you have a school group or community group like 4H that is looking to raise funds, you may also want to check into our Market Kitchen availability.

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