Dog days of summer spell no end to New Glasgow’s market success
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Ben Cole, 13, has taken advantage of the youth table for two years, selling his handcrafted clay items. The table is offered at a discount for those aged 15 and under at the New Glasgow Farmers Market.
NEW GLASGOW – When Fleur Mainville took over management of the New Glasgow Farmers Market, she hoped it would continue to grow and offer the community a place to gather and support the economy by being able to buy local.
Since it opened for the season in May, she believes the farmers market is doing just that.
“It’s just been simply incredible,” said Mainville. “I’m truly impressed by the people of Pictou County.”
She said eight new tables have been added, along with a food truck outside of the dome. Most of the people who come to check out the market are returning customers.
“People are making this a part of this weekly routine,” said Mainville. “Every Saturday, we see anywhere from 900 to 1,200 people pass through and around the dome.”
Jannine Howell and Joan Krawczyk have been participating in the farmers market for the past three years. The owners of churches-turned-art galleries sell breakfast burritos for hungry market goers.
“It’s a great way to socialize and get the word out about events at Celtic Circle and in town,” said Howell.
“We get people talking about the local arts scene and sell some homemade food as well,” noted Krawczyk.
Mainville noted farmers market guidelines stipulate that 75 per cent of everything that vendors sell is produced by the vendors themselves.
“Most of what is sold here comes from the farms, shops, kitchens and pantries of the vendors. Producers here sell meat that has been only grass fed and other completely organic items.”
One of the vendors, Shannon Leigh’s Bakery specializes in gluten free bread, muffins, squares and cookies.
“There’s been a really good response and I’ve got a lot of regulars coming back,” said Leigh, who’s had a table at the market for the past two years. “There are not a lot of places in to get homemade, gluten free goods so I have found a niche here.”
In addition to regular vendor tables, the market also features buskers and a youth table, rented at a discount to youth aged 15 and under.
Ben Cole, 13, has taken advantage of the youth table for two years, selling his handcrafted clay items. Each tiny figure, pins or scene is moulded and baked in an oven for 15 minutes to ensure durability.
“I’ve even commissioned a few pieces and scenes,” said Cole. “One was beach scene all contained in a jar.”
Another vendor, Red Road Farms, sells the whole gambit of items including produce, eggs and their Neighbours blueberries.
“We’ve been selling here at the market for the past three years,” said Michael and Susan Jensen. “Our cinnamon rolls have become quite a hit as well and usually sell out fast.”
The Jensens moved from the U.S. to their farm in Scotsburn a few years ago and haven’t looked back. They said the farmers market in New Glasgow is getting better.
“It’s continually growing,” said Michael. “It’s great to see new and returning faces.”
Mainville said it has been a balancing act growing the market and still keeping a similar atmosphere and setup for returning regulars.
“We’re at full capacity here,” she noted. “We’ve had to make some arrangements and adjustments to make sure everyone has a place.”
The New Glasgow Farmers Market will continue until the end of October. This year will be the first time two-winter farmers markets will be held in New Glasgow at the dome on Nov. 16 and Dec. 14.
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