New Glasgow Farmer's Market going strong

Published on August 16, 2014

Susan Langille was busy bagging fresh carrots, beans and other produce for customers at the Lakenman’s Farm table at the New Glasgow Farmer’s Market.

“It’s been a tough growing year, but it’s starting to pick up now,” Langille said.

One thing that has been positive though is the turnout at the farmer’s market. For growers like the Lakenman’s that’s been very important.

“It makes a huge difference,” she said. “We have a store on the farm as well, but it’s just getting out into the community.”

There have been more than 40 full time vendors at the Farmer’s Market this year.

“We’ve had a really great season,” said Fleur Mainville, manager of the market.

She said about 55 per cent of the vendors are primary producers which means they sell produce like fruit and vegetables or honey and maple syrup.

While they draw a large number of their customers from the surrounding community, they also have visitors check it out.

“We are getting more and more tourists that are stopping in. I believe that has a lot to do with social media. Folks are quick to talk about the market when they’re asked what there is to do on a Saturday,” she said.

Those people tend to gravitate towards the local artisans wares.

“Tourists are really looking for things from this area,” Mainville said. “We don’t see them walking away with big bags of kale or carrots but they’re taking away a lot of crafts from the artisans.”

The market is at the point now where they have a waiting list of vendors and are looking for a more permanent building and Mainville said she’s been having meetings with the town of New Glasgow about that.

”It’s something that may be happening within the next year,” she said.

If it works out, she’d love to be able to be open longer and possibly even on days they aren’t now.

The Farmer’s Market will be holding a fundraising dinner on Aug. 31 with the Kilted Chef preparing a meal for those who purchase tickets. Last year’s event sold out and Mainville is expecting similar success this year.