In the summer of 2008, the Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers Market held its very first Sunday market. The inaugural market was held at the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Station, and we welcomed 10 vendors and 167 people! It was a great spot for a Sunday market, and many of us have fond memories of the friendly, welcoming atmosphere, bright with tents, fresh air, and sunshine … but it wasn’t quite as much fun when it was raining! We quickly realized we needed an indoor venue of our own in the Harbour, so we did what most organizations do: we regrouped and started to fundraise for ourselves. Our market is self-sustaining, and fundraising is a key element of that as we continue towards our goal of establishing a new building. A new building is important because it gives us the ability to store heavy coolers and displays for some vendors. So back in 2009 we hired an architect, and now we have drawings for our very own farmers market building, since our longterm fundraising goal is to one day have our very own farmers market building.
Today between 300 and 400 people come out to shop at our market every Sunday. That’s a lot of people connecting! We are very proud that the Musquodoboit Farmers Market had become one of many positive generators of economic and social wellbeing for us on the Shore. Its one of the reasons why you will find our “Market Cafe” area to sit and chat. Farmers Markets not only bring communities together socially, but they also connect consumers to producers by bringing us closer to our food supply., Farmers markets also connect people with our local artisans and foodsmiths. Through markets, relationships are developed that provide a broader understanding of what it means to be an agricultural producer in our challenging climate. In return, our producers benefit from direct feedback from you, our customers. From this we generate new ideas, responding to your needs. The social aspect of our Farmers Market actually “grows” the whole community. Every time you come to our non-partisan and non-denominational gathering spot, you help to create community cohesion, vision and action.
If you aren’t familiar with the MHFM yet, we hope you’ll come see us this Sunday, and every Sunday - 9am-1pm, from June to mid-December. As always, we’ll be at the Bingo Hall in the Eastern Shore Community Centre (a.k.a. The Rink) right in the heart of Musquodoboit Harbour, NS.
To see whats fresh and new at the MHFM check our website at www.mhfarmersmarket.ca or join our Facebook page at: facebook.com/mhfarmersmarket. There you can subscribe to add your email address to our weekly e-newsletter. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at our market please call us at 902-220-9114 or email Kelty Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org