January 2013 Shore News
As a local farmers market, one of our guiding principles is to be self-sustaining, a quality which helps us continue to grow as we look for a permanent structure we can call home. Which came first, the chicken or the egg - the customer or the vendor? The answer in our mind is both. A big part of self-sustainability is continuity for both market goers and local producers/artisans. Keeping this in mind, we have decided to offer a reduced size Winter Farmers Market. We will have fewer vendors, and our hours will be reduced as well.
For our Winter Market we will be open every second Sunday from 10am-1pm. To accommodate our smaller size and lower our costs, we are also changing the location. Our Winter Market will operate out of the Lions Community Centre at 43 East Petpeswick Rd.
Farmers markets must always be aware of customer needs. In order to make the market worthwhile for farmers, foodsmiths, and artisans, we need the right balance of customers. In January you will still be able to purchase a wide variety of fresh meats and produce at our market, but our focus will be more on local artisans, crafters, foodsmiths, and entertainers.
So what does this mean to you, our valued market goer? We strive to provide the perfect balance of produce, meals, treats, coffee, and artisans to make a winter market successful. The vendors run their businesses well, and they enjoy being there. Of course while the market is sustainable and remains successful, the constant challenge is balancing the customers’ need for low prices against the vendors’ needs for fair returns. Even so, because of cost savings arising from farmers selling directly to consumers at our market, customers get access to local products usually priced at par, or even lower than at nearby grocery stores.
The Little Carrot carries supplements made from natural compounds both preservative free and made using certified organic food ingredients.. And the best part is these are all produced right here in Nova Scotia.
The Little Carrot also offers a wonderful Salon product formulated using Nova Scotian Sea Kelp and Essential Oils harvested from both Lawrencetown and Conrad Beach. Also available are chemical-free Hair Colours & Sea Kelp treatments by Kevan Bish & Bish Salon. She also brought on board a master Esthetician (Jenny Minler) of Porters Lake Esthetic Studio. Jenny uses, “Pamaya”, a locally produced skin care line made from organic ingredients for both her facial and body treatments. Jeanette even offers, Cosmic Tree essentials, a full line of mineral cosmetics, made from natural & food based ingredients from Wolfeville, Nova Scotia. The Lipcolor even has chocolate in it! Yummy...... Upon your first visit to the store you will learn that the Little Carrot strives to offer the healthiest products available to its residents and this includes both what we put into our bodies as well as what we put onto our bodys.
You can meet Jeanette at our winter market. Now that we are a year round market, It is no longer necessary to travel into Dartmouth or Halifax to purchase organic foods, free range chicken, grass fed Beef, Gluten free, Vegan foods, or Raw food alternatives. We now have them in our own community. Jeannette encourages residents to invest in their own products and services so we can all grow and prosper, living healthier and thus happier lives. That is what the Little Carrot is all about & the Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers Market is behind Jeanette all the way. We want local farmers, owners and artisans to do well, thereby helping our community to prosper.
Building a self-sustaining market is a fine balancing act. We provide everything we possibly can to make things work from all sides. So the next time you see a chicken cross the road, keep in mind we need both the chicken and the egg equally to sustain our market growth.
So mark your calendars for Sunday, January 6th as this is the start date of our WINTER MARKET located in the Lions Community Centre at 43 East Petpeswick Rd.
If you aren’t familiar with the MHFM yet, log on to our website www.mhfarmersmarket.ca to see whats fresh and new. You can also join in on the conversation at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mhfarmersmarket From both sites you can add your email address to subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter. If you have a question or are interested in becoming a vendor at our market please call us at 902-220-9114 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org