By: Christina Nunn
This is an exciting time for the Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market. Warm temperatures and long, sunny days have sent plant shoots poking their heads out of the soil and the first greens of the season will soon be ready for your table. These signs also mean a return to Summer Market hours and location. Starting on June 9, the MHFM will be held every Sunday from 9am to 1pm at the Bingo Hall in Musquodoboit Harbour. To celebrate the promise of the upcoming season, the MHFM has some delightful initiatives to introduce.
If you have been noticing some rather large carrots “growing” on lawns throughout the community, it is not a strange new species of vegetable. These iconic symbols are being displayed as a support for the MHFM. Designed as a publicity tool and fundraiser by Tom Goddu for the New Hartford Farmers’ Market in Connecticut in 2009, the carrot symbol has grown in its popularity and is now used as an integral part of many markets’ plans to expand awareness of the buy local movement. “Planting” one of these carrots on your lawn or in your garden shows your support for and commitment to sharing the importance of farmers’ markets.
Another family-friendly initiative that will be happening this summer is a program called Mad Science. This is an educational and entertaining summer camp being held on-site on Sundays at the Market from July 7-28, from 10am to 12pm. Suitable for students from P-6, this will give parents an opportunity to enjoy some leisurely shopping or just relax and socialize at the Market café while their children are happily engaged in a fun learning activity nearby. Look for flyers to be distributed through local schools.
Last, but certainly not least, the MHFM has a new way to say “Thank You” to its customers. Starting June 9, with each visit you will be eligible to complete a ballot to win a weekend getaway at The Tourist Trap valued at $500. The prize includes 1 night accommodation, dinner, breakfast, and a picnic lunch for 4 people. Complete contest rules are on our website.
To learn more about the MHFM, check our website www.mhfarmersmarket.ca to see what’s new. You can also join the conversation on Facebook www.facebook.com/mhfarmersmarket. From both sites you can 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.