TATAMAGOUCHE FARMERS' MARKET

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9th Birthday

The Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market just passed its’ 9th birthday. Wow it seems like yesterday when we all stood on the front step for the opening day. Vendors have come and gone, some have gone on to other businesses, others have moved away. Sadly, some have passed on and are greatly missed.

Our loyal customers have supported the market from the beginning,their families growing right before our eyes.New customers arrive every week, usually surprised by the diversity they find in their own backyard. Brenna with her asparagus, rhubarb and apples, Tina with her vegan soaps, Delores with her honey , to name but a few, all work together to produce each Saturday morning’s symphony.

The 2015 market season is looking to be full of exciting Saturdays at the market. Breakfast on the waterfront deck, local music, pie eating contests, not to forget great local produce, baking and crafts. The most exciting news is the completion of construction on the Creamery Square site and the upcoming opening of the Centre for the Art on June 27. A full day of entertainment is planned from the market opening at 8am until the curtain call at the first performance on the main stage. The day will be one to remember.

As part of the celebration, The Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market will be hosting a community dinner from 4-6pm. In market style, many of our usual vendors, invited caterers and cooks will be offering dinner choices. We hope to see you there.

Carole

 

 

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The Market Experience

The weather is definitely warmer and the winter snow is becoming an old memory, and life at the market changes into summer mode.

Wilson's Honey

Wilson’s Honey

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Katie was very busy providing samples of Ironworks Distillery spirits.

Katie at Ironworks Distillery

Katie at Ironworks Distillery

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Music on the deck

Music on the deck

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Busking inside

 

And the members of the Wallace Masonic Lodge were doing a big business selling tickets on a big basket of lobsters.

Selling tickets on a feed of lobsters

Selling tickets on a feed of lobsters

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See you here next week!

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A Spring Market

As the snow disappears we are starting to see more of our regular market customers, and more of our vendors.

Tom Wood’s bowls

Tom Wood from Wallace was bringing oysters last fall, and all winter he has been bringing his woodwork.

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Pugwash Greenhouses & Florist Shop

We have a new vendor this week, from Pugwash.

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img7457 smThe Colchester Recycling organisation had a display booth, with both information and a chance to win a draw for prizes. He looks cold!

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A Busy Crowd

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Passing Time

Passing the Time

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Vange and Derek

Vange and Derek

Some of our summer regulars were back this weekend.

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on the back deck

on the back deck

The deck looked cold last weekend, but the forecast calls for sun this weekend, and there will be live music there all morning. See you there!

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Last Market in April

We are hoping for warmer weather as April turns to May. There is still far too much snow, and now mud, but we have hopes of a warmer, drier month coming up.

 

Shawn Krause is back again this week with his soup of the week – a delicious local borscht. He also has some of his preserves, and a lovely moist banana loaf from his mother’s recipe.

Karma Gardens

Karma Gardens

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Kevin Aitchison busking

Kevin Aitchison busking

Kevin was here this week, singing lots of Gordon Lightfoot songs.

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Kathleen

Kathleen

We had lots of our regulars with us this week.

 

Agnes

Agnes

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This young lady was enjoying Gay’s jewellery.

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fishermen

fishermen

And we had some fishermen in for breakfast, taking a  break from fishing for brown trout in the local streams.

 

Join us next week, every Saturday morning from 8:00 until noon. See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Spring Market

We are waiting patiently for spring, but our Saturday markets carry on regardless.

at Carole's Corner

at Carole’s Corner

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Ellen Millard was very busy with her customers.

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There were plenty of folks looking for blueberries from Wayne at North of Nuttby Farms.

Blueberries from North of Nuttby Farm

Blueberries from North of Nuttby Farm

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As usual, there were lots of folks in for breakfast, or a coffee with friends.

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On the deck, in summer.

On the deck, in summer.

And while we stare at slowly receding snowbanks, we would do well to remember the lovely days of summer out on our deck.

 

 

 

 

 

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Our First April Market

This was the first market in April, on the day before Easter. The day started off cold and then it began to rain, so it certainly wasn’t a fine spring day, but the atmosphere inside the market was warm and bright.

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Joyce had hidden eggs around the market and the children were sent out to find them, and each could be exchanged for a small toy at this table supervised by one of our helpers, Caitlyn Long.

Our Easter Egg Hunt

Our Easter Egg Hunt

 

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Connie Liebmann was away again this week, but again she sent her daughter Jessica to sell bread and pretzels. It seems that Jessica will be here more often in the coming months as she takes over the booth from her mother (but not the bread-making).

 

Connie's Bakery

Connie’s Bakery

Joyce and Wayne

Here are Joyce and Wayne, examining a new tablet which will be the main communications device for Mary-Ellen, our market manager. I think that they were both trying to figure it out.

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A new vendor this week is Thelma Morris-Fogarty, a fibre artist from River John.

Thelma Morris-Fogarty

 

Here she is working her spinning wheel, which was a great attraction for the younger folk. We are very pleased to have Thelma with us.

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Tom Wood usually has oysters for us, but this week he had a collection of his wooden toys and carvings. Tom is also a skilled dory builder, but I doubt that there would be room for a dory in our market.

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Tom Wood and his carvings

 

We are hoping for more spring-like weather as the month wears on. Do join us, Saturday mornings from 8 until noon!

 

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Last Market in March

This was the last market of the month, and of course, with it being March, the weather was cold and a bit wet. There is still lots of snow around and the maple season has not yet started, so we are not into spring yet.

Frazer Hunter of Knoydart Farms was in a week early as he had other commitments for next week, but as usual he brought lots of warmth and cheer to our market. He also had a new flavour of cheese – cheddar with Guiness beer.  It was good, too!

Knoydart Farms organic cheese

Knoydart Farms organic cheese

 

The Wilsons from Malagash had their honey here again this week.

Wilson's Honey

Wilson’s Honey

And of course, with mud in the parking lot, there were children eager to play there:

Eventually, they have to be rescued.

Join us next week, for our Easter market, with activities for the kids!

 

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Our First Spring Market

This was our first market of the spring, although the snow and cold temperatures made us realise that it was only technically spring, and that daffodils are still a few weeks away.

Shawn had some of his delicious soup again this week, and many of his customers get take-away servings for their lunch.

Karma Gardens sou[p

Karma Gardens soup

Shawn and Wayne share a laugh during a quiet moment.

Sharing a laugh

Sharing a laugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wilsons from Malagash brought some of their honey.

Wilson's Honey

Wilson’s Honey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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regular shoppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of folks come for breakfast.

Breakfast at the market

Breakfast at the market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Market for Saint Patrick’s Day

Hollandiase Sauce

Debbie Fraser’s Green Hollandise Sauce

It was Saint Patrick’s Day at the market, and Debbie was making green breakfasts for a few special customers.

Debbie's pancakes

These pancakes look pretty good

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Seeds from La Finquita

Seeds from La Finquita

Our friends from La Finquita  (“little farm”) in North Wallace were back this week with seeds and fresh greens from their greenhouse.

greens from La Finquita

greens from La Finquita

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Christian at Carole's Corner

Christian at Carole’s Corner

Christian is helping his grandmother at Carole’s Corner, helping with the coffee and baked goods.

Carole's Corner

Carole’s Corner

Here’s Carole and one of her many customers.

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Some of our regular customers.

Peter and Cecily

Peter and Cecily

 

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More regular customers

 

And of course, a view of the back deck. With all of this snow, not much changes from week to week.

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The back deck on 14 March

 

But the deck looks better in summer:

 

The Back Deck in summer

The Back Deck in summer

Here’s a summer image, taken from the doorway. A lovely place to have breakfast!

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