Nova Scotians are encouraged to explore and support their local farmers’ market when many of them open this month and in June.
Farmers’ markets are a staple around the province
with Nova Scotia having the highest number per capita in Canada.
Select Nova Scotia, in partnership with Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia, recently launched an advertising campaign to highlight the opening of seasonal markets and to encourage Nova Scotians to spend more time and money shopping at their local market.
“Visiting a farmers’ market is an opportunity to enjoy the top- quality fruit, vegetables, meats, wines and other agricultural products produced across our province,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “It’s also a chance to connect face-to-face with local farmers, artisans and other vendors, and enjoy quality time with family or friends.”
Every market is different, but most offer fresh-baked goods, meats, artisan cheeses, preserves, jams and jellies of all kinds. There is also fresh produce like asparagus, beet greens and fiddleheads.
Local artisans also sell handmade items from candles to quilts and furniture.
“After our long, snow-covered winter, Nova Scotians are ready both for the taste of spring and the social gathering found at farmers’ markets,” said Keltie Butler, executive director of the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia. “Bring a friend and a few shopping bags and we’ll see you at the market.”
Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia is a co-operative with members from Cape Breton to Yarmouth. It works on behalf of farmers’ markets and market-based businesses, and is a national leader in training, community building, co-operative marketing, research and advocacy.
For a list of farmers’ markets and for more information about where to buy and shop local, visit selectnovascotia.ca .