Brenna Koneczny, left, of Vista Bella Farm: Orchard and Apiary, talks with a customer during a previous season at the Pugwash Farmers’ Market. The market’s season opens May 18 and will run until Oct. 12. Submitted photo

PUGWASH – After a stunningly successful season in 2018 with newly constructed market buildings, the Pugwash Farmers’ Market board of directors is planning even more improvements to the market site to increase the comfort of vendors and customers alike.

Eaves troughs and French drains for more effective drainage, eye-catching signage and village water hook-up are a few of the initiatives.

The market opens for the season on May 18 and operates each Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., until the Thanksgiving Day weekend. Expect live music with Slick Wilson and Ken Beattie, lots of friendly faces, and keep your eyes peeled for news of community events through the summer.

The Pugwash Farmers’ Market is committed to community building, collaboration, and being a hub for healthy living information. It encourages non-profit organizations like Friends of the Pugwash Estuary, Pugwash Community Health Board, Pugwash Ground Search and Rescue, and Cumberland Food Action Network to use the venue to promote their programs.

Some new additions to the Wellness Tent programming include “Cooking with Catherine” interactive demos using farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients; The Great Kids Cook-Off with youth strutting their culinary skills; and Fun Farm Olympics with Cumberland 4-H clubs – all to engage market visitors in healthy eating and keeping active.

Look on the market’s Facebook page for the latest updates to programming for July and August – ‘Growing a Healthy Community’ – with the generous support of the Pugwash and Area Community Health Board, in collaboration with the Healthy Livin’ Programs in Oxford, Springhill, and Amherst, information about probiotic fermented food; all about bees; making your own hula hoop; growing your own cannabis and health benefits; vermiculture composting; living chemical-free; the Power of Play with Cumberland Recreation; tips on recycling and garbage disposal; local fishing spots and fly-tying; defence against ticks and lime disease; gardening tips, and so much more. 

Market vendors offer the public a diverse array of products, from fresh fruit and vegetables, preserves, maple syrup, and local meat to fibre arts, leather, pottery, essential oil products, and home decor. Most of the favourite vendors are back, as well new additions, that contributed to the atmosphere and marked increase in visitors. 

This year will see a number of new vendors selling original art work, crafts, micro greens, pet beds, lavender products, baby products, and hand-dyed yarns. The market will also have two vendors on site to offer customers freshly prepared food to eat on the spot or take home.

The Pugwash Farmers’ Market is always looking for new vendors. Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Have you thought about becoming a market vendor? For more information, contact Norene Smiley, market manager, at 902-243-2073 or pugwashmarket@gmail.com.