Farmers’ markets across Nova Scotia are getting ready to host the second annual Farmers’ Market Week (3-10 August) – the only celebration of its kind in Canada. The festivities highlight the wonderful fresh food, artisan products and local crafts available at more than 40 markets province-wide. Rustik Magazine has teamed up with Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia to profile some of the vendors and producers that make up Nova Scotia’s vibrant markets.
1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you most love about it?
Saturday mornings at the Historic Farmers’ Market in Halifax. It is my favourite market because: A) I love the vendors! We are a friendly, creative and eclectic bunch. B) I love what we do! We have a large array of local products and services. And C) I love my customers!
Regular customers are the reason to get up in the morning. I learn so much from them. I am able to be a part of and watch others supporting local enterprises. Not to mention that I am able to share my love of beauty, growing and seasonality with them. These conversations and moments are what makes farming worthwhile!
2) How did you get into your line of work? Any advice for someone just starting out?
After sailing around the world, living in far-fetched places and completing an art degree at OCAD, I moved back to rural Nova Scotia. Being able to work with Mother Nature and combine natural elements to make flower arrangements is a never ending lesson in colour, texture and breaking all the rules.
Advice to self and others:
Dream big, and plant regularly! Things will change as you grow as a person and a business. Just embrace it and go with the flow. Be honest with yourself and others.
3) If you could be compensated for your work with something other than money, what would it be?
People sharing their memories and stories about flowers in their life, and telling me how those bouquets and flowers touch their lives and add to those special moments.
4) Do you have a favourite celebrity chef and what do you like about them?
Renée Lavallée, the ‘Feisty Chef‘. She does recipes from local produce bought at farmers’ markets in the province.
5) What is your favourite seasonal ingredient? What do you like to do with it?
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries. All berries! Eat them straight up three times a day, or tuck them into pie, salad, coffee cake, yogurt, etc.