Farmers’ markets across Nova Scotia are hosting 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.
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
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1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you most love about it?
I’m a vendor at two markets in southern Nova Scotia: Yarmouth and the Argyle Farmers’ and Artisanal Market in Tusket, where I sell smoothies, preserves and a natural Plantain Healing Cream. We’re in an historical building in Yarmouth and in a tent in Tusket, but the joie de vivre is contagious at both locations.
2) What is your favourite thing to grow/cook and why?
My favorite thing to grow is GARLIC. It is first and foremost a medicinal tool that should be hanging in everyone’s kitchen. It adds a distinct flavour to everything from soup to stew to roasts. The garlic scape pesto I make is an excellent seller at the market and a fabulous addition to pastas, soups, omelets, pizzas, baked potatoes, potato salads and more!
3) What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
At home, every morning, a fruit smoothie is in order – today’s smoothie was made of banana, grapes, blueberries, psyllium, chia seeds and cranberry juice. We also had cheese and almonds to complete our breakfast.
4) How did you get into your line of work? Any advice for someone just starting out?
My creative side helped me choose the variety of products I offer, and the endless combinations of smoothies or types of preserves will keep me busy for a while. Nature presented me an herb (plantain) that has been used medicinally since the 14th century. I have a passion for anything natural. To anyone who would like to venture into this type of business I say: be passionate about your product!
5) Favourite Nova Scotia recipe?
Seafood chowder (though I have not yet tried it with garlic!)