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Fresh and Friendly with George and Bela Casson

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.

casson pics for websiteGeorge, Bela & Marcus (not pictured) Casson
Casson Family Farm Fresh Organic Produce
Central New Annan, Nova Scotia
www.trurofarmersmarket.org

1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you love most about it?
The Truro Farmers’ Market is located in the centre of town, in a renovated heritage fire hall. Each Saturday from April until Christmas, and on Wednesdays in July and August, the market provides a venue for local producers to offer local products, creating the opportunity to develop a relationship between vendors and customers, and instilling a sense of pride in our community and the talents we have right here at home.

2) What is your favorite thing to grow and why?
We love to grow vegetables. Organically grown veggies have become popular selection for consumers who like to eat healthy and are quality, freshness and good old-fashioned taste. Organic food means knowing what is on your plate! (Check out Bela’s recipes for Zucchini Chowder and Zucchini Cake)

3) What three ingredients would you take to a desert island?
Fresh garlic, mixed greens, and vinaigrette à la maison.

4) How did you get into this line of work?
Marcus, the organic farmer of the family farm, works hard for many hours because he wanted to grow a product that is healthy, that leaves a minimal carbon footprint, that provides employment, and that helps the local economy on a small scale. As for George and Bela, we are helping a small farm to ‘make’ it and promoting buying fresh and local produce.

5) If you could be compensated for your work with something other than money, what would it be?
Customer satisfaction, loyalty, a friendly atmosphere, creating new respect for food production on farms and making a difference in the community marketplace.

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