Farmers’ markets across Nova Scotia are celebrating the second annual Farmers’ Market Week (3-10 August) – the only event 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?
I love the fun, friendly and positive environment at the Truro Farmers’ Market, which was started in this community over 30 years ago. From the early beginnings of parking lots and canopies, the new indoor space with a permanent outdoor canopy structure creates a great venue, and both vendors and customers can now appreciate the comforts of a dry, warm environment!
This market is fortunate to have a wonderful group of vendors committed to building their own businesses as well as the market. Wineries, bee keepers, bakers, farmers and artisans work hard to produce items to bring to their customers each week. The market is rich with products, including honey, meat, cheese, eggs, baked goods, hand-sewn items, multicultural foods, jewellery, unique artwork, sauces, wines and spirits and handmade soaps. New vendors bring new and interesting items to the market, keeping the products fresh and interesting at all times.
2) As a child, which foods/veggies did you avoid? And now?
I remember having a strange aversion to egg yolks when I was a child. Today I love free-range eggs but I still need to make sure that those egg yolks are well cooked!
3) What one ingredient/food would you eat for breakfast, lunch and supper?
Fresh, local organic tomatoes!! They go great with any meal and taste superb!
4) What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Local free-range eggs, gluten-free bread, cheese and tomatoes.
5) Favourite Nova Scotia recipe?
Maritime Hodge Podge made with fresh, local produce. Yummy!