Starting today, 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.
We love the enthusiasm our customers have for local foods and the opportunity to share our stories and passions about healthy, seasonal foods and land stewardship in farming with them and other vendors.
2) What is your favourite thing to grow/cook and why?
Our favourite things to cook with are our products in season. We grow what we like to eat and consequently, we eat what we grow: simple seasonal foods without a lot of fuss. It’s easy to be a gourmand when the ingredients are fresh and seasonal.
3) How did you get into your line of work? Any advice for someone just starting out?
We both were exposed to family-scaled agriculture growing up and grew a garden as adults. Ann had been working with farmers for years and decided to just go ahead and be one with Joel, who was moving in that direction after a career change. We helped organize the New Farmer’s Gathering for many years and we’d encourage as much education as you can gain, save as much money as you can before you begin, and learn to do with less.
4) If you could be compensated for your work with something other than money, what would it be?
Because we began our farming careers together homesteading, our roots have been in becoming more self-sufficient in feeding ourselves good food, having good shelter for ourselves and our animals, and nourishing the land that gives so much to us. Money smooths those pathways and makes it all easier, but being happy and healthy is just as important to us (and bartering with others helps, too!)
5) Favourite Nova Scotia recipe?
Joel’s favourite is Rappie Pie. His mother is Acadian and he loves homemade Rappie Pie with our free-range chicken and acadian-style salted onion. Ann loves traditional thick and creamy seafood chowder with everything in it – mussels, clams, haddock, salmon, and lobster, with our own potatoes, celery and carrots, of course!