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Living La Vida Local with Ann Doyle & Joel Huntley

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.

moontide-farmAnn Doyle & Joel Huntley
Moon Tide Farm
Scots Bay, Nova Scotia
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1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you most love about it?
We attend both the Wolfville and the Kentville Farmer’s Markets in the Annapolis Valley.

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!

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  1. Dale SN says:

    I have met Joel and Anne and tasted their vegetables.They are all wonderful-the people and the veggies.I totally agree with their statement about health, happiness and bartering.
    Keep up the great job with your organic farming and striving for more self sufficiency.I admire you both for genuine efforts in this direction.
    A neighbor and I have a garden together this year for the first time. I have learned some of the basics but have so much more to learn.
    Thank you for setting such a good example!

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