Geesh, I don’t think I have much to say this month. It must be because it is AGM month, and my mind is a-buzz with the annual process of contracting vendors, and supporting the work of the Board as they review policies and prepare for the AGM. I am awfully proud to be part of an organization that takes care of all these details so thoughtfully. Over the years many other Markets have used our organization’s work as templates or starting points for their own work. We have been fortunate enough to have a number of special vendors who have paid particular attention to helping our organization develop excellent governance documents, and so I thought it appropriate to give special mention to: Michelle Summer Fike, Eric Frank and Angela Patterson, who each have, in particular, made a huge contribution to our market’s governance documentation. There are certainly many others, as all Board Members, and many committees, focus groups and general vendor feedback have made contributions to the collaborative effort of making policies and processes solid and fair, but there are few who take it so seriously and thoughtfully as these three. So thanks! And a special tip of the hat to all those on Boards of Directors with not-for-profits, cooperatives and other organizations, who take care with this task within our community. There are many of you out there, and many of your organizations joined us for the Sustainability Showcase with Vandana Shiva last week, which was a real treat. I was inspired by Vandana Shiva and also the vibrancy of our community and the organizations within our community already working to make wonderful things happen.
Manager’s Monthly Thanks and Thoughts
What a difference it all can make!
The Market website got a facelift. We've got more pictures, a great list of vendors, our history, product and seasonal grid handouts you can download, info about renting the community room, an events calendar that shows what's up during the Market, but also what activities are happening throughout the market at any given time. Take some time to see what is there so that you know where to look when curiosity strikes! Check it out.
Youth Booth: The Market, through its Katimavik volunteer is working with local schools, to start a Youth Booth at the Market, which will be coordinated through our Katimavik Volunteer, so that different youth can come to the Market and share their world with the community: it could be sports teams, youth clubs, school projects, business ideas etc. If you are interested in helping with this initiative, contact Lucrecia at:
March @ the Market
Events at the Market
March 17: Irish Stew Tasting
In celebration of St Patrick’s day, we will be serving up samples of piping hot, hearty Irish stew all market long. Our version of this fine tradition will be chock full of delicious market product. The perfect way to start a day of joyful revelry!
March 31: Maplicious
Maple Syrup: sweet, sticky, and quintessentially Canadian. Join us on March 31 as we celebrate one of Canada’s oldest traditions. Learn maple syrup’s history, see some of the equipment used to harvest it, discover interesting facts (did you know it takes approximately 40 litres of sap to make just one litre of syrup?), and best of all, taste the difference that real maple makes. This ain’t your Aunt Jemima’s pancake topping!
And because I know you are wondering....
April 7: Seedy Saturday
On Saturday, April 7, it's time to get growing with the Wolfville Farmers' Market's annual Seedy Saturday event. Whether you're a seasoned gardener with cold frames and raised beds, or a rookie looking to grow your own food for the first time, we've got the knowledge and seeds you need to succeed. There will be workshops on gardening and seed saving, a seed exchange, seeds and starter plants for sale from local vendors, and plenty of opportunities to share tips and ideas with your fellow green thumbs. Kids can even plant their own seed to take home! Get out your seed catalogs, start planning, and get ready to get dirty!
March Music at the Market
Mar 10: Andy Webster
An inspiring singer, songwriter and string player from Scotland, Andy Webster has been described as one of his generations leading instrumentalists. Websters powerful and varied guitar and bouzouki playing has backed many leading acts including Dougie MacLean, Calasaig, award-winning harpist Phamie Gow, and the Finlay McDonald Band. Visit his band HAWP's website: http://www.hawp.ca
Mar 17: Tom Haddal
Tom Haddal was born in the Town of Lunenburg, and has spent his work career as a marine engineer circumnavigating the world 3 times. It seems only natural that the themes of the sea are evident in this Singer songwriter’s styles. Tom met his future wife Michele onboard an oil tanker they both sailed on. This relationship brought Tom’s music “out of his cabin” and onto the local music scene. They began to sing and play together at benefit shows, open mics, jams and song circles. The Haddals have been collaborating on song writing since then.
Mar 24: Weather Advisory
Weather Advisory is coming to us from the South Shore and offers it's own brand of high energy rock and blues music from the 40's right up to the 80's.
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Mar 31: Hugh Sweeney and Friends
Join Hugh Sweeney, Steve Lee and Rod Cann for some jazz favourites performed on voice, trumpet, guitar and drums.
The Wolfville Farmers' Market Community Room
Renting the Community Room
Interested in renting the Community Room at the Market? For details you can see the rental area on our website. You can also see what dates are already booked. If you are interested in booking a date, please contact Kelly Marie Redcliffe for details at:
Events in the Community Room
Belly Dance Classes: Sister Lotus is holding Belly Dance Classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting in January.. Click here for info.
Winter Walkers: Every Wednesday and Friday, 10:30am-11:30am, put on your indoor shoes and walk the Market ….8 laps=1km. Cost is $2. Comes with coffee and tea.
Yoga for Everyone: Every Wednesday and Friday, noon-1pm, Carol Fellowes offers community yoga for everyone. Its casual, kids are welcome, latecomers smiled at. Cost is $5.
Newcomers Club Monthly Meeting (Feb 7): First Tuesday of every month, 7-9pm.
Say Talent! (Feb 1): First Thursday of every month: Can you Say Talent?! Ages 12-18 are welcome to come perform and support each other on the first Thursday of every month at the Wolfville Farmers' Market from 7-9pm! Free entry! Rock On! Sign up and Information: