May 19: Outdoor Courtyard Opens
The Wolfville Farmers’ Market Kicks Off Summer Season
WOLFVILLE, NS - The new outdoor Market Courtyard kicks off this Saturday May 19, followed by the return of the Wednesday Market on May 23rd.
Outdoors on Saturdays, customers will find more vendors as well as a new courtyard area that will be home to weekly live music. Inside, the number of indoor Vendors will also increase and the yurt play area will remain.
Later in the week, on May 23, Wolfville’s Wednesday Market returns for the second season. Highlights of the mid-week market include vendors in every category, a children’s craft table, live music each week, and the Community Market Supper ($10). The Wednesday Market will also now feature different health and community themes each week where community organizations will be invited to share their experience and services at the market; this in thanks to a partnership with the Town of Wolfville and Cochrane’s Pharmasave as well as the support of the Eastern Kings Memorial Health Foundation. In 2011, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market found success hosting a few theme nights, such as diabetes, where market-goers could have their blood sugar tested, or Diwali, where the Hindu Festival of Lights was honoured, and many vendors had special Indian menu items for sale. Information on this year’s themes will be available in the coming weeks on the market’s website. Wednesday markets will take place from 4-7pm every week until the end of December.
The start of the summer season also marks two significant anniversaries for the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. One year ago, the market relocated into its current home, an 18th-century apple packing warehouse that had been renovated into a purpose-built market space.
2011 was an important year for the market, one that saw publicity, vendor numbers, and customer numbers grow significantly. Market manager Kelly Marie Redcliffe reflects on the first year in the new location: “After a full year in our new home, I think it is fair to say that this venture has been everything we had hoped it would be and more. Vendors have been able to increase products, grow their businesses and consequently offer a more diversified and consistent product, customers have responded with greater and more consistent attendance as well as an overwhelming chorus of positive feedback. We have been able to build more partnerships and develop the Community Room as another valuable place for the community. We have a solid foundation, and are not resting on our laurels, there is more to be done and we are excited to be able to do this as a proud participant in this vibrant community.”
The summer of 2012 also marks the 20th anniversary of the market’s first-ever season. Now with 70 vendors and 2 markets a week in a permanent space, the market sticks to the same principles that guided it all those years ago when there were just 3 vendors selling product from the backs of their trucks at the Robie Tufts parking lot.
For more information: www.wolfvillefarmersmarket.ca
Kelly Marie Redcliffe
Manager, Wolfville Farmers’ Market