The mainstay of our business is providing Nova Scotia Produce and Product that is sourced directly from the farmers and producers. We strive to obtain the best and freshest available. To ensure this I make one or two purchasing trips to the Annapolis Valley every week. There are occasions that demand will make a third trip necessary. If it is not in season nor grown/produced in Nova Scotia you will not find here.
The market is situated on land that has been in my husband’s family for more than 125 years. In the early 1990’s we acquired this property and made the move . All was perfect with one exception. Having grown up in Port William I was used to Annapolis produce and it was difficult to settle for anything less. Consequently we began making regular treks to the Valley to procure produce. In 2011 we made the decision to open the market. Some of the farmers I buy from are people that I went to school with and my family used to buy from some of these very same farms.
At present we grow and sell a variety of our own crops: garlic, tomatoes, beans, onions, shallots, parsley, blueberries and rhubarb. In the future we hope to expand this selection. We also plant Balsam fir Christmas trees and have a choose and cut lot or you can select from pre-cut trees at the market. Additionally I make and sell hand tied Christmas wreaths.
In the fall we stock bales of straw which is popular for gardeners, landscapers, it may be used as bedding for animals or just decorating.
The market originally opened as a seasonal venture from May to December; But requests from my customers quickly switched it to year round.
There are approximately 25 different farms from whom we purchase. The support and service I get from them is amazing and affirming. They truly appreciate my dedication to the promotion of local crops and the farmers that produce them. Nova Scotia has a rich agricultural heritage and it’s important to remember that if we don’t support our local farms they will fail to exist.