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MINISTER MACKAY ANNOUNCES IMPROVEMENTS TO THE NEW GLASGOW RIVERFRONT FARMERS’ MARKET

 

March 20, 2011 - NEW GLASGOW, Nova Scotia

Pictou County will benefit from extensive improvements
planned for the New Glasgow Riverfront Farmers’ Market,
with the assistance of the Government of Canada.

“The Farmers’ Market has been an overwhelming success for
both farmers and the public—and a prime destination for
visitors,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of
National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova,
on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of
National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Minister for the Atlantic
Gateway. “Our government’s investment ensures that local
vendors and businesses have access to a high quality venue
to support the continued growth of a successful community
initiative.”

A pilot farmers’ market was held in New Glasgow during the
summer of 2008 and was so successful that a permanent
facility was established in time for the summer season in
2010. The current project involves modifications to the
interior of the market building, including completion of
washrooms, improvements to the canteen and storage area,
installation of interior lighting, a seating area, and a
small platform for performers. Exterior improvements
include the construction of an access road to the rear of
the building for vendors, seeding around the facility and
signage.

“These improvements will increase sales opportunities for
vendors and ultimately provide them with increased
profits,” said Mayor Barrie MacMillan. “The market serves
as a great way to bring Pictou County residents together
and is a prime tourism destination, allowing visitors to
experience what our community has to offer.”

The Government of Canada’s investment of $41,714 is
provided through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF).
The Town of New Glasgow will contribute an additional
$10,429.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

Minister MacKay announced that the New Glasgow’s waterfront
farmers’ market will undergo extensive improvements in time
for the summer season. The New Glasgow Farmers’ Market Co-
operative will receive $41,714 from the Government of
Canada for improvements to the interior of the market
building and construction of an access road as well as
landscaping and signage.

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Christopher Brooks
Manager, Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-4790/902- 789-5184 (cell)
Email : Chris.Brooks@acoa-apeca.gc.ca