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New Glasgow Farmers Market Expanding with Construction of New Building

November 08, 2014 - New Glasgow


The New Glasgow Farmers Market brings together residents and visitors of Pictou County once a week to enjoy local food, crafts, art and more. The neighbourhood feel and sense of community make for a welcoming ambience and a relaxing weekend activity.

The Market provides local farmers and artisans with the opportunity to connect with consumers, test new products and build their clientele. It also meets the needs of the ever-increasing health-conscious consumer who wants to know where their food is coming from and how it is grown. With over 40 vendors, the Farmers Market offers a wide variety of products and services in one convenient location.

In response to popular demand and a growing number of vendors, the Town of New Glasgow is constructing an additional building, doubling its overall capacity. The new 60’ x 60’ structure will be adjacent to the existing dome and will enable the Farmers Market to move from a seasonal to a year-round operation.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is helping to support the farmers market with a $250,070 contribution to the Town of New Glasgow through its Innovative Communities Fund. The New Glasgow Farmers Market Cooperative is also investing $15,000 in the expansion.

Quick Facts:
  • The Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County each provided $63,000 for the project.
  • The farmers market is operated by the New Glasgow Farmers Market Cooperative comprised of market producers and vendors.
  • Farmers markets have gained a reputation for revitalizing downtowns and encouraging spending at surrounding local businesses. A May 2014 economic impact study undertaken for the Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative (FMNS) showed that on average, each adult market visitor spent more than $15 at nearby shops and, in some communities, that figure was as much as $29 per adult customer per visit.
  • Based on average spending and attendance, the overall economic impact of the New Glasgow Farmers Market's current season is approximately $1.38M.
  • Due to the number of farmers markets in Nova Scotia tripling over the last 10 years, the province now has the highest number of markets per capita in Canada.
  • The 2012 BMO Survey: Canadians Willing to Pay a Significant Premium to Eat Local Food, concluded that Canadians feel the number one benefit of buying local is to support Canadian farmers. Consumers are willing to pay 16 per cent more for local fruit and vegetables and 19 per cent more for local meats.
Quotes:

“Farmers markets enable producers and artisans to connect directly with their customers developing lasting relationships based on their locally produced quality goods. Our Government is pleased to support the Town of New Glasgow in the construction of this new facility as it will enable year-round operations, support local entrepreneurs and generate economic growth.” 

      - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova

“The New Glasgow Farmers Market is an important component of our Community Economic Development Plan as it has a significant impact on our local economy. It has grown into a strong regional asset and an authentic tourist destination which we are proud to continually invest in and support. The hard work and dedication of the vendors and the Cooperative have provided a place to not only buy and sell products, but also a weekend community gathering place. This expansion will allow our region to enjoy the farmers market year-round while supporting local agriculture and artisans. 

      - Barrie E MacMillan, Mayor, Town of New Glasgow

"We are delighted at the news of funding for an expansion of the New Glasgow Farmers Market and appreciate the investments from our partners. Each week we see in excess of 1,000 customers come through our doors and we welcome this opportunity to provide local food and goods year-round in an enhanced space that will help us better serve our customers and grow the market."

      - Melissa Zimmerman, President of the New Glasgow Farmers Market Board

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Contacts:

Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
613-941-7241

Alex Smith
Director, Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell)
E-mail: Alex.Smith@acoa-apeca.gc.ca  

Kim Dickson
Director of Marketing & Communications
Town of New Glasgow
902-755-0356
E-mail: kimberly.dickson@newglasgow.ca