Busiest opening day ever GO if you
And there were new people with new goods and services.
“There are new vendors,” said Roberts Warner. “A shoemaker who makes custom shoes and boots, hand-dyed yarns, a family farm with haskap jams, frozen bread dough, flavoured syrups, another family farm with quilts, knitting, jams and pickles, yet another family farm with veggies, an artist with baskets, one more family farm with maple syrup, handmade buttons, hand-spun yarns, grains, granola and hooked mats, an artist making jewelry of little bottles with plants inside. Also some regular vendors with new products, such as their own oyster mushrooms.”
She could go on.
It’s as much a social event as it is a shopping destination – but many regulars are there every week for their fresh vegetables, baked goods and condiments, such as jellies, jams and pickles. And, of course, there’s the coffee and conversations, the ready-to-eat food and the chance to meet old friends – and make new ones.
“If the fist market is any indication, this season is shaping up to be a terrific season,” she said. “There were even a few American visitors saying because of, well you know who, there will be many more American visitors.”
Roberts Warner said the opening day atmosphere was fun. “Vendors and customers -- Bring a camera. The market is located across the street from the wharf and boat haul-up and offers a stunning view of Granville Ferry.
-- Town Crier Peter Davies proclaims the market open at 10 a.m. and there is always musical entertainment.
-- If you’re prepared to stay in Annapolis Royal all day, visit King’s Theatre across the street from the market. Billboards will tell you what’s happening there.
-- Visit O’dell House Museum or Sinclair Inn Museum – both two-minute walks from the market.
-- Fort Anne National Historic Site is a fiveminute walk up Saint George Street. It’s the oldest national historic site in Canada. -- Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens is also on Saint George Street and is open daily.
were happy to see each other after the winter,” she said. “There were lots of laughs and hugs.”
More than 100 vendors pack Market Square at 178 Saint George Street on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The stalls are filled and the tables spill out the back of the square and down a stretch of Church Street past Ye Olde Towne Pub -and halfway to St. Anthony Street.
Getting from one end to the other can take all morning. You don’t want to hurry – you want to savour.
Annapolis Royal’s Farmers and Traders Market launched its 41st year with its biggest opening day crowd ever. There were lots of new vendors, hundreds of customers, lots of coffee and conversation, and a good feeling for the future. The market runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Market Square off Saint George Street.