Busiest open­ing day ever GO if you

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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.

So­cial event

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.

LAWRENCE POW­ELL

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.

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