Farmers’market expanding to include crafters annex
Special Valentine’s event set for Saturday
SYDNEY — The Cape Breton Farmers’ Market Co-operative has expanded and renovated a portion of its facility to house a new Cape Breton Crafters Annex.
The crafters annex will house over 50 crafters, each showcasing an extensive range of handcrafts including, country-style wooden furniture, hand-knitted children’s clothes, toys, jewellery, pottery, potted plants and garden items, fresh homemade jams, and assorted glassware exclusive to Cape Breton.
According to a release from the co-operative, the annex will give Cape Breton crafters access to regular clientele and high traffic, noting the market attracted an estimated 50,000 customers last year. Any crafter interested in renting a space in the annex is encouraged to go to the site at www.capebretoncraftersannex.co m, or call 371-1481, for more information.
The Cape Breton Farmers’ Market is open year-round, each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Beyond the addition of the crafters annex, the Cape Breton Farmers’ Market is reporting significant growth in the past year. The number of vendors has doubled at the market, there’s topquality local produce and lots of interesting products including jams, jellies, preserves, pastries, natural and organic breads, oat- cakes, pies, cakes, certified organic coffee, tea, and chocolate. Market food vendors also offer full breakfasts and lunches, pasta dishes, chili, and many snack and specialty items.
“ We’re very pleased with the new additions to our market. Customer and vendor feedback on the improvements has been tremendously positive,” said John Cook, manager of the market. “Over the last year we have doubled the number of breakfasts served, as well the foods served by our vendors in general. This is a very exciting time for the Cape Breton Farmers Market and we’d like to thank all our supporters.”
The market also hosts special events on a regular basis. Saturday, for example, they’ll host a Valentine’s brunch called IncrEDIBLE Brunch sponsored by Select Nova Scotia. Food vendors and producers will also provide samples of their foods to market visitors, a baker will host a cookie decorating corner and there will be local entertainment.
There will also be a printmaking corner, open to artists of all ages, led by visual artist Nancy Chiasson and some of her art students. The focus will be on printing on recycled papers, using old cards and pages of damaged books to create a one of a kind special valentines.
“ The focus will be on making your own fun, not buying it,” said Chiasson. “ The students and I are really excited to share this fine art making technique.”