Farm­ers’mar­ket ex­pand­ing to in­clude crafters an­nex

Spe­cial Valen­tine’s event set for Satur­day

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

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.”

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