Five fast facts about Muddy Creek Mar­ket:

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Jenna Fitzger­ald de­cided to make lemon­ade with the lemons life handed her.

For years, Fitzger­ald and her boyfriend, Blaine Ford wanted to turn their prop­erty into a farm with a home­stead.

But things were put on hold when Fitzger­ald learned she was preg­nant. As well, she dis­lo­cated her knee in March.

“Life kinda stepped in and changed our plans, but that’s OK. But now, since I’m off work be­cause of my knee, I fig­ured I need some­thing to do.”

Fitzger­ald’s friends told her she should start paint­ing again since she would be home most days un­able to work. – Owner: Jenna Fitzger­ald – Face­book: www.face­book. com/TheMud­dyCreekMar­ket/ – Phone num­ber: 902-8542301

– Lo­ca­tion: 4006 Route 11, Mis­couche

– Prod­ucts: Pho­tog­ra­phy; paint­ings; knitwear; lo­cal pro­duce; trin­kets; wood­work items.

Then things into place.

“I thought about turn­ing part of our barn into a lit­tle mar­ket. We’ve been sell­ing veg­eta­bles at a lit­tle stand for the past few years, but why not also sell pho­to­graphs and paint­ings and knitwear and other trin­kets in started to fall the barn as well.”

So Fitzger­ald and Ford de­cided to put her idea on Face­book, start­ing the Muddy Creek Mar­ket.

“I put the mar­ket out on so­cial me­dia and thought if peo­ple take in­ter­est in it, great. If not, that’s OK. But now it’s re­ally taken off, there are a lot of peo­ple who want to have their stuff in the mar­ket.”

Fitzger­ald wants the mar­ket to have a “come see what’s go­ing on at the farm” kind of vibe.

“I just want peo­ple to come and have some fun and sup­port lo­cal artists and pro­duc­ers.”

For her, find­ing out what needed to be done be­fore open­ing day was the hard­est part.

“I can’t move around re­ally great be­cause of my knee, but our fam­i­lies have been re­ally sup­port­ive and help­ful.

“Even­tu­ally we were able to get (the barn) cleaned out and painted. I only just got things hung up on the walls. Things are com­ing to­gether.”

Fitzger­ald says the St. Ni­cholas lo­ca­tion for the mar­ket is ideal.

“In the sum­mer there is a lot of tourist traf­fic on the road. Peo­ple stop for a photo of the barn or the fields that are nearby. There’s also a beach up the road so we get to meet a lot of peo­ple.”

This sum­mer is go­ing to be a test run for the mar­ket, she said.

“I’d like to be able to get enough peo­ple in­ter­ested where they want to come back.”

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