Five fast facts about Muddy Creek Market:
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.”