A mar­ket to call their own

The Victoria Standard - - Health / Community - SEAN MACDOUGALL

Four years in, and Joella Foulds is still watch­ing her com­mu­nity pass through wide-open doors of the lo­cal fire­hall, into the Ross Ferry Farm­ers’ Mar­ket. Foulds is co-cre­ator of the sum­mer­time mar­ket held ev­ery Sun­day from 1 to 3pm at the Ross Ferry Fire­hall.

Foulds ini­tially went to the Ross Ferry Ste­ward­ship So­ci­ety to ful­fill an idea of start­ing a farm­ers’ mar­ket in her com­mu­nity. The com­mit­tee now run­ning the mar­ket was born with the help of Foulds and fel­low res­i­dents in the Ross Ferry area. Although she did help cre­ate the Sun­day af­fair, it wasn’t her first time bring­ing an idea to fruition. She also co-founded and man­aged the Celtic Colours In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val for more than twenty years un­til re­tir­ing from it in 2016.

The farm­ers’ mar­ket plays host to sev­eral ven­dors ev­ery Sun­day like Terri Shob­brook, the ste­ward­ship so­ci­ety’s chair, whose ta­ble of pho­tographs de­pict­ing the nat­u­ral land­scape of Cape Bre­ton, sit along­side fresh loaves of home­made bread.

“I re­mem­ber our first mar­ket,” said Shob­brook. “We cried. We’re stand­ing here and it was full of peo­ple and we were just like ‘oh my god, they came.’”

As you walk through the fire hall, young mu­si­cians from Boularderie Is­land can be heard play­ing above the chat­ter of mar­ket go­ers.

Move up the steps into the next room, and you can find Chef Lars Wil­lum in the fire hall kitchen serv­ing de­li­cious eats such as his Dan­ish puff balls with a touch of whipped cream and fruit on the side.

To the right of the kitchen, you will find a ta­ble set-up with tall boy cans from Vic­to­ria County’s Big Spruce brew­ing com­pany.

The mar­ket that Foulds cre­ated four years ago hasn’t changed much, and she in­tends for it to stay that way - a place where sense of com­mu­nity is felt as soon as you walk past the fire en­gines on the front lawn, over to the first ta­ble you en­counter in­side the hall.

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