A market to call their own
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.