Truro Farmers' Market anniversary a huge success

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TRURO – The Truro Farmers’ Market was one of the hot spots in town on Saturday as it celebrated a milestone.

Market manager Jamie Alcorn confirmed with the Truro Daily News that about 1,900 people gathered to enjoy food, fellowship, children's activities, crafts, vendors, and more to celebrate the first anniversary of the market’s move to an indoor location, the former fire hall, from Outram Street to Young Street.

To kick off the event, Truro Mayor Bill Mills led a round of singing Happy Anniversary, in which hundreds of people joined in. Children were busy with outdoor activities and making balloon animals, while adults enjoyed the wares and entertainment.

Market president Lloyd Mapplebeck told the crowd that he spoke with a visitor from Ontario recently “and they said they go to markets all over and this is best one they’ve been to.”

For many people, they couldn't imagine being elsewhere Saturday morning. Brenda Pellerin, of Truro, begins every weekend by attending the market.

"I walk down every Saturday and always have breakfast here," Pellerin said. "Most people who know me know I'm here."

Pellerin has attended the 33-year-old farmers' market since 1995. She enjoys the newer, indoor facility better than the previous outdoor market that was situated across from MacQuarries Pharmasave.

"This place is better. You have places to sit down, there were no washroom facilities at the other place and there's tons of parking here," she said. “It makes me feel proud of my community and the effort people put into this.”

Truro’s Phil Dauthinee visits the market “occasionally” and believes the new facility is exactly what the community needed.

“Truro is a wonderful place to live and has developed immensely in the last few years … and the market is definitely part of that process. It was a good decision to use the old fire hall because it would’ve been a shame to tear it down and we certainly needed an indoor place” for the market, Dauthinee said.

Newcomer Sharon Hill and her family moved to Truro from Glasgow, Scotland three weeks ago. She was shocked to discover a vibrant farmers’ market in the downtown.

“There is nothing like this in Scotland. I couldn’t believe you have this. It’s really entertaining,” Hill said.

For Laura Grant, of Truro, being a vendor at the indoor market adds a smile to her day.

“It’s fabulous. There’s so much positive energy,” Grant said in between customers on Saturday. “I was at the old site. What a difference. There’s more of a sense of community and togetherness here.”

The market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Dec. 21. It will then re-open in the spring.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

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An estimated more than 1,000 people by late morning gathered to enjoy food, fellowship, children's activities, crafts, vendors, and more.

To kick off the event, Truro Mayor Bill Mills led a round of singing Happy Anniversary, in which hundreds of people joined in. Children were busy with outdoor activities and making balloon animals, while others enjoyed the businesses and entertainment.

For many people, they couldn't imagine being elsewhere Saturday morning. Brenda Pellerin, of Truro, makes sure the market begins her weekend, every weekend.

"I walk down every Saturday and always have breakfast here," Pellerin said. "Most people who know me know I'm here."

Pellerin has attended the 33-year-old farmers' market sine 1995. She enjoys the newer, indoor facility better than the previous outdoor market that was situated on Outram Street across from MacQuarries Pharmasave.

"This place is better. You have places to sit down, there were no washroom facilities at the other place and there's tons of parking here."

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Geographic location: Outram Street

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