"The market was a good day for the first day," said Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market manager Mary Ellen Scott.
After the first market of the new year on Feb. 2, vendors packed up their goods to go out into the sunny, but cold, weather.
In spite of the chilly conditions, 18 vendors set up their wares in the Farmers’ Market building at the Creamery Square. Most were full-time regular members offering the wonderful homemade and home-crafted items they will bring to market each week.
However, there was a new product line welcomed at this first market of the season. The new vendors are a mother and daughter team, Pauline Glenn – and Shelly Canfield – who produce gluten-free baked goods. Over the years, many customers have asked if anyone is providing gluten-free goods, so their table will fill a void in the list of items that are available at the local market. Now they can be directed to the table with the large sign over it saying, "Gluten Free Products."
At this first market, a group of ladies from Hampton, N.B., who were spending the weekend at the Tatamagouche Center, stopped by, as well as a couple from Truro. The Truro folks mentioned that they had seen the newly launched market website, so it seems that our local market is indeed keeping up with "the times" and the site will improve our market.
Members of the market are pleased a website for the Tatamagouche market was designed. The site is www.tatamogouchefarmersmarket.ca.
Along with general market information, there is a photo of each vendor at their table along with information about their products. The online photo gallery shows about 100 images that will be updated weekly as, at each market, new pictures are taken and put up for viewing. Market visitors are welcome to submit photos of their own to the site.
Breakfasts are available. Just pull up the market blog on the site to see the breakfast menu, and there are tables set up inside in the corner overlooking the river to enjoy your meal.
The market offers a wide variety of baked goods, local books, crafts, soap and jewelry.
It seems more and more people are using the slogan, ‘Meet me at the Market’ on Saturday mornings. Winter hours are from 8 a.m. until noon.
Ellen Millard is a historian, author and longtime resident of Sand Point, near Tatamagouche. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.