TRURO – As soon as Ruby and Doug MacKay woke up Saturday, they had one destination in mind.
The Truro couple was eager to get to the Truro Farmers’ Market, as it opened at its Young Street location for a new season on Saturday.
“I’ve been waiting for it to open. Last Saturday I was wishing it was open. I always enjoy meeting people here,” Ruby said at the event, adding they attend the market every Saturday.
“I love the fresh produce here because I know where it comes from,” added Doug.
Jamie Alcorn, market co-ordinator, said the attendance was more than 700, which was an increase from last year’s opening of about 600 people. About 35 vendors were on scene, and new additions including a soap business and fish market drew rave reviews. Alcorn said the outdoor part of the market will remain closed until “it gets warmer.”
Having only the indoor market available on Saturday didn’t deter the customers or vendors. For Harmony’s Sara Grinton it was exciting to have her daughter, Hannah, 14, invited to play guitar and sing for the third time at the market.
“I appreciate that because it’s good for vendors and it’s wonderful for the younger ones to hone their talent and not feel anxious or embarrassed,” said Grinton.
Grinton added she loves the baking offered at the market and “all summer this is where we buy local vegetables and baking.”
Diane Julien, a vendor at the market for 22 years, loves that sense of loyalty customers have.
“People are just glad to be here. There have been the same customers here for years, and a lot of new faces too. I think people were anxious to get here,” said Julien, who sells grave flowers, scarves and headbands.
Truro’s Ron Laking is a new market vendor. On Saturday, he was selling photography and cards with proceeds going to St. Andrew’s United Church’s outreach programs and the Colchester Food Bank. He was also selling walking canes, which he’s been making for about 20 years.
“At first it was a hobby; now it’s an obsession. I love to work with wood,” Laking said, adding he is pleased he is a vendor this season.
“This is a classy venue ... and people are starving to get out.”
The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Dec. 20. It will also feature a community dinner the last Wednesday of every month from May to September. It will tentatively be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and participants will pay $10 at the door to receive market coins. Those coins would be used towards vendors’ food for the meal. The initiative, which will include entertainment, will replace the mid-week Wednesday market that was held in previous years.
Educational events, guest speakers, children’s activities and
festivals are also expected to be offered throughout the season.