NEW GLASGOW – Traditionally, the Harvest Time event at the New Glasgow Farmer’s Market has marked the end of the season and the harvest, however, thanks to the new year-round building, the event is now a celebration of a successful summer season and the ushering in of the holiday season.
“Now we can celebrate all of the goods that we have and incorporate Halloween so it’s a lot of fun for the kids,” explains Kristi Russell, market manager.
This year’s event is taking place on Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., open hours of the market, and will include fun for the whole family.
“We have a pumpkin and apple baking contest again this year,” says Russell.
“The judges are Nancy Dicks (mayor-elect); Barrie MacMillan (current mayor); and Jim Stewart (town crier) and judging is taking place at 10:30 a.m.”
There will also be a costume contest for children 12 years of age and under at 11:30 a.m.
“This is something new for us this year,” notes Russell. “There will be prizes for first, second and third place, but everyone who participates will get a treat.”
The children can also trick or treat at the various vendors at the market throughout the morning and enjoy the craft table.
Returning this year will be live animals as well.
“We have Little Dan D Farm bringing animals from their farm this year, a sheep, a pig, a calf, lay hen and a meat king hen and Knotty Farms will be bringing rabbits and a rooster,” she says.
Kim Dickson, marketing and communications director for the Town of New Glasgow, notes the farm animals were a big hit among market-goers of all ages last year.
Also new this year for the event will be photo sessions.
“Heather MacDonald with Wonderland Photography will have a little display set up where she can do Halloween photo shoots with the children in their costumes for a small fee,” says Russell. “The photos will then be emailed to the participants.”
Musical entertainment for the day includes Glen Jackson and Pat Spaulding performing live and there will be free mulled apple cider samples.
“It’s a great attraction, not only for residents, but for visitors to the area who come to see the fall foliage,” says Dickson.
Russell adds, “It’s also a nice segue into our holiday season.”
The market will remain open through December 17 with Christmas markets December 10 and 17 with a special visit from Santa. There will also be an evening market on Wednesday, December 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. for those who cannot make it out on the weekends.
“It’s great because people can come and have supper from one of our prepared food vendors and enjoy some holiday shopping in both of our buildings.”
Thanks to fundraising, the market has been able to purchase a heater for the dome so the November and December markets don’t get too chilly.
“It really creates a different atmosphere when you can go to the market at Christmas time when the weather is cooler (and possibly snowing).
Judges Nancy Dicks, mayor-elect; Jim Stewart, town crier; and Barrie MacMillan, current mayor of New Glasgow, sample some of the tasty pies during last year’s pie baking contest as part of Harvest Time at the New Glasgow Farmer’s Market. (Submitted photo)