It will be a sweet summer at the New Glasgow Farmers Market this year with the grand opening of Cream of the Crop Ice Cream Shoppe this coming long weekend in the market’s dome building.
The kitchen in the market is usually rented out each year to a vendor; however, with no new proposals this year market manager Kristi Russell decided to take a leap to broaden revenue streams for the market and help save money for the upcoming barn project by opening an ice cream stand.
“The proceeds from that will help us with our barn raising,” said Russell.
For this summer, the stand will be run by volunteers who want to help out the market in raising money for the barn; they will be serving Scotsburn ice cream in some of your favourite ways.
Ice cream floats with Garrison and Chill Street Soda, sundaes and ice cream in a cone or dish will be available on market Saturdays all summer long, beginning on May 18. Loyalty cards for the stand will be available as well offering a 10th ice cream free after the purchase of nine.
Russell shared that other than regular costs for the market, all surplus money and money raised will go toward helping raise the barn. Russell has been working on a number of fundraisers to help build the barn and is ready to take things to the next step after finding out the final quote for how much she will need to raise to take down the dome, remediate the surface and prepare it for the barn as well as the construction of the building.
In total, the big new red barn will cost $620,000; to do this Russell said they already have some funds to help out. So far, a group of vendors has put together $1,200 toward helping raise the new structure for the market that allows them to sell their products.
The market barn will look like a traditional red barn and stand at one and a half storeys high, the same height as the current dome. The barn will also include awnings on the side for storage as well as seating for customers to enjoy their market treats.
“It’s going to be one floor, that way we can keep that community feel,” said Russell.
Along with fundraisers, donation bins are located at the market on Saturdays and a Go Fund Me page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/raisethebarnngfm; 50/50 draw or basket tickets are available as is the opportunity to become a corporate sponsor.
“We’re going with Dinner by the River,” said Russell about their latest upcoming fundraiser event. Along the road directly beside the permanent Farmers Market building, Dinner by the River will host 150 to 170 guests for an evening catered by Pantry Kitchen and accompanied by entertainment by Men About Town with Mike and the MacPhersons ready to liven things up. Tickets are $85 and include the three-course meal, entertainment by the two live bands as well as wine and a drive home with CHAD transit.
The dinner will take place August 10 with tickets going on sale June 4, online only.
Also in the works for barn fundraising will be a silent auction event with Wranglers in October including some one-of-a-kind items that will be up for grabs at the event. Not long after this, the Winter Wonderland event will take place on December 7 with the Kilted Chef Alain Bosse and the Kitchen Criminals to kick off a Maritime Christmas. Tickets for this event will be on sale in November and will be available online only as well.