The New Glasgow Farmers Market kicked off the new year and new decade with the seasonal opening on Saturday morning.
A good crowd turned out to the opening to get their fill of local goods and catch up with those who they may not have seen over the holiday season.
Market manager Kristi Russell shared that this year she is expecting the dome portion of the market to open around March or April, weather depending.
Fundraising for the new barn that will take the place of the dome is still underway after several fundraisers in 2019 to help fund the project.
“We’re getting there slowly but surely,” said Russell. “We probably have a bit more than half of the funding.”
Along with the money that is left to collect for the project, Russell shared that new drawings will need to be made up as well as there have been a few changes that will be made — especially to the kitchen of the new building — to help with issues like food waste management.
Russell said over the summer and fall, the market’s new venture and fundraiser for the building, Cream of the Crop Ice Cream Shoppe, was a great hit, managing to raise $4,000 after expenses. She wanted to send big thanks to all of the volunteers who spent Saturday mornings scooping ice cream to help out with the fundraising.
Next up for barn fundraising, Russell is working on a plan for corporate sponsorships where she would like to be able to offer companies that would like to donate to the cause a plaque of recognition for their donation. She is hoping that local businesses will be open to the sponsorship idea and welcomes anyone interested to contact her.
Although the market was not packed on Saturday, Russell assured that attendance is always a down a little in the winter. Normally for opening weekend at the beginning of the year, New Glasgow’s annual Chill Out winter carnival kick-off takes place packing the market’s opening weekend. The 2020 event was postponed until February.
“Chill Out is going to be fantastic, it always is,” said Russell. The event that the market plays host to draws large crowds each year for the annual chili competition as well as other fun activities like marshmallow roasting and more.
“It’s a chance for the community to come together and socialize, which is sort of what the market is about,” Russell said.
New Glasgow Farmers Market patrons get their fix of local goods during the opening of the weekly market for the year on Saturday. (Brimicombe photo)