The Halifax Farmers' Market (AKA The Brewery Market) is ground zero for anyone who wants to eat fresh, local food that is grown in a conscientious and sustainable way. The local restaurant industry relies on it to offer local food for its dishes, and so should you. From Norbert Kungl's organically farmed goods to Boulangerie La Vendeenne to Gourmandise Avenue to Big Life Whole Foods to the Hutten Family Farm and dozens more, it's all happening here. Soon to relocate to the Seaport.
Dartmouth Farmers' Market
Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, 461-4698,
Between 15 and 20 vendors appear in winter and up to 50 in the spring, baskets full of fresh, local vegetables and naturally produced meat products. In its 33rd year, the market has seen the farmers age, but new producers are always coming. The market has a huge base in the Mennonite community and, of course, all their faming practices are community-based and pesticide-free.
Hubbards Farmers' Markets
57 Highway 3, Hubbards,
8am-noon, Saturdays, May-October
Found in the heart of Hubbards at the Hubbards Barn and Community Park, the market is open Saturdays from 8am to noon, May through October, offering a regular complement of 35 vendors bringing in fair trade and organic coffee, organic meats, fruits and vegetables, fish, jewellery, furniture, crafts and the like. In October there's a Thanksgiving Harvest market, and though it all shuts down for the season by the end of the month, they reopen for a Saturday in early December for a Christmas market.
Elmsdale Farmers' Market
Elmsdale Legion, 50 Old Enfield Road, 225-4181,
8am-1pm, Saturdays, June-October
Just 15 minutes past the airport, you'll find the market at the Elmsdale Legion. In 2007, their first year, they regularly saw between 10 and 15 vendors, offering fresh vegetables, organic coffee and tea, flowers, jewellery, handmade crafts, honey, bread, flowers, pies and skin care products.
Lunenburg Farmers' Market
Community Centre Parking Lot, off Victoria Road, 521-4107
8am-noon, Thursdays, May-October
Though the vendors all "come from different worlds" they "combine as characters in an ever-changing improv show-a living theatre that plays variations on the same theme each time" once a week. Or so says the website, which promotes the "all local, all fabulous" varieties of products, including plants, fruit and vegetables, baked goods, floral arrangements, organic produce, meat and eggs, fish and seafood and ready-to-eat food.
Stewiacke Valley Farmers' Market
4180 Hwy 289, Upper Stewiacke
8am-noon, Saturdays, June-October
You can find the market busy and bustling at the Upper Stewiake fire hall, "a place of new growth and handmade treasures." This year will be its sixth year in operation, and you can expect fresh meats, produce, organic cheese, products from Just Us!, crafts and even dog biscuits, all produced in the region.
Wolfville Farmers' Market
Acadia Student Union Building, Highland Avenue, Wolfville, 902-678-8568
One of the things that makes Wolfville different is that it's as much a cultural event as it is a market, with family activities, tastings, cooking demos and live music often a part of the experience. With approximately 60 vendors appearing weekly with 60 percent of those being primary producers and the remaining, such as bakers, being secondary. The market is packed local artistans, fibre artists, hemp, recycled wool and other clothing producers, every kind of meat, green produce, plants and artists of all stripes. Later this the market will relocate permanently to Acadia's DeWolfe Building.