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Launch of WFM2Go

Wolfville Farmers Market

The Wolfville Farmers’ Market is thrilled to share news that it is launching WFM2Go, an on-line store and weekly community delivery service designed to offer convenient access to fresh and local products while also building a robust local economy and healthy connected communities.

As the WFM inaugurates this service, it will start with fourteen WFM vendors offering approximately 150 products and in partnership with three Community Hubs in Canning, Berwick and Wolfville.  Customers can choose precisely the products they would like to order with this weekly service.

The Wolfville Farmers’ Market will offer this service year-round and is particularly excited to work with the early adopters (vendors, community hubs and customers) throughout each season. This new food distribution system has the potential to vastly increase the sustainability of its smaller producers while offering convenience, accessibility and connection for customers who will pay the same prices as those at the brick and mortar Wolfville Farmers’ Market.

“We are excited about this project because it improves accessibility to local food for more Nova Scotians and because it creates increased opportunities for small farms and businesses to sell their products and grow as local entrepreneurs – something that we feel is an important step for building a more resilient, local economy,”  said Jocelyn Durston of Seven Acres Farm.

The website is now ready for customers to sign up for an account, and starting on Wednesday, June 28th at 7 pm, customers can place orders for the first delivery date of Wednesday, July 5th.

When customers shop online they can search by product type or producer, and choose the community location where they would like to pick up their products.  The weekly ordering cut off on Monday at 5 pm allows enough time for producers to harvest and assemble products according to orders and bring them to the Market on Wednesday afternoons where WFM2Go will aggregate and then deliver to Community Hubs in Canning and Berwick for Wednesday evening.  There will also be an option to pick up at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market itself during the Wednesday Market Suppers.  

The Community Hubs are made up of people and organizations interested in increasing access to fresh local food in their community.  Each Hub, while offering a pick-up hour for the WFM2Go orders, will have unique programming depending on the needs and assets of their community.  Hub programs or events can include a speakers series, opportunities for other local vendors, recipe swaps or sampling demos and Meet the Farmer Days.  Depending on the partners involved in each Hub, there will be opportunities for community members to donate gift certificates so that others in their community may be given the opportunity to participate as well, to further increase access to fresh and local products.

“I am excited about the opportunity to bring people and communities together and to break another barrier to accessing local agriculture for community members,” said Jennie Weisner Director of Canning Recreation and the Hub Host for the Canning Community Hub.

Those who wish to become early adopters of this service can read more and sign-up now at: https://wfm2go.localfoodmarketplace.com.  We have also started a WFM2Go

Facebook Page and Instagram Account for those who want to be part of the WFM2Go Community.

“This project has been a long time coming,” said Wolfville Farmers’ Market Manager, Kelly Marie Redcliffe.  “We haven’t been able to find any other examples of a Farmers’ Market launching its own online store and delivery service for their community members, but there are many food hubs, community shared agriculture programs and web developers working to help increase access to local food and we are grateful to all those who have blazed this trail and helped us along the way.  Mostly, however, I am grateful for our vendors who impress me every week with their amazing products and generosity of spirit.  In every way this project has been designed with their sincere wish to nourish and better the health of our communities.  It’s the kind of success I feel so privileged to be part of and I am very excited by the possibilities,”

Wolfville Farmers Market logo 

 

Media Contacts

WFM2Go Contact
Kelly Marie Redcliffe
manager@wolfvillefarmersmarket.ca
902.690.7951

 

Canning Hub Contact
Jennie Weisner
902.582.2033
director@canningrecreation.com

Berwick Hub Contact
Kelsey Best
bestkelsey902@gmail.com
902-670-7448

 

New Welcome Signs for Canning

CABDA Canning Welcome Sign
Back row (left to right): Tim Maxner, CABDA Co-Chair; Gary Long, CABDA Secretary; Crystal Maxner, CABDA Treasurer; Everett MacPherson, Village Commission Chair;
Front Row (Left to right): June Granger, CABDA Chair; Wanda Sheffield, Village Commissioner; Michael Gabriel, CABDA Branding Committee Chair.
Photo by Deborah Nicholson, with thanks.

“Always a Warm Welcome” and some colourful graphics greet visitors and residents when they arrive at Canning Village. The new signs, located at the four entrances to the village (via Highway 358 and Highway 221 from both directions) are the result of some very dedicated efforts by the Canning and Area Business Development Association (CABDA), in a spirited partnership with The Village of Canning. Professional installation was performed by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to insure sturdy, optimal placement of the four signs.

The work was made possible thanks to a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia and some tireless work by CABDA’s Branding Committee (Sandra Gunther, Kim MacQuarrie, June Granger, and chair, Michael Gabriel).

Since its inception in 2012, CABDA has achieved some visible results in helping to revitalise Canning, which include a bright new logo and tagline, the planting and maintenance of pretty floral planters, the design and printing of roadside banners, collectible postcards, and historical posters, the construction of hand-made wooden outdoor benches, and installation of bicycle racks throughout the village. These efforts represent a sense of renewed energy that’s capturing people’s attention and imagination, with creative new businesses opening and thriving, new home construction and renovations, and a contagious sense of pride in the community.

CABDA welcomes new members who have vision, and a desire to make a difference. If you’re a business person and want to become involved with developing the face and character of this region, you’re welcome to attend CABDA’s quarterly meetings and join for a modest $30 per year. For more information visit our Facebook page.

Annapolis Valley Chef Michael Williams Awarded Chef of the Year 2017

Chef Michael Williams - Crystany's Brasserie
Chef Michael Williams – Crystany’s Brasserie

Michael Williams, chef of Crystany’s Brasserie in Canning, Nova Scotia, was recently recognised for his achievements at the annual ApEx Event held at the Halifax Casino, March 27, 2017. He received the prestigious Chef of the Year – Independent Food Service Award for the Atlantic Provinces.

ApEx is known as “Canada’s Premier Foodservice and Hospitality Event.”  It brings together a very wide range of representatives from the food and beverage industry, from chefs and line cooks to caterers and restaurant owners and operators. The giant exhibition takes time to also acknowledge the accomplishments of notable people in the industry, like Williams.

Williams is an accomplished young chef and graduate of the Culinary Arts Program at NSCC. Originally from Jackson, Tennessee, he’s honed his professional skills in Bridgewater, Lunenburg, and Halifax, and has been calling Nova Scotia his permanent home for years.  Now he’s the chef of Nova Scotia’s first entirely gluten-free dining establishment, Crystany’s Brasserie, which he operates with his partner, Brittany Maxner. His skills at preparing magnificent gluten-free dishes has gained a lot of admiration and appreciation by gluten-intolerant and regular patrons alike.

In response to his receipt of the coveted award, Williams remarked “I’m super happy to be given such a high honour, but that doesn’t mean I’m done; it just means I’ve got to strive to be even better.”

Crystany’s Brasserie is located at 9848 Main St., Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada  B0P 1H0. Visit their web site at http://www.crystanysbrasserie.com.

Architect Receives Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards Hon. Mention

Houdini Design award winning desk
Houdini Design award winning desk

Canning Area architect Lisa Tondino of  Houdini Design has received the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards in Architecture, Honourable Mention for Furniture Design Table and Workstation. Congratulations, Houdini Design!

Kelcey Hiltz, Princess Canning 2106

 

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Congratulations to Miss Kelcey Hiltz, Princess Canning 2106!

On behalf of the Canning Village Commission, businesses, and residents we
would like to congratulate Miss Kelcey Hiltz for being selected as 2nd Lady
in Waiting to Queen Annapolisa the 84th! The Canning float was also selected
as First Artistic Princess Float during the parade.

This is a wonderful accomplishment and testament of how Kelcey has shown to
be a graceful, confident leader and role model for the youth to follow, as
well as being a dedicated representative for the Village. Kelcey has made Canning
Village very proud and we look forward to seeing her and her child
attendant, Lyla Holt, at various events throughout the Annapolis Valley
throughout the year. Please support Kelcey as she visits events throughout
the year!