Barns of the Eastern Shore Lecture

The Fieldwood Heritage Society is pleased to invite you to a presentation by Gordon Hammond on The Barns of the Eastern Shore. Old barns are iconic, beautiful parts of our landscape which are rapidly being lost, taking with them important insights into the creativity of early Nova Scotian farmers. Gordon is a professional museum planner, and has been instrumental in developing Memory Lane Heritage Village. Please join us this Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 from 6-8 pm. The event will start with a tour of Kevin Wood’s barn on highway 358, located in Port Williams NS, just south of Church Street (with the large white barns), and continue with Gordon’s presentation at the St John’s Anglican Church Hall (on the corner of Church Street and Highway 358). Parking is available at the church. Admission is $10 (cash or cheque only, please). Refreshments will be served. See attached poster for details.

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Canada Day festivities in Canning

So much fun and activity this year at Canning’s Farmhouse Inn B&B‘s Annual Canada Day celebration,  Crystany’s Brasserie, and ice cream emporium, i scream Ice Cream Shop!

This year was even more special in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Gracious hosts Lynn and Rod Eisener provided the delicious food and beverages (and cake!), musical entertainment, face-painting for kids (of all ages), and some fabulous door prizes. In spite of the rainy start to the event, with people huddling under the rain canopies that were thoughtfully provided, the many attendees enjoyed the warmth, energy, and spirits of the gathering at this beautiful inn located at 9757 Main Street in the heart of Canning Village. The Village’s town crier, Gary Long, gave a stirring speech commemorating Canada’s birthday, and presided over the festivities, announcing prize winners.

Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Town crier Gary Long at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
Some of the smiling faces at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration at Farmhouse Inn B&B (photos courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)

The newest business in town, i scream Ice Cream Shop, at its charming, renovated 9838 Main Street location, celebrated the day with its deliciously refreshing and colourful “Parliament Chill” special treat, available only on Canada Day. The rich vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberry special made for a very Canadian colour scheme and a yummy combination.

June Granger, owner of i scream Ice Cream Shop, at Canning's 150th Canada Day celebration (photo courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)
June Granger, owner of i scream Ice Cream Shop, at Canning’s 150th Canada Day celebration (photo courtesy of Deborah Nicholson)

Crystany’s Brasserie (the first certified gluten-free restaurant in Annapolis Valley), featured a fabulous,  festive menu and a special evening performance by renowned harpist and recording artist, Johanne McInnis. With its beautiful, cosy interior and fabulous second-storey patio terrace offering a scenic view of the Habitant River and lush countryside, Crystany’s attracted many delighted diners to its 9848 Main Street address.

Johanne McInnis, harpist and recording artist, performing live at Crystany's Brasserie, during Canning's celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration
Johanne McInnis, Canadian harpist and recording artist, performing live at Crystany’s Brasserie, during Canning’s celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday.

Every year, the Village of Canning’s celebrations just keep getting better and better. Hope to see you at the Annual Picnic in the Park, our next big, public celebration event on Sunday, August 27, from 1 – 4 PM at Bruce Spicer Park — have a wonderful, safe, and fun summer!

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