The Place: Truro, Nova Scotia
The Treasure Truro Farmers Market, new building
On Saturday we had a chance to go to the grand opening of the Truro Farmers Market in their new location at the old firehall. In previous years the market was held in the Margolians’ parking lot.
The Margolians’ parking lot venue had a nice charm to it but on rainy, cold, or windy days it just wasn’t much fun.
The inside of the new market is nice and clean, basic white walls for now. The only real trace of the old firehall is the garage doors. It was pretty nice today and they had a couple of them open – which also helps with the flow of people traffic.
Naturally there wasn’t a whole lot to choose from in terms of veggies, being early May and all, but there was a few things: onions, spinach, turnips… and a bunch of things that had sold out before we got there including fiddleheads. Darn! Have to get there earlier next time. 😉
There was also live music provided by Mike Killburn, who has a fantastic voice and a pleasing sound. It translated very well to the market setting:
The market also plans to have an outdoor pavilion that will basically match the inside in area. With plenty of parking surrounding the old firehall it’s going to be a really nice draw for local farmers and artisans to sell their wares and a great place to pick up your groceries (and more) for the week. It puts you in direct contact with the producers – something you can’t get at a big box store. When you buy something at a farmers’ market there’s a good chance you’re getting it from the hands of the same person that made or grew it.
Speaking of outside, our friend Charlie the Tree Guy was there, too! (look to the left hand side 🙂 )
One thing I’d like to see, eventually, is the outside painted – perhaps in a mural fitting a farmers’ market. Nothing tacky or all over the building but something to give it more of a fresh look and feel. Something that lets you know “this is the place”, even when it’s closed.
Even though we struck out on the fiddleheads it looked like opening day at the Truro Farmers Market went very well. Plenty of people, plenty of vendors, lots of wares – all before the produce starts really rolling in. Another bonus to the indoor market is extending the selling season in to the winter, meaning root and cold weather crops will still be available and artisans can continue to sell the items they’ve made.
We think the Truro Farmers Market has the potential to be a major draw for the surrounding area and a showcase for the talent in the northern Nova Scotia area.
Can’t wait to get back there. 🙂
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