by Michael Dickson
Hello Everyone! If you haven’t heard yet the Antigonish Farmers Market is growing and we need your help. We currently have $211,572.15 of our goal of $700,000. We recently held a very successful Gala fundraiser which consisted of amazing food donated by our very generous vendors, entertainment of the highest quality from local musicians with unrivaled passion for performing and of course the community that came out to show support to the Farmers Market and the local businesses that they love so much!
The support from the community has meant the world to the Board members of the Antigonish Farmers Market and to the vendors who’s business has continued to grow. We are so excited with how the fundraising is going and are inspired to work even harder to make this new building become a reality for everyone. We are also working on something very exciting for when the Special Olympics make their way to Antigonish.
Why is this new building such an important project for the community?
The amount of customers that the market has seen this year has grown so much over previous years that in order to effectively serve the consumers we need to expand! We need:
♦ More space for new and exciting vendors to serve the customer base that has been constantly growing
♦ A year-round Market for everyone and a second market day during the week to support the amount of people that we have coming into the market!
Michael Overmars, Overmars Garden
Mac Brown, The Martha’s New Garden
♦ To remain the hub for healthy eating and to support local producers which will benefit not only the overall health and wellness of the community, but will help the Market to serve as an incubator for more small businesses. This will in turn encourage the development of more small farms, local artisans and food vendors to provide the community with products of the highest quality.
Angela Bowles, Food Matters Catering
Wild Flour Bakery
♦ A provincially inspected, commercial kitchen available for a broad-based community usage to help support projects outside of the market. And of course with adding all of these positive things together, the economical impact this new building will bring is going to be massive.
With additional focus being put on the economy, it is now important more than ever to support home. With a growing number of people leaving, we need to do more to encourage people to stay here in our humble community of Antigonish, and being the number one Farmers Market in Nova Scotia is one of the best ways to not only create more local jobs to support people living in our community, but we will also continue to support a healthier lifestyle for everyone!
How can you donate to make this building a reality?
♦ You can click on this image:
♦ Or go to www.antigonishfarmersmarket.ca, then click on the Donate tab at the top of the page.
♦ You can donate in person at our Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:30 to 1pm.
♦ You can also contact the market manager Michael Dickson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 902.867.7479.
Thanks again everyone for supporting your local Antigonish Farmers Market!
Michael Dickson, Antigonish Farmers Market Manager