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Chez DesLauriers restaurant opens its doors every summer to serve authentic Acadian lunches.

The charming tearoom, originally a heritage home built in the 1800s, is located near Pomquet beach at the top of a hill overlooking St. George’s Bay.

The establishment is run by the Pomquet development society volunteers who gather every Friday to prepare traditional Acadian meals.

Mary Ann, Jean and Joan preparing fish cakes

The menu features various Acadian favorite dishes including fish cakes, pâté and fricot, to name a few. And most of the meals are gluten-free!

Melt-in-your-mouth traditional Acadian fish cakes

Chicken, turkey and pork pâté (meat pie) with cranberry sauce

Fricôt, an Acadian staple, is chicken stew with potatoes and dumplings

Delicious seafood chowder

Every meal includes coffee or tea and a dessert too!

Ginger cake with lemon sauce

Strawberry shortcake made with fresh local strawberries

Caramel pudding topped with fresh whipped cream

Chez DesLauriers also hosts lobster roll dinners in the Fall.

Click here for the complete menu. If you’re pressed for time, you can always purchase your meal on site and take it to go, within minutes.

However, I highly recommend sticking around and experiencing more than just the food, as there are other fun things to do:

♦ Discover the hiking trails

There are many beautiful coastal and inland hiking trails to enjoy – the views are breathtaking!

♦ Visit the Interpretive Centre

The local Interpretive Center offers captivating cultural and historical pieces.

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♦ Check out le petit marché

The petit marché, small market, has merchandise and souvenirs for purchase.

♦ Home-made treats

Before heading out, buy a few home-made baked goods from Mrs. Patsy Doiron of Nanny’s Country Cooking

So be sure to drop in Chez DesLauriers this summer!

This is the perfect place to be on a hot sunny day. Delectable food, relaxing atmosphere and wonderful hosts.

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I’ll be honest, I had never heard of fiddleheads until I moved to Nova Scotia. I would see them every spring in the produce aisle of the grocery store, but just kept on walking by and hadn’t purchased them, until now. I finally decided to try them and see what this seasonal delicacy is all about.

Quick Overview

Fiddleheads are edible ferns. They are immature fern fronds harvested in spring, during the early stage of their development when they are tightly coiled and resemble a fiddle’s scroll (the upper end of the instrument), hence the name fiddlehead.

Fiddlehead season is extremely short, usually April and May.

It only takes a few days before the fronds start to unravel and the plant develops into a mature fern.

There are many varieties of ferns, but the ones harvested on the East coast are the ostrich ferns, which fan out to resemble ostrich feathers once fully grown.

Nutritional Value

Fiddleheads offer a lot of nutritional value.

They are rich in

  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • omega-6 fatty acids
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • potassium
  • iron
  • fibre

Safety Precautions

Not all wild ferns are edible. Some types are toxic. Although ostrich ferns can easily be spotted in woodlands, unless you can identify them with absolute certainty, best not to harvest them yourself.

Even edible fiddleheads can cause food poisoning when eaten raw or undercooked.

Always cut browned ends, remove the husk, rinse thoroughly and then boil or steam the fiddleheads for at least 10 minutes before using them in recipes!

Even if you plan on sautéing them, cooking them, frying them, incorporating them in a soup recipe, adding them in a salad or in a smoothieALWAYS boil or steam them first! And NEVER eat them raw!

Fiddleheads can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

You can also freeze them and enjoy them year-round. Simply boil or steam first, then blanch, dry and place in freezer bags.

Some grocery stores carry them in the frozen section too.

Easy Recipes

1. Fiddlehead Salad

Fiddleheads have a unique taste. In order to enjoy their full flavour try eating them as a salad. Delicious!

  • Rinse a handful of fiddleheads thoroughly
  • Boil or steam for 10 minutes
  • Drain
  • Blanch for 2 minutes
  • Drizzle with 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Add 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Season with salt & pepper

2. Fiddlehead Omelette

You can really get creative when it comes to cooking with fiddleheads. For example, you can incorporate them in your breakfast.

  • Rinse a handful of fiddleheads thoroughly
  • Boil or steam for 10 minutes
  • Drain
  • Blanch for 2 minutes
  • Sauté fiddleheads in 1 tbsp butter, for 1 minute
  • Add 4 whisked eggs over top
  • Cook until ready
  • Top with bacon bits and cheese
  • Season with salt & pepper

3. Fried Fiddleheads With Sweet Hummus Sauce

For picky eaters… this recipe is sure to please.

  • Rinse a handful of fiddleheads thoroughly
  • Boil or steam for 10 minutes
  • Drain
  • Blanch for 2 minutes
  • Beat 1 egg
  • Dip the fiddleheads in egg one by one
  • Coat them with breadcrumbs
  • Fry fiddleheads for 2 minutes in hot oil
  • Place on paper towel to remove excess oil
  • Serve with sweet hummus sauce

Sweet hummus sauce

  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Mix hummus and honey together until smooth

If you haven’t tasted fiddleheads yet, then I hope these recipes will encourage you to try them out!

Happy cooking 😀

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This year will mark our 6th annual World Oceans Day event! The StFX Biology dept. will be hosting the event in the J. Bruce Brown building on Saturday, June 8, from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the upcoming event:

Many critters! A variety of live local and tropical sea urchins, sea stars, crabs, sea cucumbers, sea anemones, blue lobster, and much more.

A seaweed station, showcasing a variety of local seaweed species and seaweed-based products used daily.

A station showcasing local sustainable alternatives to plastic items.

A fossil station with DIY trilobites and ammonites prints to take home.

Make-your-own nautical knots station led by Jeremie and Tim Bellemore from the St-Andrews 4-H Great Outdoors group.

A craft station, face painting station and henna tattoos station.

And something special for Aquaman fans! 😉

Returning guests will include:

♦  StFX Aquatic Resources Dept.  

♦  StFX Human Nutrition Dept.

♦  Bird Studies Canada

♦  Department of Fisheries and Oceans

♦  Nova Scotia Salmon Association

♦  Eastern Region Solid Waste Management

Click HERE to view last year’s displays.

We look forward to see you all on June 8!

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Since it’s too cold outside to start planting, I’m focusing this week on indoor plants – my latest fascination: cacti. They are super easy to maintain, even for a non-green thumb person like myself.
There are so many varieties of succulents in stores right now and each seem to have their own personality. So why not put a twist on it?

All you will need are white planters and sharpies!
Simply draw a face or write a cactus pun on the planter. And if you make a mistake… no worries, just wipe it clean with a baby wipe or rubbing alcohol and start over.

Keep it simple or get even more creative by adding accessories or tassel hair.

To take it a step further, instead of writing on the pots, you can print sayings or puns on an overhead projector transparency film, then glue it on to the planter. I came up with this pun after the popular series Game of Thrones.

Feel free to print out the writing and use it on your own planter. First, right click on the image to save it, then print it and cut it to size to fit your planter.

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Looking for Spring and Summer activities for children? Take a look at the following updated list containing activities available in our area.

  • 3D Archery Shoot For more information call 735-3800 or 386-2325
  • Antigonish Celtics Soccer Club For more information click here
  • Antigonish County Recreation-Aquatics Programs. For more information click here
  • Antigonish Girl Guides For more information click here
  • Antigonish Minor Baseball Association For more information click here
  • Antigonish Minor Football Association For more information contact antigonishfootball@gmail.com
  • Antigonish Minor Softball Association For more information click here
  • Antigonish Rowing Club For more information call 863-5701, antigonishrowing@gmail.com
  • Antigonish Track Club – Track & Field Clinics For more information click here or contact stfxtandfclub@gmail.com
  • Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre Camps For more information click here
  • Highland Touch Football (ages 16+) For more information call 870-5572
  • Horseback Riding Lessons For more information click here
  • Junior Tennis For more information call 867-5596, recreation@townofantigonish.ca
  • PC Cooking School Classes for kids and teens For more information click here.
  • Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL) Offers activities for children in English and in French. Regular Programs & Summer programs

    Check out the MakerSpace too! For more information click here

  • X-Chem Outreach Science Odyssey Workshop  Click here for details & take a look at the Summer 2019 schedule available here.
  • Wee Lads and Lassies Track & Field Program (ages 5-12) For more information click here or call 867-5596

And some upcoming local events:    

  • World Oceans Day Antigonish 2019 

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Check out the Summer Camps and Year-round Sports & Activities for even more activities (e.g. swimming, music, etc.)

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by Michael Dickson

Hello everyone! It’s been a wild two weeks since my last blog post, but I was very excited to write this one as a lot has happened since. We had our very first Wednesday evening market on August 1st from 4:00 to 7:00pm. The farmer’s breakfast was extremely successful in raising money for our new Agricultural Center.

This summer is certainly going by very quickly. That being said let’s chat about some pretty cool success stories from away that are now Antigonish Local.

Spicy Kitchen

How can you talk success without bringing up Ranjith from the Spicy Kitchen. Ranjith is a regular to the market with a world of amazing food. My personal favorite is his butter chicken which is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Ranjith’s business has expanded so much due to his overwhelming commitment to producing products of the highest quality. Everything is made from scratch, to his extremely high standard. If you are looking for something spicy and delicious then the Spicy Kitchen is the vendor for you.

Authentic Mom’s Recipe

If you are a regular to our market then you have no doubt noticed the unique products they bring to the market; from delicious Kimchi, to authentic Thai sauce, to some of the best homemade onion rings you will ever get a chance to snack on. They have something for everyone. Well worth stopping by to say hello, meet their family and young children and learn about their culture.

Martin’s Fine Bakery

It’s hard to talk about local without mentioning Martin and Gabi. They are two very special people who are dedicated to bringing the very best from away to Antigonish Local. With sweets that are exceptional, to fresh baked breads, to amazing pizza and tasty sandwiches. No visit to the market is complete without going over to this wonderful vendor and picking up a little something.

Al Zhouri Desserts

Do you have a sweet tooth? Looking for something that is different? Well look no further as the tasty treats that Al Zhouri brings to the market are sure to delight everyone no matter the age or taste buds. Truly unique desserts. If you stop by the market and don’t pick up something here then you are really missing out.

Peace by Chocolate

What is local to you, to me local is roots. Which is why I want to talk about the amazing people at Peace By Chocolate. I have debated over and over what exactly local is for a long time and, to me, you can’t get much more local than Peace by Chocolate. The positives that the family has brought, not only to the market, but to Antigonish as a whole is amazing. Truly a success story that cannot be under-told. We are so proud of where this Syrian family has come from to where they have gotten to and how far they will continue to go. If you have a moment to stop by and hear their story, do it. They embody exactly what local should be and we are blessed to have them at the Antigonish Farmers Market.

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At this time I would like to thank everyone that has continued to support the market. Please remember that we will be having a market this coming Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00pm. On Tuesday we will be publishing a list of vendors that will be attending the market, as well as the menus for the attending food vendors. This information will also be available on our Facebook page Antigonish Farmers Market Association, Instagram @Antigonishfarmersmarket and on our website www.antigonishfarmersmarket.ca. Remember we are in full swing of our fundraising campaign for our new Agricultural Center. Every dollar counts and Thank you everyone for your support!

Looking forward to seeing you all this Wednesday and the following Saturday at the market.

Happy shopping folks!

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Michael Dickson, Antigonish Farmers Market Manager

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by Michael Dickson

Hello there everyone! This week coming up with a blog topic was a little easier than I’m use to. With all the excitement coming from the special Olympics, the Antigonish Farmers Market decided to put our best foot forward to show our new guests exactly how amazing our local community is.

What have we done to step up our game? Well first and foremost is the decision to move ahead with our first ever Wednesday evening market!

 

Wednesday Evening Farmers Market: August 1st, 4:00pm to 7:00pm

We will be launching our first evening market on August 1st from 4:00 to 7:00pm. The opening comes with a large list of regular vendors as well as some new and exciting vendors that will be released in short order. This market will run every second Wednesday after that, with the exception of August 29th due to it being 4-H Day at the Antigonish Exhibition Grounds which, believe me, is well worth checking out!

It will be a great opportunity to come out pick up your mid week veggies, check out our fresh baked products, grab some supper on your way home or to check out extremely talented crafted work. This is truly an exciting time for our market and vendors as the market has truly outgrown our current size, and expansion has to happen sooner rather than later. With that being said, this expansion would not be possible without the support from the Board of the Antigonish Farmers Market, our exceptional vendors and even more importantly than that, you, the people that support our vendors and our market. Without you there would be no Antigonish Farmers Market. So for that, we all say THANK YOU!

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Thursday Farmers Breakfast: August 2nd, 6:30am to 9:00am

With the expansion coming sooner rather than later we have kicked up our fund raising efforts into overdrive. We have been advertising and prepping for a great old-fashioned home-cooked Farmers Breakfast and when I say Farmers Breakfast I mean… WOW… featuring Casey’s world famous pancakes, homemade blueberry sauce from Antigonish local blueberries, delicious honey butter and amazing maple syrup produced locally. Delicious sausages, toast, tea, coffee, orange juice, chocolate milk, and milk.

Breakfast costs $10 for the full farm breakfast and $5 for the kids’ size farm breakfast. All money generated from the breakfast will go right into the fundraising for our new barn. This is an amazing cause to support local and help improve the state of local agriculture in a huge way. The new Agricultural Center is going to have a profound impact not only on the Farmers’ Market with a larger building for more amazing vendors, but there will also be an available commercial kitchen for community use. It will serve as a incubator for all kinds of new small businesses. Antigonish will become a beacon for showing all of Nova Scotia exactly what happens when a community comes together and supports our growing economy. The impact is going to be something that will be felt for years to come and for that, we at the Antigonish Farmers Market are so grateful to the community.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at our Wednesday market please reach out to me, the market manager, Michael Dickson via our website www.antigonishfarmersmarket.ca, by email at Manager@Antigonishfarmersmarket.ca or by calling 902.867.7479.

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As always thank you to everyone who reads this blog, thank you for taking time out of your week to stay up to date on our current happenings at the market. Make sure to check us out online at www.antigonishfarmersmarket.ca and on Facebook at Antigonish Farmers Market Association and on Instagram @Antigonishfarmersmarket. Thank you for your continued support!

Looking forward to seeing everyone out for our first Wednesday Night Market on August 1st from 4:00-7:00pm and for our August 2nd Farmers Breakfast starting at 6:30am.

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Michael Dickson, Antigonish Farmers Market Manager

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by Sean Ryan

I hate making desserts, especially for a crowd, but I’ve come up with something quick, simple which always brings back requests for seconds.

BBQ Donut Strawberry Shortcake is your ticket if you need a quick summertime dessert to feed a crowd.

Ingredients

1 or 2 packages of glazed donuts – depending on your crowd and willingness to provide seconds

Whip cream, store-bought or home-made

1 to 2 quarts of fresh strawberries

1 teaspoon of sugar

Non-stick cooking spray

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Instructions

Make sure your BBQ grill is clean. Nothing kills this dessert faster then some residual burnt BBQ sauce on a donut half!

I usually use the rack above the grill, as you can control the temperature a bit better, but it is not necessary. If you have an external gauge, you want to have the grill heated to 350 degrees.

Give it a good hit of the cooking spray.

While the grill heats up, mash your strawberries in a bowl with the sugar. Once that is done set aside.

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When I buy the glazed donuts, I usually try to get them a couple days ahead and refrigerate them. It makes them much easier to cut and the glaze hardens a little, which is key when cooking them.

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Slice the donuts in half horizontally.

Place the donuts on the grill cut-side down. If you put them glaze side down, you will be unhappy with life after you try to get them off and he sugar has cemented the donuts on your grill. So cut-side down.

Close the lid and count to 60. Open up and give a look-see. If the formally hardened glaze is now see through again you are pretty much done.

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Take the donuts off the grill and place them on your plate grill side down.

Time to assemble. Flip one half of a donut glaze side down onto a plate or bowl, hit it with a good splash or whipped cream, then strawberry mix. Put your top donut half on, then add a bit more whipped cream and strawberry mix.

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Serve and bask in the glory that will come your way.

You can add a couple fresh berries, sub in ice cream, or whatever works for your crew. Trust me though, make sure you have enough for seconds!

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by Michael Dickson

Hello everyone! Its been a busy two weeks for the Antigonish Farmers Market. Last weekend involved a lot of work leading into the market for your favorite market manager, but made for a fun work week overall.  Busy weeks take up a lot of my time which results in a not-so-exciting summer week for my family. Consequently, I came up with a pretty good topic for this week’s blog. This week we get focus on some of the Antigonish Farmers Market’s families. We are a family friendly market that has a little bit of something for every member of the family. Why is that? Because the market is made up of some pretty amazing families. So lets talk about a few of them:

Martin’s Fine Bakery

Martin and Gabrielle are all about family, with a strong moral code, a passion for high quality delicious breads, sweets, pizza and the most amazing cakes you will ever eat. It is hard to not think of them in an extremely positive light. Not only are they very knowledgeable in the art of making delicious treats and breads, they also have a passion for training the up-and-comers as they have been bringing in a breathe of youth that greatly encourages succession planning in a way that anyone would be proud of.

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The Cornect Family

How can we talk about family at the market without mentioning the Cornect’s? We see them at the market every week. Margaret and Amanda are huge supporters of the market. Margaret for more reasons than I can fit in, does so much for the market: from being a board member and a vendor, to a knowledge source for the Market Manager. Her dedication is unwavering. Amanda is not only a vendor at the market, but she is also a behind the scenes worker that helps manage the financial health of the market completely on her own time! Of course we cannot forget about Ben who most don’t get to see, but he leaves his finger prints all over the Market; with homemade book cases that are used by many vendor, to the farm work he does to take care of the bees. Of course last but not least we cannot forget about Crispin. Crispin is the owner of the Simply Ducky business, which contributions can be found all over the market; from business cards, to advertising signage that is all over the barn and road ways, to maintenance of the Antigonish Farmer’s Market website. Crispin’s charitable donations are large in cost and time. Thank you all for everything you do!

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The Broussard’s Family: The Wild Flour Bakery and the Rusty Kicker

As I rack my brain with thoughts of what I can write about the Broussard’s that will do just cause to them, it is hard to filter it down because the family friendly feeling that they inspire in the market is overwhelming. As a true example of how close a family can be, they bring a positive attitude to the market every single week and a commitment to deliciousness that is unparalleled. From fun chats about the things that are going on in the world to why cupcakes are not just a tasty treat but are filled with a love that cannot be matched. They are a shining example of commitment to family. The life skills that are getting handed down are exceptional. Lets not get to absorbed in the cupcakes though because you cannot have dessert without the main course and you will be hard pressed to find a burrito that comes even close to the deliciousness of the ones they make. With a little something for everybody, a trip to the market is not complete until you stop by and sample a little piece of heaven that the Broussard’s bring to the market.

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All About Family Fundraiser

I don’t know about everyone else but my day starts with breakfast at the kitchen table with my wife and two daughters before we all get into the tasks of the day. With that being said the Antigonish Farmers Market is hosting a Farmers Breakfast at the Barn on Thursday, August 2nd from 6:30am to 9:00am. We are offering Casey’s homemade famous pancakes with your choice of a homemade blueberry sauce, delicious maple syrup, amazing honey butter, sausages, baked beans, toast, hot and cold beverages! All profits from this fundraiser will go towards the building of the new Antigonish Farmers Market Building.

Well folks that wraps up my writing, I hope you enjoy what you read and that you continue to support the Antigonish Farmers Market and our wonderful vendors. My family and I certainly enjoy feeling so welcomed into this awesome environment. Remember to check us out online at www.antigonishfarmersmarket.ca, on Facebook: Antigonish Farmers Market Association and Instagram: @Antigonishfarmersmarket.

Thank you for your continued support of the Market and our Vendors!

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Michael Dickson, Antigonish Farmers Market Manager

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by Michael Dickson

Hello everyone! It’s been a long two weeks since I last wrote during which I’ve had a lot of thoughts pop into my head and so I figured moving into the summer season we would put some focus on something that I truly believe helps bring people together: Food.

I am going to take this opportunity to talk about a field that has grown a lot in a short time with exciting new vendors as well as inspiring vendors who have been here for a while and who keep bringing back products of the highest quality. So fear not, if you are hungry the Antigonish Farmers Market has more than got you covered!

Back East Seafood

Back East Seafood is a new vendor at our market and is a new business just getting its legs under it. The vendors come to the market from here in Antigonish and as their name speaks they are all about the deliciousness that is seafood. When I was in the Arctic one of the few things that I missed was high quality delicious seafood. That is exactly what Back East Seafood brings to the market. Two of my favorite dishes there is the Lobster Poutine which is truly sinfully delicious and the Back East Fish & Chips. Very delicious and filling meals. If you are a seafood lover this is the place for you eat! Combine the food with the amazing people that run the truck and they have all the tools for success.

Spicy Kitchen

If you want to talk about food bringing people together, then this is a vendor that brings people together with authentic spicy food. They offer authentic Indian, Chinese, Thai, Korean and East Asian Food! Ranjith comes to the market every week bringing delicious foods that people can sample. Walking away from the Spicy Kitchen is a very hard thing to do. Ranjith’s passion for providing not only an authentic experience but a filling one as well makes him one of the most popular vendors at the market. As a lover of spicy food their Butter Chicken dish is hands down one of my favorite things to eat! Spicy Kitchen is a growing vendor with a lot of passion for local. Make sure to stop by and say hello on Saturday to one of the biggest supporters of the Antigonish Farmers Market.

The Waffle Bus Stop

Do we even really need to talk about the Waffle Bus? Is there anything I can say that you don’t already know? I doubt it. Not just a staple in Antigonish they wave the flag of local first very high. I still remember the first time I went to eat there. It was a Saturday morning and I thought ‘yeah, I could go for a waffle or two for breakfast’. Well, was I in for a shock. I ordered the steak sandwich that was just melt-in-your-mouth delicious! The passion that they bring to work everyday is amazing. The unique creations that they have for sale at the bus on Saturday mornings is something to behold. I would suggest that it is well worth getting up early to get breakfast at the Market, but don’t just take my word for it come see for yourself.

Food Matters

Fresh Food Matters brings a wide variety of products to the market and beyond every week. If you are looking for a light snack, Angela’s Hummus is the best you will find. If you are looking for a delicious lunch, she offers salads of a wide variety, homemade soups, and a lot of take home foods that are an amazing option for a healthy home cooked meal without all the hassle of cooking. Good portion sizes with high quality ingredients make Food Matters one of the best options for something tasty to eat. Mix all the deliciousness together with one of the coolest personalities, Angela is a must visit vendor at the Antigonish Farmers Market.

The Rolling Bricks

One of the things that everyone talks about living in the East Coast is the best pizza. There isn’t a place in my opinion that comes close to matching the talent that the East Coast has for pizza. As such it is not as easy to find success in which is exactly what The Rolling Bricks has done. They offer not only one of the best pizza’s you will ever have but an experience that most find extremely cool to watch. They make the pizza right in front of you and cook it in a hand crafted wood fire brick oven that adds a flavor to the pizza that cannot be matched! One of the more unique vendors to attend our market.

If  you are looking for something tasty to eat anyone of these vendors will leave you more than satisfied with the food selections they bring to the market. As a growing market we are always looking for new and fun vendors to bring something unique to the market. We are very grateful to have such an amazing group of food vendors that care not only for the people that they serve but also for the product they put out. A trip to the market cannot be complete without pulling up a seat and having a taste of what the market has to offer!

That’s all that I have for this week. We look forward to seeing everyone out and about at the Market. Thank you for your continued support of the Antigonish Farmers Market and the Local Movement that matters now more than ever!

Happy shopping everyone!

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Michael Dickson, Antigonish Farmers Market Manager

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