Kentville weekday farmers' event to continue through September
Kevin Smith of Limpalong Farms in Habitant brought his experimental homemade peach leather to the Kentville Farmers’ Market Aug. 28 and offered it to visitors. The tasty treat uses all-local, all-fresh peaches.
BY SARA KEDDY
The Kings County Register
By all accounts, Kentville's summer farmers’ market is a success. The eight-week trial market in Centre Square was to have closed Aug. 28. Instead, fresh meats, produce, crafts and a fun atmosphere will continue through September. “We’ve had a great track record with weather, the vendors are making sales and we’ve been getting great comments from people,” says Kentville’s community development coordinator Erin Mason. “It has done so well.”
Kentville wanted some kind of a market for a long time, Mason said, and couldn’t have done it without the expertise and organization of the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, which coordinated the Kentville trial. “They have the knowledge, and that ensures quality and guidelines for vendors that keep the market’s integrity. Without their leadership, it wouldn’t have happened.”
Angela Patterson is on the Wolfville Farmers’ Market board and has been selling organic beef in Kentville through the trial. “From the first week,” she says, “compliments started coming right in. The reaction has been good and it’s very much appreciated.”
She also said the town “deserves a lot of kudos” for getting behind the market idea with enthusiasm and administrative funding. “We’re very happy.”
Mason says the town will certainly look at hosting the market next year. “The Centre Square has always been a challenge - a parking lot - but we can take it back and successful events can happen there.”
At the Aug. 28 market, the coordinator surveyed the crowd. “People were saying they just worked around the corner, they were bringing the girls from the office with them, they were grabbing lunch. It’s catching people in town,” Mason said.
The market will continue Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Sept. 26.