WINDSOR, N.S. – Yes, the number of vendors swelled, and sales were of produce and crafts were healthy, but the anecdotes of people meeting each other, swapping stories and kids playing in the park are what defines the market’s success after its first year.
Avon Community Farmers’ Market manager Karen Cooper said the vendors had strong sales, while recognizing that it takes time for a new market to establish itself.
“The variety we had was great,” she said. “A lot of times we would see families coming down, bringing their baskets down and just enjoying the music, having a burger and just really making it their morning or afternoon out.”
“That’s really what the market it all about,” she said.
The market will return in 2019, likely near the end of May, although that depends on how the growing season goes.
At its height in the summer months, the market grew to approximately 25 vendors, as the season wound down, it averaged out at around 15.
The market’s final day was during the pumpkin regatta, and although a success in terms of sales, Cooper said they’re hoping to make some adjustments for next year’s regatta to make things run a bit smoother.
“It was great to be right by the crowds,” Cooper said. “There was definitely a learning curve on combining the two events. But some of vendors had their best day ever, even when comparing it to the big markets.”
The Avon Community Farmers’ Market was established through the Happy Community Project, after the former farmers’ market announced its intention to shut down.
Christmas market planned
To officially close off the 2018 season the Avon Community Farmers' Market is hosting a Christmas and Craft Fair at the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre on Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cooper said they’re hoping to build on the 2017 event hosted by the Windsor Business Enhancement Society.
The market will include approximately 40 vendors, a café, wreath-making and free Santa Claus photos.
Proceeds from the giftwrapping station and raffle will be given to the Hants County Christmas Angels charity.