Market manager Catherine Coles is excited to welcome market shoppers to Kentville’s second annual pie-baking contest. Jennifer Hoegg
By Jennifer Hoegg
Wednesdays will be market days year-round in Kentville.
The lunchtime farmers’ market, which started in 2007 in partnership with the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, is moving to an all-year format for the first time.
Shoppers familiar with the Centre Square summer market are encouraged to continue stopping by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as the weekly market moves into the recreation centre this fall.
The first indoor market will be Oct. 16 – the same day as the market’s second annual pie contest, manager Catherine Coles says.
“We’re doing (the pie event) to help bring people indoors with us,” she said.
“The customers are going to taste them; the vendors are going to bake them.”
“You can try them all,” Coles said. “Try as many as you like and then … vote on them.
“We will count up (the votes) and give out a certificate, bragging rights and all the rest to the baker of the pie.”
“The fall market goes from Oct. 16 to Dec. 18,” she said. “It will be on two levels and have about the same number of vendors outdoors: 30 to 35 each week.
“And then we have a winter market that will start up again after Christmas,” Cole added. “We come back on Jan. 8 and we start the winter market.
The winter market will be on the lower level and feature approximately 20 vendors.
Prepared foods – perfect for lunch - produce, crafts, holiday gifts and more will be available, along with customer seating and washrooms on both levels.
‘There will be some new vendors being integrated” Cole added.
Local businesses are also showcased at a special booth.
“We have a booth that we give … to people who don’t meet us criteria as regular vendors,” she said. “With regular vendors… it has to be locally produced and primarily local products … the person who makes it has to be at the market or a family member.”
Other businesses, from life coaches to retailers have been featured in the booth, providing good exposure for other entrepreneurs in the area.
“Part of our mandate in the market is to promote small business.”