The Harbourville United Church may soon be home to a new non-profit society promoting heritage, culture and enterprise in the mountain communities north of Berwick. File
After months of planning, the Harbourville farmers’ market will become a reality on May 10.
From 8 a.m. to noon, the historic Harbourville United Church will open its doors to what will become a weekly Saturday market until mid-October. The initiative is the brainchild of the North Mountain United Tapestry and Cultural Society, a non-profit organization established by community members.
Kate Adams is a founding member of the society and the team lead for the market project. The weekly market will host a variety of goods, from fresh produce to art, she said.
“We are pretty excited to showcase local area producers and artisans and celebrate and enhance our local culture and heritage through art and music.”
On market day, the Harbourville fish market, which sells fresh, local catch, will also be open.
Adams hopes the new market will signal a turn-around for commerce on the north mountain.
“Over the years, I have seen (commerce) on the mountain disappear,” said Adams, adding the market will “give people a place they can shop locally for bread, produce or a gift. It’s important to bring that back.”
To encourage vendors to become part of building the market, spots during the month of May will be offered at no charge.
“Vendors are key to creating this market and we want them to come and check it out. We’re hoping to build it over time,” explained Adams.
From June to October 18, weekly market fees will range from $15-$20.
It’s been a busy winter for society members, who have been renovating the church in readiness for spring and summer activities. Among the interior changes is a coffee bar, which has been designed using re-purposed church pews.
“It feels like it’s all coming together,” said Adams.
Upcoming events being hosted by the Society include a Mother’s Day concert, beach clean up day, a sewing circle exhibit and a variety of seminars.
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