Teas, Tinctures, and Salves – Saturday, April 14th – 2-4 pm

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This Saturday, April 14th from 2-4 pm, the Downtown Sydney Farmers Market and the Community Health Board’s Communities in Motion and Healthy Eating Fund present the second workshop in our Sustainable Saturday Series:

Teas, Tinctures and Salves
This workshop will introduce folks to the wonders and simplicity of preparing their own herbal medicines. We will make tinctures and salves, and discuss a few other common preparations that are useful to have around in your herbal first aid kit. A very practical introduction to the magic of plant medicine!

The workshop will be held in the community room at the Sobeys on Prince Street, and is FREE! However, space is limited and we do ask that you register in advance. Call (902) 929 2010 or email sydneyfarmersmarket@gmail.com to save your spot!

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AGM – Friday, March 23rd, 7 pm

The Downtown Sydney Farmers Market Association is holding its annual AGM at 7 pm, Friday, March 23rd, in the program room at the McConnell Library. It’s board re-election time, so if you are interested in being more involved with the market this year, let us know. You can email us to let us know you’re interested or for more information at sydneyfarmersmarket@gmail.com, or come to the AGM – we’d love to see you!

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IncrEdible Supper – February 4th, 2012

Come join us for an amazing five course all-local meal on February 4th, 2012, at St. Andrew’s Church, 40 Bentinck St., Sydney.

There will be free-range meat, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options!

Tickets are:     $20/individual          $30/couple         $12/students and seniors

Here’s what the menu looks like:

Appetizers
Local Artisan Breads and Vegetable Crudites with Portuguese Aioli on rice

Soup
Choice of Cream of Vegetable (vegetarian) or Legume Potage (vegan)

Salads
Carrot and Parsnip with Cape Breton Vinaigrette
Black Mustard Cabbage Slaw

Entree
Choice of Chicken or Vegetarian Pot Pie

Dessert
Maple-Blueberry Crisp with Marvelous Moo’s ice cream

Beverages
Trembling Cup Darkest Peru Coffee
Just Us Maritime Breakfast Tea
Sparkling Water with Blueberry and Cranberry Juice

Our wonderful local producers are:

Your local producers for this IncrEdible meal are:
Artisan Breads – French Road Bakery, Gabarus; Cloud Nine Bakery, Howie Centre
Winter vegetables, dry beans – North Wind Farm, Skye Glen
Greenhouse vegetables – Eykings Farm, Millville
Free-range chicken – Glenryan Farm, Margaree
Blueberries, juice – Wild and Blue, Antigonish County
Cranberries, juice – Duke of York, Arichat
Maple syrup – Black River Maple, Mabou
Coffee – Trembling Cup, Sydney
Tea – Just Us, Wolfville
Milk, cream, butter – Scotsburn Dairy

To buy tickets, visit one of the following retailers:

ACAP Cape Breton
Bay Health Foods (Glace Bay)
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Mayflower Mall)

For more information or to make alternative ticket arrangements, phone 539 6599 or email sydneyfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!

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Get Active, Go Local Cape Breton

This Saturday, September 24th, ACAP Cape Breton is celebrating Moving Planet Day. The first 25 people to arrive at the Downtown Sydney Farmers Market by active transportation will receive $2 in market money to be spent on their favourite goodies! So use your feet, bike, skateboard, canoe… anything without a motor, and Get Active, Go Local!

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IncrEdible Picnic – Wentworth Park – Sunday, August 21st, 11:00-3:00

The Downtown Sydney Farmers Market and Select Nova Scotia are hosting an IncrEdible Picnic this Sunday, August 21st, from 11-3 at Wentworth Park. Come sample picnic wares from local producers and chefs, prepared with local ingredients. There will be free range pork sausages, fatayres, highland beef and vegetarian sandwiches, organic sweets, and even some locally roasted coffee!

Kid’s activities include:
11:00 Sharing Nature, a nature walk
12:00-2:00 Kid’s crafts
2:00-3:00 Story time

And don’t forget your teddy bear – Sunday is the day the teddy bears have their picnic too!

For the adults, there will be spinning and weaving demonstrations, as well as a tai chi session starting at 11:00 and yoga at 1:00.

The soundtrack for the event will be provided by local musicians, Danny MacNeil, Colette Deveaux, Alvin and the Artifacts, Ramsay Drover, and The Den Scholars.

Seating will be limited, so chairs and blankets are encouraged.

We are looking for volunteers to help out on the day of the picnic. If you are interested in volunteering, please phone 929 2010 or email sydneyfarmersmarket at gmail dot com.
Come celebrate local food with us!

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New table fees, effective immediately!

And no, they’re not increasing! Now that we are outside, our expenses are minimal, and we want our producers to keep as many of their hard-earned coins as possible – every little bit helps. So we have decided to lower our fees from $15 to just $5/week.

If this change makes it more feasible for you or someone you know to join the market, we’d love to hear from you. Please visit our For Vendors page for more information.

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Sustainability Series – Rain Barrel Workshop

This Saturday, July 9, 2011, Demmarest Haney will be presenting information on how to set up and use rain water collection. Why have city water infrastructure, or your own well pump infrastructure have to be involved in watering your garden? You could cut down your ground water and related electricity usage by using rainwater. Demmarest will be doing a hands on demonstration about construction and use of rain barrels. Come out early for the market, 1pm to 4pm on Saturday in the Aliant parking lot, at the corner of George and Pitt downtown!

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