2017 Market Season

We hope everyone is happy to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.   A new Market season is almost upon us – we will be having our first market on Friday, May 26th and we look forward to seeing everyone again this year!

Our Market Manager position is open.  If you are interested in being a Market Manager please send a resume to chestermarket@hotmail.com or use the form on our Contact Us page.

The Market Manager is responsible for:

Pre-Season:

  • Respond to new vendor inquiries: dates, times, fees, regular vs occasional vendors, policies
  • Get detailed product information from each vendor prior to sending out application
  • Send out application forms to new and previous season vendors
  • Update website with new season information
  • Post to Facebook page

During the Friday Market:

  • Greet vendors attending first market, provide application form if necessary
  • Show vendors their location
  • Collect any application forms and weekly booth fees
  • Collect membership fee from each vendor at first market attended
  • Keep record of all fees collected
  • Reconcile weekly cash receipts, provide numbers to Board Treasurer
  • Provide Board of Directors Secretary with vendor members names
  • Keep updated list of vendors and their products
  • Be familiar with Food Safety Guidelines and Schedule A & B products
  • Check weekly individual vendor’s products against list of approved products
  • Put up and take down market sandwich board, traffic cones (if used), community group canopy
  • Check with each vendor at each market for problems, concerns
  • Provide Board with monthly vendor attendance
  • Resolve where possible disputes between vendors or vendors and Board
  • Note detailed information where disputes arise
  • Make Board aware of any problems
  • Create weekly website blog re: market vendors, specials, products available, events, etc. and Facebook page

Post-Season:

  • Record total individual vendors for season
  • Record number of markets for each vendor and attendance pattern
  • Record which community groups attended and how often
  • Provide report to Board: numbers by categories, problems, successes of the season
  • Make suggestions to Board for improvements
  • Attend Board meetings when required
  • Carry out directives of the Board

 

Christmas Market

Our Annual Christmas Market is fast approaching – December 4th from 10 until 2 at the Chester Royal Canadian Legion on Union Street.

We are very excited to bring you a fine selection of products for gift giving this holiday season and for year-round giving.  Hot food and beverages are available from the kitchen.

Follows is our list of vendors:

Blue Rocks Card Factory – Annika Groebner – lino print cards

Bonny Lea Farm – herbal oils and more

Boulangerie La Vendeenne – breads and baked goods

Century House Pottery – Mieke Martin-Soontiens

Cheryl Schnare – artwork and jewelry

Chester Family Resource Centre – baked goods

Dykeman Folk Art – Brent Dykeman

George Evans – Laughing Whale Coffee, hot food from the kitchen

Gizmo’s Gifts & Garden – Hoa Lieu

Healing Gardens – Terri Bowlby-Chiasson – bulbs, decorative angels, more

Higbee’s Berry Farm – Cindy Higbee – honey, fudge and produce

Irene’s Preserves – Irene Zinck  – home made candy, truffles, fruit cakes, and more

June and Bruce Boehner:  hand knit items, woodwork and more

K. John Mason Ironworks – John Mason and Jayne Geldart

Light My Fire – Judy Parsons – candles

Mary Norwood – woven rope mats, buckets, dog toys and more

Michelle Rivard – whimsical windchimes

Michele Nauss – handcrafted items, sweet treats and more

Nourished Natural Self Care – Amanda Rhyno

Seaweed Soaps – Nancy Rhodenizer

Stone Poste Cidery – Richard Armstrong – hard cider

Suprima Farms – Darren Winter – apple cider

Susan Lord – fibre art, beachglass jewelry, gluten free goodies

The Fish Store – Sandra and Eric Publicover

Tidedancer Jewelry – Joan McInnes

Vicki Sharp – Felted hats, pickles

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 7th

Welcome to our last Friday market of the 2016 season.   We would like to thank all the vendors who participated in this year’s market and all of our customers.  Our market would not exist without you!

There is still lots of great produce to be found at the market this week and don’t forget to stock up on your favourite artisan products for yourself or for gift giving.

Our music this week will be provided by Cove FM – 88.7 on your dial, our local radio station, and we would also like to thank them for advertising our Market this season.

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We have a fine selection of artisan products this week with the following vendors:

Nancy’s Seaweed Soaps;  Joey Carter’s Jewelry;  Healing Gardens floral arrangements, Michele Rivard’s whimsical windchimes; Nancy Humby with Ginger’s ceramics; and more …

George will be here with his Laughing Whale coffee; Ruxhsana from Indus Cuisine is back with her great curries; and hard cider from Stone Poste Cidery

Breads and Sweet Treats  at Brenda’s Baked Goods and La Vendeenne

Our farmers are Higbee’s Berry Farm with a selection of fruit and veggies; R&R Corkums with meat products, eggs, etc.; Bonny Lea Farm with herbs, oils, compost and more

June Boehner with her jams & jellies & husband Bruce’s woodwork are away this week but will see you at the Christmas market in December.  Melanie from Sweet Spot farms is also away but will be here for the Christmas market.

This year’s Christmas Market will be held on Sunday, December 4th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Chester Royal Canadian Legion.  Stay tuned for more informaton about the Market and vendors.

September 30th

Welcome to our 2nd last market of the 2016 season.  Sunny skies are finally going to be with us after a few drizzly markets.  The Board of the Market would like to take this time to thank Diane Guilbault 20160617_006_rsfor her work as Chair of the Board over the past few years.  Diane (the face of La Vendeenne at many markets) has retired and is moving back to Ontario to enjoy her retirement.  We wish her well in all her future endeavors!

I think we caught her waking up with her morning coffee in this photo.  You will be missed Diane!

Fall is officially here and we are reaping the bounty of our summer gardens with fresh veggies and berries, jams and jellies, pickles and more.  Many of our vendors have some sort of fresh produce along with their regular products.

Our music this week will be provided by Cove FM – 88.7 on your dial, our local radio station, and we would also like to thank them for advertising our Market this season.

We have a wide selection of artisan products this week with the following vendors:

Nancy’s Seaweed Soaps;  Joey Carter’s Jewelry;  Healing Gardens floral arrangements, Michele Rivard’s whimsical windchimes; Nancy Humby with Ginger’s ceramics; and more …

George will be here with his Laughing Whale coffee and there is hot food by Indus Cuisine; and hard cider from Stone Poste Cidery

Breads and Sweet Treats  at Brenda’s Baked Goods and La Vendeenne

Our farmers are Higbee’s Berry Farm with a selection of fruit and veggies; R&R Corkums with meat products, eggs, etc.; Bonny Lea Farm with herbs, oils, compost and more; and Melanie from Sweet Spot Farms with fresh flowers & veggies

Jams, jellies, pickles, and chutneys and more by June Boehner

And last, but not least, all manner of seafood from the Fish Store with Eric and Sandra Publicover

Finished for the season:  K. John Mason Ironworks, Dykeman’s Folk Art, Nourished Self Care,  Suprima Farms Apple Cider, Beady Eye Jewelry

This year’s Christmas Market will be held on Sunday, December 4th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Chester Royal Canadian Legion.  Stay tuned for more informaton about the Market and vendors.

 

 

September 23rd

Happy Fall Equinox!  Fall is officially here and we are reaping the bounty of our summer gardens with fresh veggies and berries, jams and jellies, pickles and more.  Many of our vendors have some sort of fresh produce along with their regular products.

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Justin McGrath is back with us with his guitar and his unique version of many familiar tunes.  We hope you can stop by and give him a listen and throw him a coin or two.

We have a wide selection of artisan products this week with the following vendors:

Nancy’s Seaweed Soaps;  Joey Carter’s Jewelry;  Healing Gardens floral arrangements, Michele Rivard’s whimsical windchimes; Nancy Humby with Ginger’s ceramics; and more …

George will be here with his Laughing Whale coffee and there is hot food by Indus Cuisine; and hard cider from Stone Poste Cidery

Breads and Sweet Treats  at Brenda’s Baked Goods and La Vendeenne

Our farmers are Higbee’s Berry Farm with a selection of fruit and veggies; R&R Corkums with meat products, eggs, etc.; Bonny Lea Farm with herbs, oils, compost and more; and Melanie from Sweet Spot Farms with fresh flowers & veggies

Jams, jellies, pickles, and chutneys and more by June Boehner

And last, but not least, all manner of seafood from the Fish Store with Eric and Sandra Publicover

Away this week:   JNancy Humby Watkins & Magic Cloth

Finished for the season:  K. John Mason Ironworks, Dykeman’s Folk Art, Nourished Self Care, and Suprima Farms Apple Cider

 

September 9th

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Aaahhh!  Now that all the children are back in school it’s time to relax (just a bit) from this new found freedom and come and enjoy the last few weeks of the Market.  Veggies and berries, jams and jellies, and pickles abound from the summer’s harvest.

Check out our new sign that is now posted on the Chester Heritage Society property.

Next week we will be having free corn provided by the Higbee’s for our annual Customer Appreciation corn boil.  We hope in can stop in for an ear of their sweet home grown corn.  Originally planned for today it has been postponed until next week.

Our music will be provided by Cove FM Radio Hubbards (88.7 on your dial).  We would like to thank them for mentioning the market in their weekly broadcasts!

We have a wide selection of artisan products this week with the following vendors:

Nancy’s Seaweed Soaps; Nourished Natural Self Care (weather dependent this week); Ginger’s Ceramics; Beady Eye Jewelry; Joey Carter’s Jewelry; Fox’s Folly Woodworking; Healing Gardens floral arrangements,  Michele Rivard’s whimsical windchimes; Linda Oikle’s original lino print cards and prints; and more …

George will be here with his Laughing Whale coffee and there is hot food by Indus Cuisine; apple cider from Suprima Farms and hard cider from Stone Poste Cidery

Breads and Sweet Treats by Boulangerie La Vendeenne and  Brenda’s Baked Goods

Our farmers are Higbee’s Berry Farm with a selection of fruit and veggies; R&R Corkums with meat products, eggs, etc.; Bonny Lea Farm with herbs, oils, compost and more; and Melanie from Sweet Spot Farms

Jams, jellies, pickles, and chutneys by June Boehner

And last, but not least, all manner of seafood from the Fish Store with Eric and Sandra Publicover

Finished for the season:  K. John Mason Ironworks and Dykeman’s Folk Art (Brent got called back from retirement to help with work and is unable to attend on Fridays)

Away this week:   Ginger is away but Nancy Humby is minding his shop for a few weeks and will not be in her usual spot with Watkins and Magic Cloth

September 2nd

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With the August heat behind us we enter into one of the most beautiful months in Nova Scotia, September, with it’s colourful jerusalem artichokes and other late blooming flowers.  We have two vendors selling fresh flower bouquets.  Friday is Market Day in Chester and it’s going to be a lovely day – Come Grow With Us!

Back again with his beautiful jazz flute is musician Jim Kovalcik.

We have a wide selection of artisan products this week with the following vendors:

Nancy’s Seaweed Soaps; Nourished Natural Self Care; Ginger’s Ceramics; Beady Eye Jewelry; Joey Carter’s Jewelry; Fox’s Folly Woodworking; Nancy with Watkins products, Healing Gardens floral arrangements,  Michele Rivard’s whimsical windchimes; Linda Oikle’s original lino print cards and prints; Kindred Spirit Glass and more …

George is back with his Laughing Whale coffee and there is hot food by Indus Cuisine and Lobster Jo’s; apple cider from Suprima Farms and hard cider from Stone Poste Cidery

Breads and Sweet Treats by Boulangerie La Vendeenne and  Brenda’s Baked Goods

Our farmers are Higbee’s Berry Farm with a selection of fruit and veggies; R&R Corkums with meat products, eggs, etc.; Bonny Lea Farm with herbs, oils, compost and more; and Melanie from Sweet Spot Farms

Jams, jellies, pickles, and chutneys by June Boehner

And last, but not least, all manner of seafood from the Fish Store with Eric and Sandra Publicover

Finished for the season:  K. John Mason Ironworks

Away this week:   Ginger is away but Nancy Humby is minding his shop for a few weeks and will not be in her usual spot with Watkins and Magic Cloth; Fox’s Folly Woodworking is also away this week

August 26th, 2016

Whatever the weather we are here, rain or shine, at the Chester Farmers’ and Artisan Market on Fridays!  Don’t be surprised to see a large Food Truck in our vendor area – Lobster Jo’s will be here for this week’s market.

Our musical entertainment this week is Mark Powers, the other half of Kindred Spirit Glass who is back as a vendor this week.

We have a wide selection of artisan products this week with the following vendors:

Nancy’s Seaweed Soaps; Nourished Natural Self Care; Ginger’s Ceramics; Beady Eye Jewelry; Joey Carter’s Jewelry; K. John Mason Ironworks, Fox’s Folly Woodworking; Nancy with Watkins products, Healing Gardens floral arrangements,  Michele Rivard’s whimsical windchimes; Linda Oikle’s original lino print cards and prints; Kindred Spirit Glass and more …

Hot food by Indus Cuisine and Lobster Jo’s; apple cider from Suprima Farms and hard cider from Stone Poste Cidery

Breads and Sweet Treats by Boulangerie La Vendeenne and  Brenda’s Baked Goods

Our farmers are Higbee’s Berry Farm with a selection of fruit and veggies; R&R Corkums with meat products, eggs, etc.; Bonny Lea Farm with herbs, oils, compost and more; and Melanie from Sweet Spot Farms

Jams, jellies, pickles, and chutneys by June Boehner

And last, but not least, all manner of seafood from the Fish Store with Eric and Sandra Publicover

New to the market this week are:  Lobster Jo’s Food Truck

Away this week:  Beady Eye Jewelry,  Ginger is away but Nancy Humby is minding his shop for a few weeks and will not be in her usual spot with Watkins and Magic Cloth.  George is also away with the Fair Trade Coffee.

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Summer Blooms

 

August 19th, 2016

Phew!  Another race week is over and summer continues at a much quieter pace.  It’s going to be a beautiful sunny day on Friday and it’s Market Day – we hope you will come grow with us!

For this weeks entertainment we have Kathryn  Colman back with us again.  In our Community space we have the Mersey Tobiatic Research Institute.

We have a wide selection of artisan products this week with the following vendors:

Nancy’s Seaweed Soaps; Nourished Natural Self Care; Ginger’s Ceramics; Beady Eye Jewelry; Joey Carter’s Jewelry; K. John Mason Ironworks, Fox’s Folly Woodworking; Nancy with Watkins products, Healing Gardens floral arrangements,  Michele Rivard’s whimsical windchimes and more …

Coffee and hot food by George Evans and Indus Cuisine; apple cider from Suprima Farms and hard cider from Stone Poste Cidery

Our farmers are Higbee’s Berry Farm with a selection of fruit and veggies; R&R Corkums with meat products, eggs, etc.; Bonny Lea Farm with herbs, oils, compost and more; and Melanie from Sweet Spot Farms

Jams, jellies, pickles, and chutneys by June Boehner

And last, but not least, all manner of seafood from the Fish Store with Eric and Sandra Publicover

New to the market this week are:  Linda Oikle – original print cards and artwork

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