Christmas Market – Sunday November 22nd

The Chester Farmers’ & Artisan Market association will be holding our first Christmas Market on Sunday, November 22nd from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Chester (corner of Duke & Union Sts) in the upstairs hall area.

We are very excited about our Christmas Market and have invited some friends and vendors from other markets to join us in creating a lively market holiday atmosphere.  We invite you to join us for a bite to eat and some holiday shopping.

Looking for something extra special for your Christmas gift giving?  We have wonderful handcrafted wood and woolen products, jewelry, jams & jellies, seaweed soap, candies & candles, fresh bread, meats & seafood for Christmas dining, and more!  Hot food & drink available.

Our list of vendors are:

Beady Eye Jewellery   – beautiful jewelry crafted from polymer clay and embellishments
Laughing Whale Coffee
Bonny Lea Farms – herbal oils
Boulanderie La Vendeenne – an assortment of baked breads and other goodies
Dykeman Folk Art – unique, one-of-a-kind folk art
Good Natured – photography and felting
Fox’s Folly Woodworks – handcrafted fine wood products
Handcrafted by Lois – hand knit hats & cowls, jewelry, etc.
Haskapa Products – George will also be in the kitchen cooking up baked beans & brown bread, sausages & fish cakes

Higbee’s Farm – fall produce

Indus Cuisine – Ruxhsana is back with her fantastic curry!
Joey Carter – jewelry
R&R Corkum – fresh farm meats, homemade jams and more
Rocky Top Farm – fresh farm meats & poultry, eggs and cheese
Seawood Soaps – unique handcrafted soap made with goodness from the sea
Snowbird Sarongs – beautiful sarongs for that winter vacation down south
Sumarlea’s Arts & Crafts – a variety of felted and hooked items, beachglass jewelry and some gluten free treats
The Fish Store – all things of the ocean
Irene’s Preserves – jams, jellies, homemade truffles & peppermint patties, and more
Fresh Functional Art – artwork
Pine Things – handcrafted pine corner cabinets, vegetable bins, etc.
Medway Candles – beautiful beeswax candles in all shapes and sizes
Century House Pottery –  all things pottery – beautiful, functional pottery and more whimsical pieces

Michele Nauss – felted and hooked handicrafts, ornaments & Christmas goodies

Mary Norwood – woven rope mats & buckets

Nancy McDonald – a variety of wreaths

 Brenna Lord – artwork, art patches, and unique clothing
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Friday, October 9th

Wow!  Here we are at the end of our outdoor Market season.  It’s going to be a bright, sunny fall day tomorrow and we are looking forward to seeing everyone.

We have some market magnets to give away tomorrow and some flyers about our 1st Christmas Market which is going to be held on Sunday,November 22nd at the Chester Legion so stay tuned for more about that.

We would like to thank all of our customers who came out to the market on the sunny days and on the rainy days!  We would also like to thank our vendors for helping to make this years market a success.  We’ve had some changes along the way and have received only positive feedback about our new location in the lower area.  We have had power installed so that Zach our ‘coffee guy’ could be down there with the other vendors and next year our coffee and food will both be located there.

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Friday, October 2nd

Hi all, it’s going to be a wet one at the market tomorrow so wear your galoshes and rain gear! With this being our 2nd to last market we were hoping the weather was going to be a bit more cooperative.  There will still be vendors selling their wares!

We are also planning a Christmas Market to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Chester on Sunday, November 22nd.  Stay tuned for more information.

Here’s a blast from the past on what used to be the space we are using now for the market:

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Friday, September 25th

Fall with all it’s beauty has arrived!  We are looking at another beautiful day at the market this week.  Lots of great fall produce is available, farm fresh meat& eggs, fish, freshly baked breads and sweet treats to go with your fair trade coffee, jams & jellies and there are still lots of artisan products to browse … Beady Eye Jewelry, Dykeman’s Folk Art, Ginger’s Ceramics, Nourished Self Care, Sumarlea’s Arts & Crafts and Watkins.  It’s not too early to be building up your Christmas stash!

Finished for the season are Fox Folly, Rumtopf Farm and Jacob’s Metal Art (Jacob has been ill and is unable to return to the market this season).  Mykal from Abundance Co-op Gardens is away this week but will return the following week.

We have been enjoying our new layout and hope you are too!

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Friday, September 18th

Hello everyone!  It’s another beautiful day for our market.  This week we have Rock on Rock Candles and Bonny Lea Farm back with us.

Our Community Group is Second Story Women’s Centre, who offer all manner of support to women, are here today to encourage women to vote.  SSWC is a very worthy organization in Lunenburg County so please stop by and chat with them.

Due to previous commitments Rukhsana from Indus Cuisine will not be back with us until next spring. If you are missing their wonderful food as much as I am you can visit them at Cafe Karachi on Titus St. in Halifax.

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After Market – Sept. 11th

Just a quick note to say that the new market layout was a success!  Customers had only good things to say about the new location in the lower area and those with children were happy that the children could now roam about without  worry of being hit by a car.  There are still some parking issues to work out.  We would ask that people not park down near the entrance to Smith Rd. nor  on both sides of the road as it makes it difficult for others coming and going.  We will be looking at designating an area for handicap parking.  For the time being the food and coffee will remain near the Visitor Information Centre but as soon as power is established down below they will be moving.

Thanks for everyone who visited today and gave us feedback.

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Vendors may still be switched about a bit but here is what we have so far.  Several vendors were not here today because of the damp weather.  We were very fortunate that the rain held off the market was over.  Click on the photos and diagram to enlarge.

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Friday, September 11th

Another market is almost upon us.  So far the weather forecast is looking rather dismal but staying warm.  We will be holding our annual corn boil this Friday, with corn generously donated by the Higbee’s.  We have 10 dozen ears of corn which will be ready (one pot at a time) by 10:30 so please stop by for a bite to eat.

In our Community space this week we have the Second Story Women’s Centre.  The centre was set up to enhance women’s lives by providing services and education designed to promote personal growth, community awareness and social change.  They will be providing information on women and voting.  Cancelled due to impending rain. 

You can also check out our new Vendor Layout.  All vendors will be set up together (with the exception of the food and coffee until power is established down below) in what was previously the customer parking lot.  Customer parking will be along the side of Smith Rd. where the vendors were previously set up and also along the backside opposite the entrance to the Visitor Information Centre.   There will be an entrance point beside the Boulangerie La Vendeenne booth.  Customer feedback is appreciated (click on the diagram to enlarge it).

September 4th Market

As we welcome in September the warm weather is holding fast, all the children are back to school and the gardens are  ripe for the picking.  There will be an abundance of fresh vegetables and berries this week at the Market as well as fresh meat, fish, coffee and the wonderful smells of Indus cuisine along with your regular artisan products.  We look forward to seeing you at the market!

In our Community spot this week we have the South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians.

The South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians is an active group of individuals committed to challenging and promoting local and global issues that affect Nova Scotia’s South Shore community.

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August 28th Market

Sunny weather is on the way for Friday for our last market of August!  However, it’s still summer at the market (at least until Sept. 21st) – the produce vendors are lush with fresh greens, veggies, fruit and berries.

We will be saying goodbye to the Bonny Lea Farms gang as this is their last week at the market.  Be sure to stock up on their herbal oils and fresh herbs before they are gone.

Musical entertainment will be our very own Brent Dykeman of Dykeman’s Folkart.  Drop by and give him a listen to!

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See  you at the market!