I have a goal for the next few months. My goal is to visit as many different farmers markets as I can. Although I enjoy the markets in Halifax/Dartmouth I want to explore some of the others in the province. By visiting different markets I'll be able to see what else there is available and learn about the communities too.
I plan to visit farmers markets in Lunenburg, Wolfville, Truro, Musquodoboit, Windsor, Mahone Bay, Tantallon, Bridgewater, etc. We also have a trip planned to visit the Cabot Trail in August. Hopefully I'm able to find some markets up there to visit too.
My first visit occurred this past weekend. I visited the Hubbards Barn & Community Park in Hubbards.
Hubbards is located approximately 45 minutes west of Halifax. Their farmers market runs on Saturdays from 8am to noon.
It was a beautiful day for a drive. When I arrived I was able to find a parking spot (luckily - it was quite busy) and made my way to the barn.
Inside, my first stop was to Julien's Pastry Shop for a loaf of spelt bread (same vendor as the one at the Halifax Seaport Market).
Next was the Fromagerie Hug your Nanny Goat Cheese. How cute is this? I bought some feta cheese and had a yummy sample of an herbed cheese.
I love the 'barn'. It's all wood inside and so warm and cozy.
There is even a small cafe with coffee and snacks too. Seems like there is always a little coffee shop at all of the markets. Early morning food shopping and coffee go hand in hand I guess.
There was some good 'ol Maritime music...
And then I came upon this stall and found some bags of nuts, seeds, oils, and other things like spirulina, tahini, coconut oil, etc.. I bought some pumpkin seeds.
I also visited a chocolate vendor and bought a mint dark chocolate bar.
My favourite vendor of the day was the stall with the granola spread. There were 3 different granolas to choose from and 7 add-on toppings too.
I chose the Summer Blend Granola with millet, almonds, sesame seeds, and chia seeds, sweetened with brown rice syrup and applesauce. Toppings I added to it were the dried apricots, ginger and dried blueberries. I had some for breakfast this morning. Delicious!
There were a few vendors with some produce too. I picked up some carrots, asparagus, rhubarb, radishes and some spinach.
Look at that - homemade popsicles for sale. Too bad I didn't have my daughter with me. She would have probably chosen the chocolate banana one.
There were some vendors outside too. Jewelry, more produce, and some preserves.
And some flowers and plants.
I had also made a stop to Mother Hubbards Cupboard for some eclectic shopping. Sigh...too bad I was there too early. It wasn't open yet. Bummer! Next time I'm in the area I'll definitely check this place out.
Once I got back to Halifax I ended up at the Halifax Seaport Market to finish up my shopping before I headed home. I just couldn't stay away..
The end result of my market expedition?
Here's my market haul for the week. Awesome, isn't it?! I love this time of the year. There is just so much available. Peas and zucchini were new this week and I also got a lot of lettuce, some kale, some strawberries, goat's milk, new potatoes, apple cider, tomatoes, cucumber, eggs, ground turkey, and more.
Any guesses for which market I visit next?
Hubbards Farmers Market
#57 Hwy 3
Saturdays 8am - noon