The Kentville Farmers Market held its first indoor Market of the Winter Season at the Kentville Lions Hall on October 14th and it started off with a bang. Community members, vendors, town staff and the Little Pumpkins Daycare group led by Piper Ed Coleman paraded from Centre Square to the Lions Hall to celebrate the start of the indoor season!
The move inside for the winter is exciting for both the Market and the Lions Club who look forward to working together to keep the vibrancy of the Market alive over the winter months in a new larger space with better parking, and more accessibility. “We were operating in the Rec Centre for the Winter previously which was problematic for a few different reasons, the top two being lack of parking and accessibility issues”, says Lindsay Young, CEDC for the Town. “Vendors didn’t have enough space at ground level, and customers with mobility issues couldn’t reach the second floor easily. It’s a win win that we found a space downtown that fixes both of those problems for the Market, and that we can keep a building downtown busy over the winter”.
The move to the Lions Hall is at this point, just for the winter. “No decision has been made yet by the Farmers Market Society Board (made up of volunteers who are also vendors) to stay at the Lions Hall year round. At this point the plan is still to move back to Centre Square for the outdoor season. We will make sure to notify folks in plenty of time if that changes”, says Young.
“The first Market of the season was deemed a success by vendors and customers”, says Manager Catherine Coles. Coles works 4 days a week organizing all operational aspects of the Market with direction from the Volunteer Board. “Change can be difficult to navigate, but we think we pulled this first Market day off quite well. We hope the rest of the season is a success also”.
You can visit the Kentville Farmers Market all winter long at the Lions Hall on River Street on Wednesdays from 10-2. There is long term parking on site and the building is fully accessible. To learn more please like the Kentville Farmers Market facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kentvillefarmersmarket?fref=ts
Editorial contact: Lindsay Young
Community Development Coordinator, Town of Kentville