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Farmers Market gets boost from local Rotary Clubs

Posted on January 30, 2019

The Rotary Clubs of Kentville and Wolfville presented the Kentville Farmers Market with some funding for the 2019 Market season last week.  The donation will be used to bring back the Market’s music program.  The Kentville Farmers Market runs weekly on Wednesdays in downtown Kentville all year round.  In the winter months they are housed in the Calkin Building on Cornwallis Street, and from May to October they spread out in Centre Square in the Centre of the downtown.  Kentville’s Market hosts anywhere from 18-30 vendors each season and has been going strong in Kentville for 8 seasons.

Over the last few seasons the market has struggled to find enough funding to keep live music a feature attraction at the Market.  Market Manager Catherine Coles says the market community was excited to hear that live music will be returning for the outdoor season this year thanks to the generous support of two local Rotary Clubs.  “Our vendors and customers are expressing to us how happy they are that the music will be returning this year” Coles said.  “Live music really adds to the atmosphere at the market and the customers really enjoy that”.

The Farmers Market in Kentville started out as a sub-market of the Wolfville Farmers Market.  When that arrangement was no longer an option, a group of Kentville vendors stepped up to form the Kentville Farmers Market and Community Garden Society.  “Fundraising is an important part of operating the market” Coles said, “so when sponsors come through with support like this it really means a lot.”.  Coles said the market depends on grants from organizations, support from local business, and regular fundraisers to stay financially sustainable.  This year a workshop series was also a big success in generating some additional funds.

If you are interested in becoming a market volunteer, sponsor, or vendor, email marketmanager@kentville.ca