HOPEWELL CAPE – The Market at the Museum is having its season opening May 17th in the most unique location for a farmer's market anywhere. The market is going to be in the Exhibition Hall at the Albert County Museum surrounded by the Museum's extensive collection of antique farm implements, pioneer tools, and early home furnishings and appliances. It's bringing the past and the present together so people can see the tools that were once used to make the products they're buying at the market today.
When asked about the move to Exhibition Hall from the Community Hall, where the market was held last year, Donald Alward, Museum Manager and Curator said “We tried it once last year due to a scheduling conflict (with the Community Hall) and got such a positive response from the public and the vendors that we decided to move the market permanently to Exhibition Hall this year. The fact that market goers will get to see the tools used in the past to make the same types of products they're buying today, is really what the Museum is all about.”
Donald continued saying “Part of the modern museum experience is to bring history to life, to be able to experience it first hand, and with the market here, we're doing that 'like no other place in the country!'. It's pretty exciting!”
The Farmers and Crafters Market is a joint venture between the Albert County Museum and Foods of the Fundy Valley, a local non-profit organization whose mandate is to encourage local food awarness through education and promotion. It is the second year the market will be at the Museum, and already there is buzz in the community about the market's location, the planned activities and some of the new vendors coming to the market. One of the highlights of the market is the weekly breakfast prepared by the Museum. Each week it is a different breakfast sourced from the local economy.
Foods of the Fundy Valley (FFV) have a number of educational events planned throughout the market season for both adults and children, such as planting herbs, and growing the Three Sisters. Weekly children's activities run at 10am and a "Market in Motion" walk will be held at 11 am, every week starting in June.
FFV will also be hosting a number of workshops on a variety of topics such as food preparation, building and using an outdoor oven along with other educational topics. Further information on upcoming workshops and weekly market activities can be found on either the Museum's or Food's of the Fundy Valley's Facebook pages.
The Museum Market is set to run every Saturday from May 17th to October 11th from 9am to 1pm.