Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market – A Going Concern!

In wee little Annapolis Royal, we are fortunate to have access to a year round Farmer’s Market. In the summer it is located downtown in our Market Square and in the winter it moves to the Historic Gardens.








It is wonderful to have access to locally grown and locally made food products 52 weeks a year!

Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market – Every Saturday morning, 9-12, until May 11


Celebrating our Heritage: Feb 17-20



ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NOVA SCOTIA, February 9, 2012 – Parks Canada is proud to work with the Historical Association of Annapolis Royal, the Annapolis Heritage Society and the Historic Gardens to celebrate Heritage Day in Annapolis Royal with a “Heritage Weekend” from February 17th to 20th.

The Heritage Canada Foundation theme for this year’s heritage day is the Heritage of Power Generation.  The 2012 Heritage Day theme celebrates the past, but also looks forward as the world’s attention turns to energy-use reduction and new sources of green energy.

Activities planned in Annapolis Royal over the weekend to highlight the heritage of power generation, include:

Friday February 17th:  At the Annapolis Royal Fire Hall, the 2012 Queen Annapolis Royal fund raising dinner celebrates Heritage Days. Alan Melanson will provide the Heritage perspective, and Linda Bailey will be the keynote speaker.

Saturday February 18th: At the Historic Gardens, winter home of the Annapolis Royal Farmers’ and Traders’ Market check out the fresh local goods 9am-12noon. From 10-12, enjoy some traditional forms of energy at the bonfire & marshmallow roast and try your hand at blacksmithing with Brad Hall… and meet Alan Melanson at the Acadian House.  From 1p.m. until 4p.m. there will be family snowshoeing (conditions permitting) and hot chocolate for all. For details, follow this link…

Sunday February 19th: 2:30 p.m. at the Annapolis Royal Library: The Triumphs and Trials of writing for Children with Joyce Grant-Smith.

HERITAGE DAY – Monday February 20th

 Fort Anne National Historic Site:  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:  At the Fort Anne Officers’ Quarters visitors can take in a behind-the-scenes look at the Fort Anne Library and the curatorial collection to learn about how these valuable documents, scrapbooks and artifacts are stored, catalogued, and cared for.  The Fort Anne Officer’s Quarters, in its early years, was a repository of community history thanks to many community residents who donated items that have been added to the collection.  Experts, namely a conservator and librarian, will be on hand to share their knowledge.

Tidal Power Generating Station 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.: An opportunity to learn behind the scenes about the science and technology of this unique Energy generating system

Town of Annapolis Royal Town Hall 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Open house and Heritage Building awards presentation.

 Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP) 10:00 to 3:00 at the Old Train Station in Annapolis Royal:  An open house featuring energy efficiency in a heritage setting. There will be energy efficient light bulbs (CFLs) and other energy saving products to give away. CARP staff will greet guests and discuss energy saving techniques.

O’Dell House Museum:  Launch of the causeway construction archival photo display from the 1960’s — on display for two weeks.

All sorts of things to experience this weekend in Annapolis Royal. Join us!

Annapolis Royal’s Winter Farmer’s Market

The Winter version of the Annapolis Royal Farmer’s Market is well underway in its home at the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal, every Saturday morning 9-12. The “winter” season launched in mid-October after the season finale of the downtown Farmer’s Market, a community highlight for 30 years!

The Winter Market is not quite as grand in scale as the summer market, but has almost everything a “locavore” can hope for: fish, meat, eggs, veggies, baked goods, locally roasted coffee, hot cider, sausages, sweets, as well as some artwork, books, handcrafts and “this & that”. Fun to visit, buy local food, have a coffee and cinnamon bun with friends, and even to wander the Historic Gardens on a nice day.

On November 13, the Winter Market moved from the Gardens sheltered entry area (outdoors) into its new indoor digs, in the building that serves as the Gardens Gift Shop in the summer months. A bright and airy space with a wonderful view of the Gardens Courtyard, there couldn’t be a more beautiful setting for a Farmer’s Market, could there?

Come out and experience the Annapolis Royal Winter Market, and the Historic Gardens, every Saturday morning 9am-12noon!

Meet you at the Market!

Winter Market – A New Tradition is Born!

Today was the very first market of a new Annapolis Royal Winter Market effort – providing a venue for locals and visitors alike to buy local food and other goodies as well. And of course, providing our customary Saturday morning social outing!

Read more on this successful first event in the Historic Gardens Blog.


Winter Market in Annapolis Royal

It’s official now… after much discussion and planning, Annapolis Royal’s first “Winter Market” will be launched on November 7, 2009.

Annapolis Royal Farmer's Market in September

Annapolis Royal Farmer's Market in September

Our summer Farmer’s Market has been a resounding success for many years. In this day and age, when consumers have a renewed interest in locally produced food, it seems that a year round market presence is a great idea. To that end, the Town of Annapolis Royal has agreed to spearhead the project for its first year, to try to build a successful Winter Market.

Now I might say at this point that I really don’t like the term “Winter Market”… it sounds sooooo cold, and truly, winter does not actually begin until late December. So let’s call it an Autumn Market for a while, at least until the snow flies, or the Cooler Season Market… even the Frost Market sounds a little less cold. Perhaps the Town should have encourage some creative naming and see what comes up.

Whatever you call it, the “Winter Market” starts November 7 and runs every Saturday morning 9-12. And the location is at the Historic Gardens, in a sheltered outdoor area behind the German Bakery & Garden Cafe (which will also be open with coffee, baked goods and maybe even some hot soup! )

And so, a new tradition will be born… Meet you at the Market!

Farmers Market – A Local Tradition!


The Farmers Market… well, actually its the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market but to most people its just “The Market”. Ask any good Annapolitan what to do on a summer Saturday and they’ll recommend the Market – that weekly gathering of farmers and crafters, winemakers and bakers, friends and friends-to-be, musicans, and folks from just about all walks of life. It’s a not-to-be-missed weekly social outing for locals, and a greatly appreciated attraction for visitors to our Town.

(I should mention at this point that there is also a Wednesday market, which is terrific as well, but it’s the Saturday Market that has captured the hearts of the locals!)


And with the fall harvest season upon us, the Market seems to take on a more vibrant role than usual. On a coolish fall day, warmed by a cup of coffee or a hot potato pancake, you can check out the great selection of apples, pumpkins, cider, all the while chatting with the growers.



And for some, you can browse through the crafts as you begin to think about Christmas.


So imagine my delight when I heard that the 2009 Market Season was to be extended this year an extra 3 weeks, to the end of October!


There is talk now about a winter market, in the Community Centre. It will certainly have a different atmosphere than the outdoor market, but the coffee, treats and social time will be present no matter the season or location!


Meet you at the Market! (Saturdays through October 30, 8am-1pm, in Annapolis Royal.)

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