Written By Guest Writer Destinations / Places Sep 13, 2009 The Halifax Farmer’s Market SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestHalifax’s Farmers’ Market, born in 1750, is Canada’s oldest continuously-running farmers’ market. It is also, according to food mogul Anita Stewart, one of the top ten markets in Canada (click here to read the full list compiled for Canadian Geographic). Any shopper who has ever woken early on a Saturday morning to peruse the goods at the Halifax Farmers’ Market knows it is a true national gem.Housed in the Alexander Keith’s Brewery building, its serpentine paths, stairwells, and cave-like rooms lead you through twists and turns each featuring their own vendors. The main space, well lit from skylights above, is full of produce from farms, orchards, and vineyards selling all sorts of fruits and vegetables in season, often organic, and definitely local. The Creperie Mobile is a local favourite with its nutella or savoury crepes served Parisien style. Steve O Reno’s perfect cappuccinos pair nicely with this decadent breakfast, or head downstairs and join the long line for a rustic baguette from Boulangerie La Vendeene (and take home their buttery, chocolatey pepito for later). A couple other personal favourites are the hard cider, fresh oysters, Acadian meat pies, and Dutchman’s Farm blue cheese by the appropriate name of Dragon’s Breath. They’re not kidding.This farmers’ market opens early, beginning at seven in the morning —and it’s not unusual to see a few keeners arrive even earlier. Clusters of musicians keep the hallways full of hand-clappers and conviviality, there are often other performers and artists, and there is always, without exception, a large crowd. While I lived in Halifax for four years, the Saturday morning market was a major hub of my social circle. Everyone met there for breakfast and groceries, no matter how late their Friday nights had gone. Now the Halifax market is open six days a week and soon the whole bazaar will be moving toward the water and setting up camp along the pier.The shift to the Seaport Market, as it will soon be called, allows for a brighter space that will be open year-round, six days a week. Not only is the new venue more spacious, allowing for more local vendors, it is designed to have a minimal ecological footprint. Salvaged wood was used in the building and solar panels and wind turbines will supply the majority of the electricity. A green roof and natural lighting round out the design (click here to see the Seaport Market plans) that is an inspiration for markets across the country.If you’re heading Eastward, make sure to check out the Halifax Farmers’ Market (the new venue aims to be open by 2010); it is perhaps the best place to eat and meet in the city and it gives visitors an authentic taste of what Halifax has to offer. – by Katie ZydbelPlaces SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Destinations / Travel March 3, 2020 Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort Continued from March | April EAT magazine’s Best of Asia in Mexico. by Shelora Sheldan The morning after the Taste of Asia event, after ... Read More Chefs / Destinations / Epicure at Large / Food People / Travel August 1, 2019 Letters From Lyon August 2019 Cher Eat, I have been wondering a lot lately about how Lyon gained such a recognisable status in gastronomy. Sure, yes there are plenty of ... Read More Chefs / Culture / Destinations / Elsewhere / Travel May 7, 2019 An Introduction to Letters from Lyon to EAT I have spent my career thus far with a few goals in mind: climb the brigade of each kitchen I set foot in, put in my time and become “chef”. ... Read More Destinations November 2, 2017 November Tofino News An old Tofino classic is going to be new again. The Maquinna Pub, part of the Maquinna Hotel building at Main and First Sts., is set to reopen soon ... Read More Destinations / First Look June 26, 2017 Newly relaunched Cure Lounge in Whistler is just in time for summer fun Nita Lake Lodge proudly relaunched its Cure lounge just in time for some fun in the sun during Canada’s 150th summer. Built in 2008, Nita Lake ... Read More Destinations March 16, 2017 Tofino – Ucluelet March Food Buzz Welcome to spring from the west coast. This time of year means the return of migrating whales past our shores, and the event that welcomes them – ... Read More Comments are closed.