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Big Day in Annapolis Royal - Scores of vendors, hundreds of customers kick off opening of Farmers and Traders Market

Event runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Market Square

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS - People got up early on Saturday in Annapolis Royal, had their breakfast, and were at opening day of the 42nd annual Farmers and Traders Market by 8 a.m.

It was a busy day May 19.

“The weather could not have been any better, sunny and not too hot,” said manager Corinne Roberts Warner. “It was busy right from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors were telling me how happy they are to have the market open.”

Opening day of the market marks the beginning of a long and busy season in Annapolis Royal. While it may be the province’s smallest town (locals call it the Tiny Perfect Town), it’s big on spirit. The Farmers and Traders Market is as much a social events as it is a shopping venue -- and on opening day those spirits and emotions run high.

“I saw lots of vendors and customers greeting each other with big smiles and hugs,” she said. “Its like they were seeing friends they hadn't seen in a while. It was very touching to see that.”

Roberts Warner said there were 101 vendors on opening day with new vendors Salt and Light Sea Salt Company, Isle of Bees, Kevin's Canes and Mats, and three vendors coming on alternate Saturdays -- Dr. Kombucha Beverages, Hobo Crow Farm, and Uncle Bud's Maple Water.

“The vendors had amazing and unique wares such as healing herb teas, huge scallops, asparagus spears (I eat them raw like a stick of licorice), chickpea curry, chicken shawarma, baby kale, crunchy sprouts, huge almond croissants and cinnamon buns, beer, and moonshine,” she said. “I even saw kids that had brought their bikes for a spring tune up.”

Because of a public parking lot access off Church Street -- where the market overflow usually set up – the town’s traffic authority slightly curtailed the number of vendors in that area. Some had been concerned it would change the flavour of the market, but Roberts Warner said that didn’t happen.

“I had nothing but good comments on the loss of part of Church Street with folks telling me they liked the compact and close feeling while walking through the market,” she said.

Charlie Langmead on guitar with his repertoire of hundreds of pop and folk songs provided the entertainment at the stage across from King’s Theatre and the wharf. Next week’s entertainment will be Phil DeMille.

And for all those people who love wood, Roberts Warner is posting on the market’s Facebook page that there will be a vendor with live-edge boards May 26.


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