PUGWASH – The federal government is investing $59,000 towards building three kiosks for the Pugwash Farmers Market.
The permanent kiosks, with electrical connections and lights, will offer an indoor setting for more vendors while improving customer experience and preventing service disruptions due to inclement weather.
“Projects like these are the cornerstone of any healthy community,” farmers market cooperative president Jennifer Houghtaling said in a news release. “The Pugwash Farmers’ Market is a stepping stone for tourism, economy and sustainability to grow here in the village. We are a gathering place of young entrepreneurs, new ideas and community engagement. It is a place to connect with others which makes for stronger community spirit. This infrastructure project will give the members a sense of pride and permanence and allow them to focus on growing their businesses. I believe the benefits will spearhead another level of growth for the market and the community.”
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland is providing an additional $38,616 towards the project and the Pugwash Farmers Market Cooperative Limited raised $20,000 for the project over three years.
Warden Allison Gillis said the village comes to life every Saturday morning during the farmers’ market season.
“Jennifer Houghtaling and all the volunteers deserve a lot of credit for making this market a positive gathering place for both vendors and consumers,” the warden said. “I feel confident that this project will improve the market and attract more vendors and consumers to Pugwash.”
The market, which attracts local and seasonal residents as well as tourists, is an important regional draw for the community, generating significant economic benefits for vendors and area businesses, Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey said during the announcement.
“The Pugwash Farmers’ Market draws large numbers of dedicated locals and out-of-area visitors, who regularly spend thousands of dollars at the venue and in area businesses,” Casey said. “And with updated facilities, the market will draw more consumers, who will linger longer, and spend more money, at the market, and in the county.”
The funding was allocated through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, which helps Atlantic communities to develop competitive industry sectors; strengthen infrastructure; enhance environmental performance; overcome economic challenges and build on their strengths to create long-term employment and economic growth.