The Halifax Farmer’s Market
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Founded in 1750, the Halifax Farmers’ Market is the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America. Ironically the current market is housed in an ultra-modern LEED certified building newly constructed to house over 250 merchants and marketeers.

The Halifax Farmer’s Market

The Halifax Farmer’s Market

A quarter-of-a-millennium ago the market was spread out along the sidewalks of Halifax’s historic Market Street. While the venue has changed the produce and offerings have not, with a panoply of the freshest and choicest foods and other offerings spread across the new market’s airy property.

I had an opportunity to explore the market with Emily Forrest, a knowledgeable guide who recently opened a tour company designed to pamper the gustatory desires of visitors to Halifax. For a bargain price of twenty five dollars Emily leads guests through a tasting extravaganza.

Emily Forrest of Local Tasting Tours giving a guest some pointers on Italian gelato

Emily Forrest of Local Tasting Tours giving a guest some pointers on Italian gelato

Offerings include genuine Cornish Pasties (that’s a short “a” vowel sound, NOT pronounced like the burlesque garment of the same spelling) available the Maritime Pasty Company. Their Eccles cakes are yummy and be sure to try their Nellie Mott’s Non-Alcoholic Ginger Wine. Remember the password “Tiddy Og” for a dollar off all pastry offerings. (Don’t be put off by all the talk of “tiddies” and “pasties”; this IS a respectable establishment!)

Another not-to-miss shop is the Foxhill Cheese House. This outlet for a sixth generation family farm features non-homogenized chocolate and regular milk in traditional milk bottles. The chocolate milk is light and full of cocoa flavor, unlike the treacly, seaweed-spiked concoction that large dairies serve out. Also a must is to try out the authentic recipe gelato…best I’ve had since visiting Milan.

Fox Hill Cheese House gelato

Fox Hill Cheese House gelato

For scrumptious wraps and hearty Acadian dishes such as fricot, a beef or chicken and vegetable light stew just follow chef Darren Poirier’s rendering of traditional and not-so-traditional songs as he works away at the Wrap So D Catering establishment. He has served over 250,000 of his amazing cinnamon buns: “made with real butter,” he sniffs, unlike a certain other large chain which fancies its cinnamon buns as pretty “hot stuff”.

Fox Hill Cheese House

Fox Hill Cheese House

Whatever your taste, whether it’s specialty breads served by a former high-powered Manhattan lawyer…who looks like your grandma, to home-made soups guaranteed to cure the common cold, you’ll find it here on Halifax’s historic waterfront.

 

If You Go:
Local Tasting Tours
Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market

 

Photo Credits

The Halifax Farmer’s Market – By Destination Halifax, A. Young – All Rights Reserved

All other images by George Burden – All Rights Reserved

 

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