Kingston dinner showcases farmers’ market menu
BY NANCY KELLY
Kings County Advertiser/Register
Bountiful local food and drink was enjoyed at the “The incrEDIBLE Community Supper,” hosted March 13 by members and friends of the Kingston Farmer’s Market at the Kingston Lions’ hall.
A close-to-sold-out crowd was on hand for the event, which featured a “100 mile diet” of gourmet appetizers prepared with local ingredients, followed by a dinner of locally-raised turkey breast, locally-grown vegetables and dessert prepared with locally-grown fruit. Wine tastings, provided by Domaine de Grand Pre Winery and the Muir Murray Winery, were also part of the evening that included door prizes, an NSCC chef demonstration, guest speakers from Select Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Friends of Agriculture; as well as a market slide-show.
Organizer Colleen MacKinley saysthe idea was to offer up a menu consisting of all local products.
“We are fortunate to have just about everything we need for a delicious and healthy diet growing right here in our back yard,” says MacKinley, who has been working with local farmers and producers to promote the fledgling Kingston Farmer’s Market.
The market was established last June through the combined effort of the Kingston Lions Club and several local producers, all of whom remain keen to encourage greater public consumption of local products. The market debuted outdoors in Kingston at the intersection of Bridge and Main streets and, in the fall, moved to an indoor location at the Greenwood Mall. May 12, the market will move back to its outdoor location in Kingston. Until then, the market will continue to operate Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. in the centre court at the Greenwood Mall.
MacKinley says the market continues in its “growth phase,” and she encourages more people and producers to get involved with the initiative.
The money raised at this dinner will go towards purchasing supplies for the market, such as tents and tables; and also help fund entertainment and special events.
Kings West MLA Leo Glavine applauded the Kingston Lions, MacKinley and local farmers, producers and craftspeople for their efforts to promote local agriculture and products.
“You are doing great work by developing the movement for locally-grown food.”
Lamenting the province’s loss of “a lot of farmers and farmland” in recent years, Glavine encouraged the public “to go a little bit further” by supporting local farmers’ markets and by pushing major grocery chains to put more local items on their shelves.
“This will make a big difference, and save agriculture in our province.”
Keeping the market’s momentum going by getting more suppliers and more customers remains the principle focus for MacKinley, who recognizes producers want more customers and customers want a choice of more producers.
“Success will come when we secure both.”