At the Gourmet Eggplant booth, all of Chantelle MacKinnon’s eggplant parmesan with fresh tomato and basil sauce disappeared in under 30 minutes. A long line of picnickers kept the Bruce Family Farm red-hot barbeque packed with organic beef burgers and sausages. Moreover, like last year, Hog Wild had its “Sold Out” sign up early on.
Select Nova Scotia's fourth annual IncrEDIBLE Picnic at the Annapolis Royal Farmers Market Sunday saw several hundred hungry guests sampling local wines, home cooking, and baking under sunny skies.
"The dining tents were up over the picnic tables,” said organizer Heather LeBlanc. “We were ready for rain, but, like last year, we have another glorious Sunday. We are so pleased to have perfect weather for our guests to enjoy all these local products.”
Adding to the festive family fun atmosphere were a number of artists set up around the market, producing work for the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council's Paint the Town long-time late-August event. Painter Wayne Boucher worked under the watchful eyes of visitors much of the day.
Twenty producers offered a range of products from Inglis Farm’s fresh fruit and grilled tofu and vegetable kebabs from Acadiana Soy to iced mint tea from Green Leaf Farm to Marie and Guy’s French bakery delights. Beavercreek Winery, Lawrencetown, poured fruit wine samples and Sissiboo Coffee Roasters poured coffee.
"The demand for local, fresh produce, and products made right here at home is growing," said Leblanc. “Thanks to Select Nova Scotia, the Town, and ARCAC, this day makes us aware of the importance of supporting local growers and producers by buying locally."