And now open for business in the old Cardigan (Prince Edward Island) train station, the market is generating all kinds of interest.
“I think everyone who knows this building loves it,” says market member Rhonda Lloyd. “And as producers and vendors, we love it as well.”
Brightly painted with new signs, the market dominates the village square and features an array of goods from fresh sausage and rustic breads to garden produce and jewelry. They even have Cornish pasties.
“We believe this is a great spot for the market and hope the region will support all the local producers and artisans who supply us,’’ said market president Sharon Forsythe.
And after a one-year absence from the community, Famous Peppers Pizza (which has its main operation in Charlottetown now) has returned to Cardigan to operate a seasonal restaurant featuring a mobile wood-fired oven.
Owner Dan Mitchell said he started his company in Cardigan and is glad to be back with a seasonal operation.
“We will be open for four days a week and we’re still playing with the hours until we determine the demand,’’ said Lloyd. “It’s like a little grocery or general store in a way, and we like that idea.”
The market, open from Thursday to Sunday, also has fresh jellies and jams, Amiel’s Island Fire sauces, and a variety of craft goods as well. There’s indoor seating to enjoy the tea room snacks and pizza.
Lloyd, who hails from England, operates Lloyd’s specialty meats with her husband Carl and both raise pasture-fed pork at their Dundas Farm.