Growing variety at Pictou market

Adam MacInnis
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[Pictou, NS] – With approximately 30 vendors, Joyce Battist is happy to say the Pictou County Weekend Market is off to a strong start for the year.

“I have to say that the first weekend we were open was probably one of the better opening weekends,” she said.

Now entering its 18th season the Pictou Weekend Market (Pictou, Nova Scotia) has come a long way from when it started, she says. That first year they used paper from end rolls to cover the studs and steel on the walls. Every time the wind blew hard they had to staple their walls back up.

Significant upgrades have been done to the New Caledonia Curling Club since then and vendors who have stuck it out are reaping the benefits. Two of the vendors have been there from the very start and several others have spent more than a decade selling their products there on weekends. They’ve also had plenty of new faces join them in recent years.

The market, she said, is not a farmers market, although some of their items cross over. They have a large variety of crafts, concessions and fresh vegetables in season.

Among popular vendors who attend are Sainte Famille Wines, Dan the coin man and several jewelers and crafters.

Battist said they’ve made a point of having lots of concessions for people when they’re there with everything from soup to nuts.

The number of visitors varies by week and often is dependent on the number of tourists who stop by, she said.

“You don’t come to our market for a weekend. You come to our market for the season,” she said of the vendors. “We have good days and we have bad days. We could have a day that we do nothing, and then have a sellout the next day.”

The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Caledonia Curling Club in Pictou. Their season runs from June through September.

Battist encourages people to stop by.

“It’s a wonderful place to spend the summer,” she said.

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Organizations: New Caledonia Curling Club

Geographic location: Pictou, Nova Scotia

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