Farmers market turns to crafts central

Halifax boasts the oldest farmers market in North America and, indeed, at 250+ years, it is venerable.  At the moment, it’s housed in a brewery house built 170+ years ago–a stone cavern in which stalls are set up every Saturday along snaking halls that are at a variety of levels, some with natural light streaming through skylights covering what were once courtyards and others virtual and real cellars.

At this time of year, the bounty of the Valley is petering and syrup and roots are the extent of the fresh edibles, along with fish, meat and bread and pastries.  But crafts being pushed for holiday gifts bloom with surprising good taste: beeswax candles, carefully knitted mittens and sweaters, beautifully inlaid cutting boards.

And then there’s the hash chocolate man….


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