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Marshdale Farms – 2018

Nestled in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County lies Marshdale Farms, owned and operated by Megan and her husband Erik, where they raise beef cattle and specialty cut flowers.

“The flower crop is definitely my end of the operation, I have a background in plant science so I guess you could say I’m a huge plant nerd,” Megan explained.

2018 marks the third year for Megan’s flower crop, the flowers are her way of growing the family farms legacy – something that is very important to her.

You may wonder why she decided to start growing flowers, Megan wanted to find a niche that would use her education and creativity and fill a market gap in a community that is very locally minded and fresh cut flowers seemed to be the best choice to fulfill those needs.

This will be Marshdale Farms first time participating in Open Farm Day and they can’t wait to showcase their beautiful flowers! Visitors will get to see all of the growing stages on a small flower farm, across the quarter acre you will see a large variety of annual and perennial flowers. Visitors will also get to see flowers in bloom, areas that have been harvested, and even the immature perennial beds – all located next to one of their hay fields

When asked why they wanted to participate in Open Farm Day Megan replied,

“Farming isn’t as familiar to people as it used to be and transparency is very important to my customers. Open Farm Day can help meet those needs. Besides, I often only get to see my customers on market day! An event like this means I get a chance to visit with them and show them a bit about how local flowers are grown.”

According to Megan, many people don’t know that Nova Scotia is home to a growing number of small flower farms. She says this is true for all of Canada.

Did you know: This year Open Farm Day falls during the very first Canadian Flowers Week, which celebrates the fantastic flowers grown in Canada and the people who work with them!

Curious about what Megan’s favourite part of Open Farm Day is?

“I love that lots of different farms get involved, so if a family is up for a road trip they can see plenty of different crops and animals all in one day.”


19 hours ago

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While 300 orders have been received and ordering is closed for this week, Truro Farmers Market Cooperative has online ordering for Saturday pickup. Be sure to like and follow here on FB to find the form to place a future order.

These systems are new so THANK YOU for trying them, supporting NS farmers and food businesses and for having patience as we all adjust to buying in new ways!We are so happy, but so sad too - we have to cut off the orders for this week! We are at 300 orders and logistically we just can't deal with any more than that in our second week of filling orders.
We will have an even better ordering system in place for next week, which will be accessible through our website. Watch for postings about it going live and thank you so much for your support! On behalf of our local producers - you rock!
We will add a second order day and/or more logistics so that we can accept more orders next week.
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2 days ago

Meet Your Farmer

If you are in Cape Breton the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub and Cape Breton Farmers' Market have teamed up to provide at home deliveries for online orders.

They have provided the steps to get signed up and logged in to use this service.

Be sure to follow Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op and Cape Breton Farmers Market to stay up-to-date with info!While the physical Cape Breton Farmers Market will no longer be open during this time as we deal with COVID-19, you can still support local farms and access the same fresh food by using the Cape Breton Food Hub's online ordering system. During the COVID-19 crisis, all orders placed through the Food Hub will be delivered to you directly. As a member co-op the Cape Breton Food Hub generally has a membership fee, but for all those using this service in place of the Cape Breton Farmers’ market the membership fee will be waived.

To place a local food order through the Food Hub’s online marketplace you will first need to register and add a free temporary membership to your account. Here’s how:

1. Create a Login by visiting You will be asked for an email and to create an 8+ character Password.

2. Next, select Sydney as your pick up location from the drop down menu and enter your address, email and phone number to complete your registration. This information allows us to get in touch with you about any market service changes.

3. Click on the person icon on the top right side of the screen to go to “Account Information”

4. Select the third tab at the top “Credit Card” and enter your information here. Please ensure that the postal code you provided with your address matches the postal code associated with your credit card. If you do not have a credit card contact us and you can arrange to pay by etransfer.

5. Finally, return to the “Account Info” tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. On the right you will see a green “Add Membership” button.

6. Select “Temporary Market Member” from the drop down menu and confirm. You will need to press confirm once more once it takes you to your order.

7. That’s it! Now you are ready to order! Select “Product List” at the very top during market hours to view products and place your order.

Our online marketplace is open Fridays at noon until 7 pm on Mondays. Log in any time within these hours to view products and place an order. Your order will be delivered to your door the following Thursday between 4 pm and 7pm. Someone will ring your bell then leave the order for you to retrieve.

Please contact the Food Hub directly at for any questions or help navigating the online marketplace.
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