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Sugar Moon Farm – 2018

Nestled at the base of Nuttby Mountain, in Earltown, Nova Scotia is Sugar Moon Farm which is owned and operated by Quita Gray and her husband Scott Whitelaw. Born in Victoria, British Columbia – Quita studied music at the University of Ottawa and put herself through school by spending her summers working in the bush in Northern Alberta. After this she attended Ranger School in Fredericton, New Brunswick – which is where she met Scott in 1986.

“After Ranger School, Scott and I looked for some land,” Quita explained. “We met Bob Williams here in Earltown, he had a 200-acre farm with 2500 taps and a small rustic pancake house. He was looking for the right people to take over.”

Clearly, they fit the bill, from 1994-1996 Quita and Scott apprenticed with Bob, learning how to make maple syrup and how to work in the woods with horses. In 2000 they expanded their operation, opening the sugar farm year-round.

“Now we welcome around 30,000 visitors from around the world who come to taste traditional maple-inspired local food, to hike the beautiful trails nearby, to tour our sugar camp and learn about how we make maple syrup, and to purchase pure maple products and other goodies in our shop,” said Quita.

Sugar Moon Farm has been participating in Open Farm Day since its inception!

“We think that people need and want to know where their food comes from. It’s our mission to raise understanding of maple syrup production as well as to feature local ingredients in our restaurant from farmers and food producers in the Maritimes,” Scott added. “Open Farm Day is all about that connection, so it makes sense to us.”

Did you know: Nova Scotia makes only .5% of the global supply of maple syrup? There is lots of “untapped” potential for the industry to grow in Nova Scotia.

Visitors will be able to sign up for a tour, have a bite to eat, go for a hike, and pick up a maple goody from the shop.

What’s their favourite part about Open Farm Day?

“Meeting the guests and turning them on to the amazing world of maple syrup!”

Be sure to check out Sugar Moon Farm on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.

Sugar Moon Farm can’t wait to see you in September!


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18 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 capebreton.localfoodmarketplace.com/Account/Register 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 admin@pancapebretonfoodhub.ca for any questions or help navigating the online marketplace.
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