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Vista Bella Farm – 2018

If you find yourself on the North Shore of Nova Scotia stopping in at Vista Bella Farm is a must. Owned and operated by Brenna Koneczny and Sebastian Margarit, Vista Bella is an operating orchard, apiary and cidery where you can find: cherries, sour cherries, plums and pears. In addition, they have 25 honeybee hives on site, and grow close to two acres of assorted squash and pumpkin.

“Our primary crop is apple – and our goal is to have the most unique apple varieties available to our customers in this province,” Sebastian stated.

After purchasing the farm in 2012, Brenna and Sebastian have been slowly expanding ever since! Their newest addition being hard ciders – which are quite delicious!

“We use as much fruit and honey from our orchard as we can to create new recipes that are unique, naturally flavoured and made with love,” Brenna explained.

Both enjoy working outdoors and working with plants – eventually their hobby grew into what is now an operational small business.

“We currently employ two full time and two part time employees – including ourselves – during harvest time you might find a few extra staff kicking around.”

Over the years Vista Bella Farm has participated in Open Farm Day on four different occasions. If you ask them why they participate they will tell you it’s because they love to connect with their customers and their community.

“It’s great exposure for our farm, but also a lot of fun – it helps us to plan an interactive day for those interested in visiting our operation,” Brenna added.

Visitors can expect to learn a lot about apples and will get to see the farm in action at it’s most productive time of year! The family recently added five pigs to the mix and visitors will be able to feed them an apple. You are welcome to walk around the property, try a new apple variety, participate in an educational tour on apple varietals and witness a honeybee observation gallery in action – all free of charge.

If you wish, you can pick apples at $1.00/lb, the varieties that will likely be available are: Gravenstein, McIntosh, Gingergold, Duchess and more! Depending on this year’s harvest, they may also have other goodies for purchase – soft and hard ciders – and samples.

Did you know: this past season Brenna & Sebastian hand grafted 3000 rootstocks with cider-specific varietals (varietals dating back to the 1400s)!

They hope that one day their farm will be one of the main nurseries and cideries in Nova Scotia to have such a unique selection of apple varietals meant specifically for cider making.

“We love getting to meet other apple/farming enthusiasts and we find that this event always attracts interesting members of our community who share our passion for agriculture and learning.”

Vista Bella Farm can’t wait to see you on Open Farm Day!


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 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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