Collaborations – they make things work.
Few understand that concept better than the folks with the Antigonish Farmers’ Market; and it’s an idea committee members of the Nova Scotia 55 + Games, which are coming to Antigonish town and county July 31 to Aug.3, fully embrace.
The two groups came together on a bright Sunday morning, June 23, to co-host a breakfast with food items prepared by farmers’ market vendors.
Held in the farmers’ market building on James Street, the groups were splitting the proceeds from the day – half to the running of the upcoming games and the other to the campaign for the Agricultural Centre, which will be the new home to the farmers’ market.
Games committee co-chair and veteran Town of Antigonish councillor Diane Roberts noted it started with her approaching Farmers’ Market Association president Casey van de Sande.
“This is the end result,” Roberts said, gesturing to a large crowd enjoying the meal, the company and beautiful weather on the sunny morning.
“On behalf of the 55 + Games committee, we’re very fortunate and appreciative of this event to assist us with the financial part of the Games.”
“We thought it was a great thing for us to do as part of the community,” Margaret Cornect, from Cornect Family Farm, said, representing her fellow Farmers’ Market Association members.
“Everyone has helped us with our fundraiser, so we thought we would do this.”
Cornect said they put on two breakfast events last summer to help raise money for their building which will provide a venue for a year-round farmers’ market, as well as other improved amenities.
“We just thought we would try it out and it was a hit,” she said, noting there will be another breakfast this summer but no date has been confirmed yet. She added, once the date is selected, it will be well-advertised.
Registration for the provincial 55 + Games ended July 1. Speaking on June 23, Roberts said registration numbers and other preparations for the annual event – first time coming to Antigonish – are going along well.
“To date, close to 500 registered now, which is very good. Sponsorships are going very well too,” Roberts said as fellow co-chair, veteran Municipality of the County of Antigonish councillor Vaughn Chisholm, nodded in agreement.
“There are still a lot of other things to get done but as chairs, we’re very pleased.”