Shopping local

One of the advantages of living in Nova Scotia is the prevalence of locally-made goods; you can quite easily meet most of your needs with these goods.  There is a such a strong culture of cottage industry in this province.  In a visit to the Distillery Historic District last December in my home town of Toronto, I was so disappointed by the dearth of locally-made goods (not even Canadian as a whole).  There was only one store that made a genuine attempt to carry locally-made goods; not surprisingly, the owners are graduates of  Nova Scotia’s NSCAD University.

One of my favourite places to buy local goods is the Atlantic Seaport Farmers’ Market in Halifax.  Some of my favourite vendors include:

  • Acadiana Soy Company:  A variety of soy-based products, including pates, tofu, burgers, and so forth.  They make delicious tofu spelt pot pies, and an amazing vegan tourtiere.
  • Fuitition: Variety of vegan food, sweets, and goodies.
  • Gali’s Health Kitchen:  Raw, vegan, and gluten-free treats. I always buy some of her goods to go with my post-market espresso.
  • Grand Pre Wines; Jost Vineyards; Blomidon Winery :  I know a number of people who turn their noses up at Nova Scotia wines; I think it’s a shame, because there are some lovely wines produced locally. Just because wine is French or Italian does not necessarily make it better.
  • Java Blend Coffee Roasters:  Freshly-roasted coffee in small batches.  Yum. OK, I’ll admit that I’m very particular about coffee and have very high standards of quality.  Life is too short for mediocre coffee.
  • Osha Mae Soap:  Soaps, Kaolin body powder; Kaolin and Neem facial mask; Rose cleanser; Deodorant.
  • Seafoam Lavender Farm:  The most heavenly lavender products you can buy.  Always a standing order for the lavender men’s facial cream from my father.
  • Signature Glass:  Stunningly-beautiful glass wares; espresso tastes so much better in her glasses.
  • Triverdad:  Pure argan oil; amazing product for your hair and skin. Love the soap, too.

I’m not adding any of the farmers, as it’s very difficult to distinguish the products from one vendor to another.  The Market is a must see for any visitor to Halifax.