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10 reasons to check out the Halifax Forum Farmers' Market This Saturday

This little piggy went to market. The Halifax Forum Farmers' Market to be precise. And I liked it there so much I've been back every Saturday since – first as a shopper, then as a vendor. Since May 2, 2015 the Halifax Forum Farmers' Market has been happening each Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Bingo Hall. And it's only getting better as more locally grown produce becomes available and the range of vendors grows. Here's why you should come:

1. Fruit and vegetables. The crisp asparagus and tangy rhubarb have been popular but as these seasons wrap up there are now sweet Nova Scotia strawberries that are berry, berry delicious.

2. Plants. We're talking seriously robust flowers and herbs. The parsley I bought three weeks ago and transplanted has quadrupled in size.

3. Baked goods. Bread, cinnamon rolls, granola, strudel, fudgelicious, and more. This gluten-free crandberry muffin came from Wild Leek. Come hungry, grab a seat at one of the many tables, and tuck in with a freshly pressed Steve-O-Reno's coffee.

4. Vendors. They'll pour you a sample of apple cider and tell you why it's sweet or tart. The Good Robot folks will let you try a swig of their new craft beer — even though it's 9:30 a.m. (Hey, there's a breakfast stout so don't judge!) The vendors are deservedly proud of their products and they make market day an experience.

5. Jewelry and art. Beautiful handmade jewelry including these lovely earrings pictured from Made By Gretchen, rings hammered from rare Newfoundland coins, framed nature photography, and wall art created from sea glass. Swoon!

6. Crafts. A special shout-out here to all the artisans but especially my tablemate Heidi Hallett of Hatched Halifax and her whimsical assortment of DIY memory books and mini messages in a bottle, greeting cards, gift tag sets, bookmarks and gnome labels for your garden. Elsewhere you'll find picture frames and clocks adorned with Scrabble letters.

7. Books. I'm there selling Lunar Lifter and Scotia Sinker (adventure fiction for ages six to 10) at a table with young adult author Kat Kruger and her fantastic sci-fi werewolf Magdeberg Trilogy. Between us we have five books to keep kids young and old reading through the summer and beyond. Read local, y'all.

8. Assorted sundries. Super soft baby clothes, knitted caps and tea cozies, soaps, candles, buttons, doggie treats, lip balms developed by a nine-year-old girl, and bird houses. I covet them all. You will too.

9. Wide aisles. It's full at times but not crowded. No passing lane is required.

10. Parking. There's plenty of it on site and it's free. How handy is that for transporting home all your new loot?

The sad news is that this Saturday is my last as a vendor for now. With only two books to sell, this little piggy needs to get busy writing more so I can return to market as a vendor with a three-pack. I hope to see you at the Halifax Forum Farmer's Market soon. Cheers!

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