New for 2017 at Yarmouth Farmers’ Market

Vendors from Syria, Iraq and Yukon among newcomers at market


Published on March 13, 2017

Alaa Anter, from Syria, settled in Yarmouth 15 months ago. She sells Middle Eastern food at the market on Saturdays and by text orders weekdays, if placed the day before.

©Carla Allen

YARMOUTH - The Yarmouth Farmers’ Community Market is expanding its scope with the addition of vendors from the far north and Middle Eastern countries this year.

Mariah Morningstar has returned from the Yukon to Yarmouth, the region of her childhood.

While up north, she ran a dedicated gluten-free cupcake business, with recipes she designed and built.

Now she’s gauging interest from shoppers for her cakes and sugar-free options like cookies, lemon bars and date-loaf as well as dry flour blends for waffles, flat breads and cake mixes for people who want to bake their own.

“I try to bring a little bit each time so people can see what I can do,” she said. “What I really love about the farmers market is it’s an opportunity to see if a business might be viable.”

Tahrir Abdulhasan, a chef from Iraq, runs Baghdad Delights. He moved here with his family last August. His booth features sweets like baklava, in addition to kabbah rise and kabbah gap - rice or potatoes mixed with ground beef, onions, mixed spice and parsley. Abdulhasan is also a team member at the Shanty Café.

Alaa Anter, from Syria, settled in Yarmouth 15 months ago and has been selling at the market for five weeks. She’s also launched Alaa Carte, a service that offers free delivery for orders texted one day in advance (902-815-7712) Monday to Friday.

She offers homemade Middle Eastern cuisine: babaganoush, hummus, tabouli, falafel, pita chips, coconut cake and qatayef.


Maureen Foster, from Hubbards Point, joins the market with handmade soaps and bath bombs, as well as handmade acrylic socks.

She says she has over 30 different kinds with fragrances that include lemongrass, anise, lavender, apple cinnamon, cranberry almond and others.

Foster began making soaps five years ago out of her home as a hobby.

Ruth Parker (Land’s End Bakery and Farm Products) has some 100 per cent hand-spun pure wool from Leicester and Shetland sheep.

“My son, Allen, sheared the sheep and I washed it in a wringer washer,” she said.  She sells it for $5 an ounce.

Carla Crowell is a relative newcomer to the market, with produce from Fields of Grace Farm in North Cheggoggin. This includes eggs, vegetables and grain/grass-fed Limousin and Charolais beef.

Westin Cook is the local representative for Still Fired Distilleries at Lequille Country Store near Annapolis Royal.

“We’re basically just trying to reach out to all the farmers’ markets,” he said.

Spirits include whisky: Granny’s Apple Pie Moonshine and Night Owl Coffee Moonshine made with Sissiboo coffee and sweetened with Nova Scotia honey. There’s also a line of double-distilled, triple-filtered vodkas, including those flavoured with vanilla bean and Thai chili pepper. Their new Fundy gin is passed over Bay of Fundy beachstone and infused with dulse.

Regular Vendors

Bee's Best - honey, Nova Scotia agate.

Land's End bakery - bread, pastries, eggs, wool.

Bully Goth Farm -mushròoms, spice mixes,  pickled vegetables.

Nova Scotia Lasers- custom etched gift ware on glass, wood and marble.

Simply Beeswax- Beeswax candles, bath and beauty products.

Maple Grove-maple syrup and handmade  bird houses

Riverview Produce Farm - fruits and vegetables

Fields of Grace farm- fresh eggs, vegetables, flowers and frozen beef

Blue Ribbon Baking-All gluten free cakes, cookies, waffles and mixes.

Alaa Carte- Syrian specialty dishes including falafels and hummus.

Emilia's Smoothies - smoothies, ice pops jams, jellies

Green Thumbs Farm - fruits an vegetables

Thousand Hills Farm - free range chicken, pork, eggs

Baghdad Delights- baklava and sweets. Middle eastern savory offerings.

Carino Confections - chocolate and confectionery

Audrey Jenkins - knitting, jams, jellies, preserves

Annapolis Highland Vineyards - wine

Sissiboo Coffee Roaster - coffee

Mystic Sunrise - body lotions and home products

Debbie Roberts - photography

Scott Hazelton - Dog treats

Pat Pero- Jewellery, knitted baby wear

La-Tea-Dough - artisanal baked breads

The Morleys - prepared foods and   pastries.

Maureen's Soaps- soaps and bath bombs.

Still Fired Distilleries - moonshine, vodka and gin.

Seasonal vendors:

Ouest-Ville Perennials -Perennials, plants and gardening supplies.

Ironworks Distilleries

Roof Hound Brewery

Yarmouth Community Gardens

Morris Pottery

Occasional vendors:

Yarmouth Community Garden - vegetables