Antigonish Farmers’ Market Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Welcome to the Antigonish Farmers’ Market Holiday Gift Guide!


This year I decided to showcase some of the wonderful holiday products the Farmers’ Market vendors have to offer. I hope this online gift guide inspires you to visit the market this joyous season and to find something special for everyone on your shopping list.

Also, check out the wonderful GIVEAWAY PRIZE at the end of the post!


Happy shopping!


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Cornect Family Farm

The Beekeeper’s Boards. Handmade on our farm in Guysborough County, the Beekeepers’ Boards are made from Birch and Maple hardwood locally sourced from the woods of Nova Scotia and Walnut from Ontario.  No two are ever alike. With each purchase you receive a tin of “Bee Kind to Your Wood” paste. Also made on our farm with a food safe mineral oil to keep your board well oiled, beeswax from our own bees to give your board surface extra water repellency plus carnauba wax, to provide added hardness and surface protection. From $115 to $125 (tax included).


All Things Honey. Besides providing liquid and creamed honey, we also make a number of condiments, Honey Butter and  Spreads – all made with our own honey. Visit us at the the Antigonish Farmers’ Market for the best selection of products. From $4 to $36 for a six pound pail of raw honey (tax included).


Pure Beeswax Candles. Beeswax is the purest of waxes, being a natural air purifier and non-allergenic. The warm amber glow is relaxing and soothing while emitting a lovely scent of honey while burning. We have a variety of pure beeswax candles available. From $2 for the smallest tealight to $18 for the largest candle (tax included).

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Haveracres Maple Farm

Local Maple Syrup products. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Nova Scotian maple syrup products. From pure maple syrup, to maple butter and maple sugar! Straight from their family owned farm in St. Joseph’s, the Haverkort’s offer a variety of maple syrup products in a various sizes. From $6 to $66

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Phyllis’ Kitchen

Holiday Home-Baked Goods. Enjoy the Holidays with a variety of delicious festive treats. Phyllis’ Kitchen offers gluten-friendly breads, bagels, fudge, shortbread cookies, pies, sourdough, squares, and much more. $5+

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Swinkels Bee Products

Stingin’ Hot Honey & Eco-Friendly Beeswax Wraps. Check out the latest addition to Sandra Swinkels’ honey products line. Stingin’ hot honey will surely please anyone on your list who likes to add some spice to their meals. And the popular eco-friendly and reusable beeswax wraps are a great addition to anyone’s kitchen. Sandra can include these items and other products of your choice (e.g. hand-made soaps, bath salts, balm salve, lip balm and moisturizers) in a personalized Holiday gift box for you to give to someone special.  $10 for the 6oz Stingin’ hot honey and $6 for the small beeswax wrap.

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Merigomish Market Garden

Christmas Goodies & Preserves. These delicious jams, jellies, baked goods, snacks, warm drink mixes and spice mixes make for thoughtful gifts and wonderful stocking stuffers. From $3 to $40

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Stocking Stuffers


Mom’s Recipe

Authentic Thai Deliciousness. Add some Kimchi to your pantry this season, a traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables, with a variety of seasonings. Thai style salad dressing perfect for any greens. Delicious coconut jam for your morning breakfast. $7+

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Marie’s Creations

Hand-Knitted Hats. Marie Melanson’s creations for adults and children are hand made with 100% wool or acrylic yarn. Whether it’s an original style, cabin style, or with Acadian colours, keep your head warm this winter by wearing one of these classy toques. From $15 to $30

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Bearly Decent

One of a kind silk scarves. Original hand-dyed and hand-made scarves by Antigonish’s own Maura Pelletier. These beautiful and colourful silk scarves will surely make a statement with any outfit. $40 & $50

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Queen Bead

Charming Beaded Earrings. Queen Bead’s earrings are available in a variety of different colours and styles. They are all one of a kind, and custom orders are welcome! Be sure to check out Sarah’s stylish earring creations and other accessories the next time you visit the Antigonish Farmers Market. $7

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Dianne Oickle

Felted wool mittens. A great addition to anyone’s winter wardrobe. These cozy mittens are made from re-purposed wool sweaters! How neat is that? They come in a variety of styles and colours. $20

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Nova Scotia Sea Glass Art. Unique framed art, hand-made with sea glass found on the beautiful shores of Nova Scotia. A wonderful addition that suits any style of home decor. $15+

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Tuesday Stuff

Unique Nautical Rope Decor. From colourful doormats, to baskets, bowls, monkey’s fist door stops and Celtic knot wreaths, Tuesday Stuff offers a selection of handcrafted nautical home décor using new and repurposed lobster rope & manila rope. From $5 to $60

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Jolene Chisholm Photos

Original local photographs. Jolene Chisholm offers a large selection of prints from the Antigonish and surrounding area, which are mostly of landscapes, animals, nature, photos with quotes and much more.  All photography is Jolene’s original work and is available in matted prints, greeting cards, fridge magnets and a few framed photos.  She also offers gift certificates. $20+


Felt Like Painting

Felted cushions covers. These hand-made wet felted cushion covers are 100% super soft wool with a cotton canvas button closure back. Colours and patterns can be customized to match your decor or coordinate with your favorite piece of art. Cushion covers $75, cushion covers with insert $85

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Scottish Crest Wall Art. These custom needle felted Scottish clan crests are hand-made of 100% wool and can be finished in fabric or solid wooden frames. Measuring approximately 16″ x 19″ they would make a great personalized gift for any proud Scottish clan member!  Fabric frames $75 and wooden frames $95

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Venluke Hand Crafted Wooden Toys

Wooden puzzle boat. Timeless wooden toy boat hand-crafted from pine. Kids will enjoy taking this puzzle boat apart and putting it back together over and over again. It’s fun, durable and batteries are not required! $60

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Funky Munkys Bath & Body

Fun Fizzing Bath Bombs. From unicorn horns and snowmen bath bombs for those who have been nice, to lumps of coal for those who have been naughty! Many fun bath bombs to chose from, scented in a variety of aromas from lavender to lollipop, to coconut,  bubblegum and more. There’s a scent for everyone. $6

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Bayfield Kelp Treats

Kelp Treats. Keep your furry friends happy and stylish this season. These healthy gluten-free kelp treats come in a variety of flavours your dog will love. And these colourful new bandanas are available for any size dog. From $6 to $10

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A Review of Metamorphoses

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by Barry Taylor,

I saw the preview performance of Metamorphoses at the Bauer Theatre the other day.

The play is a collection of ancient Greek myths and heroic legends, drawn from the epic work of the Roman poet Ovid, modernized and re-interpreted by playwright Mary Zimmerman as an exploration of the uncontainable power of love.  Here, love itself is a metamorphosis: a life-altering, sometimes painful rebirth into someone different and new.  To lend substance to this theme, the stories play out around, above, and mostly in a pool of water that covers most of the stage.  How cool is that?

The nine stories in the play explore love in all its dimensions: paternal, matrimonial, romantic, erotic, worldly, uplifting, forbidden, corruptive.  Members of the large cast, mostly students, play multiple roles, appearing as a Greek god in one scene, perhaps a sailor in the next, and a narrator in a third.  The pool too serves multiple purposes, according to the story.  People walk in it, float in it, bath in it, wash clothes in it, sail on it, drown in it, pass out in it, and have sex in it.  Water, the great transformer, is everywhere (including, sometimes, on audience members seated in the front row. Talk about an immersive experience).

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The stories themselves are as varied: some comic, some tragic, some familiar, some strange, some set in modern times, others timelessly classic.  A drowned sailor and his grieving wife are transformed into sea birds; Orpheus bravely descends into the underworld to rescue his bride from Hades; the gods punish a disrespectful man by consuming him with hunger.

It’s all very metaphorical, and I have to say, at times a little bit strange.  But there was no mistaking the strong emotional reactions of last night’s audience.  I recommend you go see it, if you have the time.  Metamorphoses represents a great deal of work by a troupe of dedicated people, under the steady hand of Artistic Director Andrea Boyd, and the result is a powerful and engaging piece of theatre.

You can get tickets here or at the door.


Barry Taylor

Barry R. Taylor, Associate Professor
Dept. of Biology, St. Francis Xavier University

10 Common Dental Myths & Misconceptions

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by Dr. Cameron, D.D.S.

I have been practicing dentistry now for over 29 years, which means a couple of things:

One is… I’m getting really really old. The other is… I’ve heard and seen a lot of funny things from all the patients I’ve been fortunate enough to treat over my career.


So I thought I would write a short article on some of the the myths and misconceptions in dentistry, and although the list I’m providing in this post is by no means all inclusive, or in any special order, it is a sampling of the sometimes erroneous, sometimes funny, and sometimes just really weird things my patients have told me over the years.


So here it goes:

Myth #1

“Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid seeing the dentist”

In fact, this could not be further from the truth. I encourage all women who are either trying to get pregnant, already pregnant, or recently pregnant and nursing to visit their dentist at their regular 6 month intervals, in some cases I may actually want to see them every three months! There are many changes that occur during pregnancy and many of them can manifest in the mouth. Seeing your dentist during this time will both keep you informed about your health, as well as reduce the need for emergency dental work during pregnancy through proper maintenance.


Myth #2

“It’s only a baby tooth… it will be replaced anyway. No need for my child to see the dentist”

FACT: Baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth. A lot of parents are misinformed about this. Children need their teeth for the same reasons as adults, for proper chewing, for proper speech, etc. Imagine your child experiencing a severe toothache just because you haven’t brought him/her to the dentist before. Cavities on baby teeth should be filled and restored before they lead to toothache or infection. They also play a big role in guiding the erupting permanent teeth to the right position. If a baby tooth is removed too early (which can happen due to severe decay), the space for the erupting permanent tooth is usually lost resulting in misalignment. It is important to make sure that your child’s teeth are as healthy as possible. If a child isn’t having their teeth brushed and flossed, odds are they won’t develop proper habits to brush and floss their permanent teeth either, which leads to more severe and expensive dental issues as they get older. So all in all, it is more than just a baby tooth.

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Myth #3

“You only need to go to the dentist if your teeth hurt”

You might be aware of the saying “prevention is better than the cure”. What is relatively less heard of is that diagnosing and curing a tooth problem at an earlier stage is much easier and cost-effective than if it were to be addressed later.

Even if you aren’t experiencing dental pain, I recommend seeing your dentist twice (or at least once) a year for regular cleanings and exams. Some dental issues are asymptomatic but can still cause infection and need treatment. If you were to wait too long, the treatment needed may be more expensive than if the disease were caught before it worsened. Also, the tooth has a lesser chance of being saved at a later point in time.

Altogether, prevention saves you both time and money in the long-run.


Myth #4

“My tooth was hurting a lot before, but the pain has gone away. I don’t think I need to see the dentist anymore”

(This is almost the same as Myth #2 I realize, but it is just slightly different enough and I have heard this so many times over the years it is worth repeating a similar message.)

Not only is this terrible advice, but ignoring any tooth pain or trying to “push through” the pain can lead to serious health consequences. Many times the severe pain of a tooth is caused by dental caries (or a cavity) that has reached the nerve inside the tooth. As the nerve gets infected, it begins to die which you feel as pain. Once the nerve has died, you will not feel any pain on that tooth. The infection, however, will remain and if left untreated can lead to an abscess, or the infection can spread to other areas of your body such as your sinus, throat, and even heart.

If you experience tooth pain, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.


Myth #5

“Root canals are painful”

This common belief couldn’t be further from the truth. Root canals, or more accurately, Root Canal Therapy, is the process where a dentist removes the diseased nerve and bacteria from within the tooth while disinfecting and finally sealing the space so that no future infection can occur. During the procedure the area is fully anesthetized so you should not feel anything while the procedure is in progress. Because we are removing the source of infection and pain, you should feel immediate relief after the procedure is complete. Typically only a slight soreness is present for the following hours up to about a day. In contrast, leaving a tooth untreated will lead to more pain in the future and may also lead to a larger infection that can affect your overall health as well as losing a tooth.

Don’t put off root canals for fear of pain!


Myth #6

“Place an Aspirin directly into a sore tooth or sore gum tissue”

You should never place most (if not all) medications directly on the sore area in your mouth. I mention Aspirin in particular because this is the one I have seen my patients actually do quite a few times over the years. This is an old at-home remedy, and it’s completely false. You should never put aspirin directly on or near an aching tooth. After all, you wouldn’t put aspirin on your forehead if you had a headache, would you?

The only safe and effective way to take an aspirin tablet is to swallow it. When you swallow aspirin, it gets absorbed into your body through your digestive tract. It then enters your bloodstream and travels throughout your body. Aspirin (as well as a number of other types of pain medications) works by stopping the production of prostaglandins, molecules that send pain messages from the injured part of your body to your brain. When the aspirin reaches your aching tooth, it inhibits prostaglandin production there, reducing the pain you feel. So even though it may be tempting to bypass the digestive process by putting the aspirin directly on your tooth, it just doesn’t work that way.  Also Aspirin is  fairly acidic and can cause actual burns in a patients oral tissues which can cause more pain then their original source of discomfort.


Myth #7

“I brush properly, I don’t need to floss”

Wrong…! Brushing cleans only 65% of your teeth. What about the other 35%? These are the surfaces in between your teeth which the toothbrush cannot reach (even if you use ultra-thin bristles). Only dental floss can remove food debris stuck in those areas. Neglecting to floss (which ideally you should do at least once a day) may lead to cavities you won’t even notice because… yes, you guessed it right… they’re formed in between your teeth and can be detected only by dental x-rays.  Also next to proper dental cleanings, flossing is a patient’s best defense against Periodontal (Gum) Disease, which is the #1 cause of tooth loss in my adult patients.

Myth # 8

“Oral health is not connected to the rest of the body”

Your oral health is connected to your systemic (overall) health and there are many correlations between your mouth and body. A mouth with severe tooth decay and periodontal disease is more likely to cause bacteria to enter into the bloodstream and result in other health issues. More and more studies are finding links between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more.  I often tell my patients , that if they had a chronic infection in one of their organs i.e. kidney, liver, it not only impairs the function of that particular organ but that infection has a high chance of spreading throughout the rest of your body.  Your mouth is no different.  I have read very sad and extreme cases of dental infections leading to brain abscess, these patients are often hospitalized for months, and they can be fatal, when all that was required was that a simple dental infection in one tooth had to be treated. Your mouth is part of your body …. it almost seems silly to say that in print, but for some reason some patients still fail to make that connection, and their overall health suffers needlessly for years at a time.


Myth #9

“The harder you brush, the cleaner you’ll get your teeth”

FACT: Brushing too hard or with too abrasive of a toothbrush (medium or firm) can actually harm your teeth by eroding some of the hard enamel that protects the inside of the tooth from cavities and decay. I see it so much where people feel like they’re getting them more clean, but they are actually wearing away their enamel and even their gums.  These patients have good intentions , but unfortunately they are just misinformed.  I have seen quite a number of patients who have done this, and they have caused considerable damage to their teeth and gums, and now require extensive treatments to try to save their teeth.  I always recommend a soft, or even an extra soft, bristled brush.  If you are wondering if your toothpaste is too abrasive… an easy way to check, is to seal if it has the “Seal of Approval”  from the Canadian Dental Association, if it has this, you are fine, if it doesn’t you may want to do a bit of research into the brand you are using.


Myth # 10

“You’ve been slacking on brushing and flossing and have a dentist appointment coming up. As long as you brush and floss well before going in, no one will know, right?”

The real deal: Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not getting away with anything. My hygienist and I can tell. Without regular brushing and flossing, hard tartar (calculus) forms around your teeth and at a certain point you can’t get it off with brushing alone. Plus, you can’t undo the inflammation in your gums that occurs when plaque and tartar have accumulated over six months with just a few days of flossing.  So…  “we kind of know when you’ve been bad or good”.  But the good news is, I always tell my patients your dental recall appointment is a great time to get back to your good habits of daily oral health care.


dr-paul-cameronDr. Cameron is a full time General dentist who practices in Antigonish. He is a past president of the Nova Scotia Dental Association, and a past Board Member of the Canadian Dental Association’s Board of Directors, and he has served on a provincial working group dedicated to the Oral Health of Seniors in our province.

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Chocolate Daddy Long-legs Decorations

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Interested in making your Halloween drinks a little bit creepier?

Dress up your hot chocolate or other drinks with these fun decorations sure to impress your little ones. Try this super easy method to make chocolate daddy long-legs and spiderweb decorations.



♦ dark chocolate chips

♦ squeeze bottle

♦ wax paper

♦ mug

♦ hot chocolate



♦ Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or double boiler

♦ Mold a piece of wax paper to the rim of the mug

♦ Add the melted chocolate in the squeeze bottle

♦ Create the daddy long-legs spider by making a circle of chocolate in the center of the wax paper, then filling it in with more chocolate to create the body.

♦ Add 4 legs to each side of the body. Make sure that the spider legs fold over the edge of the mug, so that they are hugging the rim. This will allow for the spider to stay in place on top of the mug.

♦ Finally, add the candy googly eyes on the spider.


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♦ Refrigerate for 5 minutes, or until the chocolate hardens

♦ Carefully detach the spider from the wax paper

♦ Place hot chocolate in mug and add the chocolate spider on top.


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Feeling creative?

Using the same technique, create other designs, like this white chocolate spiderweb.

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or bats and even simple words…

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Pumpkin Carving Contest Photos 2018

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Did you submit your carved Halloween pumpkin photo yet?

Enter the contest for a chance to win great prizes by The Wheel, DQ, Subway, Pita Pit  and Goji’s!


Take a look at these wonderful creations for some inspiration.



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Green glowing pumpkin by Sherry & Cohen MacLean


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Patches, all ready for his dentist appointment! by Katie MacDonald


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Werewolf pumpkin by Katie MacDonald


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Toronto Maple Leaf pumpkin by the Bell family


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Angry pumpkin by Danny Hunter




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Ghost pumpkin by Mackenzie Gormley


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Ghost pumpkin and Jack-o-lantern by Mackenzie Gormley


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Jack-o-lantern and Carrot pumpkin by the Bouchie family


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Cat pumpkin by Emily Spears.


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Creepy glowing pumpkin by Azel Noceja.


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Happy pumpkin by Bria MacHattie.


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Scary pumpkin by Jared MacHattie.


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Scary shark pumpkin by Patrick MacGillivray


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Cat pumpkin and vampire pumpkin by Lilah and Nellie Hallett (and Vincent Hallet)


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Buck pumpkin by Mitchell.


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Howling wolf pumpkin by Bria.


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Skull on fire pumpkin by Lauren.


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Ghost saying ‘BOO’ pumpkin by Angel.


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“Ahhhhh! Don’t eat me!” hungry pumpkins by Greylen and Myca Ash


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Happy pumpkins by Tigh and Nola DeYoung


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Yoda “Hmm, Happy Halloween you must have” by Amy Harris


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Happy vampire pumpkins by Bridget, Darren and Danielle Murphy


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Happy pumpkin by Simon MacDonald


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‘Optimus Prime is ready to roll out the treats’ by the Tate family


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‘Mr.Sucker Head is feeling sweet for Halloween’ by the Tate family

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Bob the minion pumpkin by Gavin Dort


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Anchor pumpkin by Jenna Dort


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Foster cat pumpkin by Ashlyn MacDonald


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Abstract art pumpkin by Grace MacDonald (“who at 20 months old wanted to join in on the fun!”)


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Charizard pumpkin by Easton Poirier


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Demers family creations by (top to bottom): Zach, Karlie, Marcus and Clara.


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Family of cat pumpkins by Hazel, Evelyn and Constance

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Griffiths’ family pumpkins


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Pumpkin in the Emerg. by St. Martha’s ER 🙂


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Kitty and Owl pumpkins by Jase Melanson


‘E.T. phone home’ by Aimee


Would you like to enter the contest too? CLICK HERE for the details.

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Fun Fall Activities in Antigonish

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Looking for activities to do this Fall?

Take a look at these fun activities happening in our area…




October 1 – October 28

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest 2018
Carve a pumpkin, then submit your photo for a chance to win great prizes!
For more information click HERE!
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Sunday, October 14

Fall Colours Fun Day At Keppoch 2018
For more information visit their Facebook pagekeppoch fall colours 2018 antigonish country parent


Sunday, October 14

X-Chem Nintendo Switch Labo Workshop
For more information see below
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October 19

3rd Annual Halloween Harvest Bash 2018
For details see poster below
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Saturday, November 17

Vikings Day Camp
For details see poster below

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And throughout the Fall

Beautiful Local Trails

Enjoy the Fall colours by taking advantage of the many local trails available for free in our area, like the Antigonish Landing, Arisaig Provincial Park, Beaver Mountain Provincial Park, Brown’s Mountain, Cape George Lighthouse, Fairmount Ridge Trails and Chez Deslauriers Pomquet Acadian Trail.


Happy Fall!

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Pumpkin Pie Hack


Making pumpkin pie from scratch might be a challenge sometimes, especially if you are focusing all your energy into preparing a turkey and multiple side dishes. So here’s a fullproof way to upgrade a plain store-bought pie into your own creation in less than 5 minutes!


Here’s what you’ll need…


♦ 1/4 melted butter

♦ 1/4 brown sugar

♦ 1/4 maple syrup

♦ 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Side note: You can substitute the maple syrup with honey and the walnuts with pecans.


♦ Stir all ingredients together.

♦ Pour mixture on top of pie.

♦ Decorate the pie rim with whip cream florets.


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Simple. Quick. Delicious.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Ready to carve some pumpkins? Country Parent is hosting a Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest. Send me a picture of your creepy creation for a chance to win wonderful prizes.

The pumpkins will not be judged. I believe that all pumpkins are beautiful in their own unique way, so instead, I will draw the names of 3 lucky winners.


To Enter the Draw

1. CARVE a pumpkin between now and October 30, 2018

2. SUBMIT your pumpkin photo* by email to by October 30, 5:00 pm.  Email must include “Pumpkin Carving Contest” in the subject line. Please include your location (e.g. town or county) and a short title for your pumpkin in the email as well.

3. LIKE & FOLLOW the Country Parent FACEBOOK PAGE

*NOTE: Photos will be featured on the Country Parent Blog. Participants names will not be included in photo descriptions if requested. Contest is open to NS Quad Counties residents only.

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Here’s how you can get up to 6 additional entries for the draw:

1. Comment on this post, below.
2. Share this post (through Facebook and/or Tweet)
3. Follow @countryparent on INSTAGRAM
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The draw will take place October 30, 2018 at 7:00pm EST.

The lucky winners will be announced on the Country Parent Facebook page and/or contacted by email (with 24 hours to respond).


Browse through all the photos HERE. Draw prizes are generously donated by:


 $25 gift card from Dairy Queen

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 $25 gift card from The Wheel Pizza

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$25 voucher from Subway



$25 voucher from Pita Pit




$25 voucher from Goji’s

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Browse through all the contestant photos HERE.

Good Luck!


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Leftover Pulled Pork Pizza

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One of our favorite meals is pulled pork made in the slow cooker. Although there’s rarely any leftovers, sometimes there’s just enough remaining for one person to enjoy the next day. So this time I decided to stretch the one-person-leftover-meal into a family meal of four by trying something new: pulled pork pizza. I had heard of it before, but hadn’t tried it until now.



Here’s my take on it. You will need the following:


♦ 1 pizza dough ball, home-made or store-bought

♦ 1/2 cup chopped red onion

♦ 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

♦ 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese


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♦ Preheat oven to 385°F

♦ Roll out pizza dough and place on greased baking sheet

♦ Spread the pulled pork evenly on top of the dough. Make sure to include the leftover juices as well, since you will not be adding any other sauce base to the pizza (e.g. the usual tomato sauce).

♦ Add the onions and mushrooms

♦ Cover with mozzarella cheese

♦ Bake for 15 minutes or until the bottom of the pizza is golden


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So the next time you have pulled pork leftovers, try this recipe. It’s delicious!

Side note: You can also turn this into convenient pulled pork pizza pockets, ideal for school lunches.


Enjoy 😉

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An Update on the Antigonish Farmers Market Fundraising

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by Michael Dickson

Hello everyone! As much as I enjoy featuring vendors which are the easiest topic to write about (as we have so many amazing vendors and their story tends to write itself), this week I would like to talk about where we are with our fundraising for the new Agriculture Centre.

We currently have $428,163.19 raised towards our goal of $700,000. Which is extremely exciting! Our fundraising expert Andre has really been putting his best foot forward in applying for funding from the right places to help make sure that we can and will reach the goal of $700,000. So to Andre we are extremely grateful.

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Andre on top of using his top notch skills to apply for funding, also spends his Saturdays at the Market with a collection jar and the plans for the new building, so if you are interested in having a chat with him he is available every Saturday to give a detailed breakdown of what it is we are working towards and why it is that we need the 700k to put together the best Agriculture Centre that Nova Scotia has seen. We truly will be a hub for local, for healthy foods, for creating new businesses, for bringing an amazing community together, and most importantly in my opinion for showing everyone that you should always shoot for the moon because if you miss you will land among the stars. We are truly going big and the new Agriculture Centre will be a massive push in the right direction of the local movement which is stronger now than it has ever been.

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The Antigonish Farmers Market is truly in one very unique position to be a hub. First of all, if you look at a map, Antigonish is the perfect location for such an Agriculture Centre. We have customers that shop at the market from all across Nova Scotia, from across Canada, all the way from the USA, and here was one that really shocked me, we have customers that came to our market from Australia! We have a very healthy mix of vendors at the market each and every week. We really have something for everyone, from the best vegetable producers in Nova Scotia, to top notch meat products that can stack up against any grocery store, we have the very best specialty farmers bringing amazing honey products, the best maple syrup and even cosmetic products made from honey, to the very best bakers that bring a delicious blend of fresh baked goods that anyone will love, amazing jewelry that will delight everyone, hand crafted wooden products that will stand the test of time. We have beautiful stained glass that will spice up anyone’s house, T-shirts that support not just a high school students local business, but charity and local artists as well, we have the best of the best liquors, wine and craft beer that you will find in Nova Scotia, we have more different kinds of cooked food at the market that will tickle everyone’s taste buds; from an unique twist on waffles all the way to the ethnic foods from all across the world. Never before in this area could you have come to one place to explore so many different cultures while still supporting the local movement.

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The Antigonish Farmers Market is growing leaps and bounds from when it first started in 1995 with only a handful of vendors selling outdoors, to now over 60 unique vendors each and every week. The market is getting very close to moving into a year-round fully functional building that will, yes, have heat in it for the winter! That being said we would not be where we are today without the support of the vendors, the incredible efforts of our board, and last but not least the community that has come together to show everyone that we aren’t just the crop, we are the cream of the crop and we will rise to the top.

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As more and more people are approaching me as the manager of the market I feel such an overwhelming sense of pride in the Antigonish Farmers Market. The positive feedback that I keep getting from customers and vendors is the reason why this is the very best job in the world. They say that if you love what you do you won’t work a day and I never truly understood what that meant until I took on this position. With the support we have, there is no doubt that we will continue to grow for years and years to come. This new Agriculture Centre is a prime example of what happens when we all unite under one banner and for that everyone at the market is very grateful.

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Well folks that is all I have for this week. I always welcome feedback on the work that we do for the market so please feel free to reach out to me at Manager@antigonishfarmersmarket, via our website, by calling 902.867.7479 or on our Facebook page at Antigonish Farmers Market Association.

Mike Dickson Antigonish

Michael Dickson, Antigonish Farmers Market Manager

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