Mabou Farmers' Market
Now this is a market we’ve been trying to get to for over a year and life kept getting in the way! Finally, we made it to the one in Mabou and boy are we EVER glad we did!! We’ve been to several of the markets in Nova Scotia (Wolfville Farmers' Market anyone?!, or Halifax for that matter?) I think Mabou is my new favourite. Hands down.
Touted as one of the best markets in Nova Scotia, we totally understand why. It’s full of amazing vendors, and I mean simply AMAZING. You’ve got the bio-farm pork from Cleveland, Cape Breton, organic breads from Cheticamp, loads of fresh produce from Antigonish and beyond! It has the “market” vibe I was looking for, lots of available fresh foods to take with or to eat in, and local live music.
We arrived early (when it opened) and we were certainly glad we did. Apparently this place is wall-to-wall people by noon, I guess that’s when church gets out. It’s open from Sunday 11am-2pm and don't expect to find a parking space near the entrance. We arrived there early like I said and we had to park down yonder, down the street, on the side of the road.
Roman and I wandered around the market for a good hour, taking in all the different items that the vendors had and really getting a sense of what kind of items are at this market; just thinking about it now makes me super excited to return! We grabbed a quick bite to eat at the Spicy Asian food vendor; we recommend their butter chicken and beef dishes, and be sure to grab a mango lassi. Best. Decision. Ever!!
What we really love about this market is how authentic it is - it’s not pretending to be posh or super gritty, it’s just a farmers market. Exactly the way it should be. Housed in the recreation centre, it’s the perfect location - giving loads of space for lots of unique vendors and for people to move about. There’s even a place for dining and watching live music, fiddle anyone?! I think the authenticity is what makes tourists flock from all over to come see it and if you’re reading this now, you’re probably thinking that it’s time you visit Mabou on a Sunday.
We highly recommend that while you’re in Cape Breton you make your way to Mabou on a Sunday morning and head over to the farmers' market - you and your belly will be glad you did!
The Mabou Farmers' Market is located in the Mabou arena (recreation centre), down on the church road and it’s open Sundays 11am-2pm during the season June - October.