Nova Scotia

Halifax farmers market OK despite new Seaport

Officials say vendors at the historic farmers market at the Alexander Keith's Brewery are doing fine despite the opening of the Seaport market on the Halifax waterfront.

The president of the historic farmers market at the Alexander Keith's Brewery says vendors there are doing fine despite the opening of the Seaport market on the Halifax waterfront.

Austin Mannette said the first weekend the new Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market was open, on Aug. 7, the crowds at the brewery were noticeably smaller, but shoppers have slowly made their way back to the old market.

Most of the 160 vendors at the historic but haphazard brewery location moved their wares to the large and eco-friendly Seaport building, but about 65 stayed behind.

Mannette said sales have actually gone up and that many of those loyal to the old market are long-term customers.

"The people that are left behind are buyers, not lookers," he said.

The historic market, which will celebrate its 260th anniversary on Oct. 2, is also seeing new vendors coming in to replace those that moved to the $11.5-million Seaport location at Pier 20.

It plans to cap the number of tables at 100, down from the previous 160.