Pickle Planet Moncton loves to touch base with some of the great organizations operating in our community. The Chocolate River Farmers Market is becoming a mid-week tradition for many, powered by a change in venue and ownership!
A pair of local moms has been shaking up the vendor scene for the last year – and now LadyBossCollective Events is changing things up with the Chocolate River Farmers Market, Riverview’s weekly market.
Riverview’s Kelsie-Ann Caissie first created the LadyBossCollective as an online community for “women supporting women in this ‘new world’ of social commerce,” as she explains it. “My dream to share ideas, network, collaborate, and support one another while giving back to our community has become a reality. We are a supportive network of mompreneurs and ladybosses who uplift and empower each other daily.”
Kelsie-Ann didn’t want to stop at an online community, though. Like all good social media interactions, she knew she also needed to connect with the women in her community in real life. She first reached out to Tosh Taylor, known to many as the voice of the morning show on K945 for many years.
“Kelsie-Ann had a great idea for some vendor markets and asked me to come on board,” recalls Tosh. “Neither of us expected it to come to this but it’s worked exceptionally well.”
The pair hosted the successful Hello Spring Vendor Fair, then created an online Farmers Market that has a certain number of vendors sharing product information and deals over a certain time period in a Facebook group. There are also several bazaars planned for the fall , but their latest project might be the most widely attended yet. After a successful Canada 150 Bazaar during Sunfest, they’re taking over the weekly Chocolate River Farmers Market, working together with the Town of Riverview and the Riverview Arts Centre.
One of the big changes folks will notice about LabyBossCollective’s ownership the market – it’s moving!
The Chocolate River Farmers Market will be located in Caseley Park, next to Town Hall (30 Honour Court, Riverivew). The market will remain on Wednesdays, from 4pm to 8pm, which will see it overlap with the town’s popular summer concert series.
“We want the Chocolate River Farmers Market to be a happy, family-friendly atmosphere where you can shop for fresh foods, support local, meet artisans, and even connect with a local musician or two,” says Kelsie-Ann.
Tosh says a mid-week, sustainable Farmers Market is “the missing link” for Riverview.
“We have both chosen to raise our young, active families in a smaller community, with many green spaces, seasonal events and festivals, and numerous free activities, along with many recreational programs for all ages, interests, and abilities,” she says. “We also want access to as much fresh, local, and organic produce as possible. We want to help other local home-based businesses support their families, as well as our own.”
The pair says that the Farmers Market is the “ultimate sustainable idea for a town which is committed to long-term sustainability,” noting they were awarded a $1,000 Sustainapalooza micro grant to be used toward the creation of a sustainable farmers market.
Drawing on the past success of the market and of other LadyBossCollective Events, the pair hope to draw a wide selection of vendors to the new Chocolate River Farmers Market, from crochet goods and jewellery to homemade baby items and lots of produce.