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Hot Halifax Shopping: Made in the Maritimes

NovaScotian Crystal

Ship’s Decanter, a handmade, local item from NovaScotian Crystal.

Looking for the perfect gift? Look local at these shops specializing in Maritime-made treasures.

Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on Marginal Road: North America’s oldest farmers’ market, it recently moved to a state-of-the-art new building on the Halifax waterfront. Every Saturday, vendors from across the province share their wares.

NovaScotian Crystal on George Street: Craftsman work on site, using ancient techniques to create beautiful and functional crystal pieces.

Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road: Everything sold here is Maritime-made, including some 143 Nova Scotian creations. From clothes to jam, there’s a tremendous variety.

Sledding Hill Lavender Syrup, Nova Scotia

By Kat Tancock

Based out of Bear River, in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, Sledding Hill is a small farm that grows market produce, vegetable starts and ornamental plants. But it’s with their packaged products that owners Martin McGurk and Gordon Tingley, originally from Vancouver, get most creative. Their catalogue includes lavender and chili-lemon sugars, jellies and simple syrups, as well as lavender pepper, a mixture of black peppercorns, ground lavender florets and citrus peel.

The lavender simple syrup is a hit down in Lunenburg, where you can buy it at Ironworks Distillery and sample it in the subtly floral lavender martini at Fleur de Sel, one of Atlantic Canada’s best restaurants and a Gold Medal Plates gold award winner. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Grown Here

Photo: Lisa Enman

The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market may be North America’s oldest farmers’ market but the digs are state-of-the-art. The market recently moved to a new home on the waterfront on Marginal Road. Now open Wednesday and Friday to Sunday, it showcases crafts, cuisine and produce from across the province.