Farmer's Market, Hubbards, Nova Scotia.
"We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and love comes with community."
- Dorothy Day, The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist.
The Hubbards Barn is hoppin' on Saturday mornings in the summer. There is a farmer's market all morning and a food truck rally all afternoon. Both events attracted a very large crowd on the day we attended. It was great to acquire some farm fresh vegetables and experience the larger community here.
At one of the market stands we met Stephen. Since no one was waiting in line behind us, we chatted with him a bit. Turns out he is living in a tent on a local farm and helping out a farmer who has limited mobility after suffering a stroke. Stephen trades labor on the farm for free lodging (even if only a tent) and full access to eating whatever his heart desires from the garden. He will head to his fourth year of college in the fall. Stephen graciously gave permission to photograph him for our blog.
We also met a family from the US who are living here in Hubbards with their two young children through the WWOOF program. I researched this program years ago and was very interested in doing it but at the time I was married, my son was a young toddler, and my ex's career was dependent on being in the Seattle area. The WWOOF program supports organic farming around the world and connects people who want to travel, and truly live as a local, with families who need help on their farm. Travelers provide an agreed-upon amount of volunteer work on the farm and the host family provides their meals, a place for them to live, and a hands-on education about organic farming. The family we met works 5 hours per day, Monday through Friday, with weekends free to travel and sightsee if they choose. What a great life experience for them and their young daughters.
Like all good farmer's markets, there was a band. My son got a kick out of the band name these guys chose for themselves "FOG" (Four Old Guys). When we first arrived, I heard one of my favorite songs, "Harvest Moon" by Neil Young, emanating from the barn so we headed there first. I love that song so much. I always look forward to the part in the movie Eat, Pray, Love when they play it. If you asked me, I couldn't tell you offhand what scene is playing in the movie during that song because the song takes me away; I get lost in its beauty. These guys did a very heartfelt cover of it.
The lady at this stand makes her own soaps and has the most creative combinations of oils and scents I've ever seen. I purchased a bar for my current neighbor here in Hubbards. I am privileged to be living next to a beautiful 86-year-old woman who came to Nova Scotia in 1959. She has welcomed me and my son into her home and we have shared wonderful conversations and time with her and her family that we cherish. The lady selling her soaps was very knowledgeable of her products and was able to help me make sure I chose something that did not have any type of oils that would make the shower floor slippery (I wanted to make sure I didn't create a situation where my neighbor could fall).
My son went off to explore on his own for a while and then came back to get me so he could introduce me to Jasper, someone he had made friends with. So precious.