Agriculture Minister Mark Parent is challenging Nova Scotians to buy local foods and products to help build stronger communities. Today, Jan. 17, Mr. Parent signed a Buy Local pledge showing his commitment to support Nova Scotia local farmers, food producers and artisans. The initiative, launched by the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, asks participants to buy more local products over the next 12 months. “Nova Scotia farmers produce some of the freshest, tastiest food, and we have an abundance of talented people creating fine artisan products,” said Mr. Parent. “This challenge encourages everyone to learn more about the local food and products which are available, when foods are in season, and where they can purchase these products.” The Wolfville Farmers’ Market will provide participants with a resource kit and will hold seasonal workshops to explore topics such as gardening, planning meals around seasonal foods, and is planning a party around local foods. The cost to take the challenge is $5. Contact the Wolfville Farmers’ Market for more information or to sign up for the Buy Local Challenge.