Farmers’ Markets Economic Impact Study -
How to Participate
The NS Department of Agriculture, in partnership with FMNS, is conducting a province wide Farmers’ Market Economic Impact Study. All FMNS member markets are invited and encouraged to participate in the Economic Impact Study.
Participating in the Economic Impact Study means conducting a “Rapid Market Assessment” at your farmers’ market once this season. Detailed instructions are available here and crib notes, created by FMNS and the NS Department of Agriculture, are available here.
Interested in knowing more about where your food and crafts come from? Read on here
Getaway Farm, Broadfork Farm, Fox Hill Cheese House, Yarmouth and Tusket Farmers’ Markets, Little Red Kitsch’n, Seafoam Wood Turning, Maritime Pasty Company, Slice Soapworks
FMNS member markets and vendors
Click here to download our new Guide to being a Vendor at a Farmers’ Market and access other vendor resources.
Not a member of FMNS?
For presentations by FMNS and Speakers at FMNS Events please click here. Including Jamey Coughlin’s “Killer Farmers’ Markets Stalls” and Kelly Marie Redcliffe’s “Strategies for Growth”.
Growing Your Farmers’ Market: Scaling Up Guides
Looking to start a market or expand your market?
Have you every wondered how the Wolfville Farmers’ Market went about moving their market indoors? Or how the Argyle Farmers’ and Artisanal Market got started? How about how the Truro Farmers’ Market built their relationship with the Town of Truro?
In the spirit of cooperation, FMNS markets are sharing their story, their secrets to success and their lessons learned.
Stay tuned as each “Scaling Up Guide” comes online.
Click here to read more.
Inspirational Images from Thriving Markets and Agri-businesses
Click here for images from New York, Vermont, London and across Canada
Farmers’ Markets Event Ideas
Canada Day event : ideas for how to create a fun, family event around Canada Day.
Calendar of event ideas : More great ideas for events at Farmers’ Markets sorted by time of year.
Product Ideas and Marketing Trends
Exotic Mushrooms: Currently the only mushrooms available at most farmers’ markets in Nova Scotia are portobello, white button, and cremini. This is a great niche market for a vendor looking to offer something different and sought after.
More Product Ideas and Marketing Trends : More great ideas for products that would help your farmers’ market really bloom and grow plus fact sheets on the latest food and health trends.
Marketing, Media and Templates
Looking for cheap and simple ways to promote your farmers’ market. We’ve created fact sheets about free or affordable tools, simple to use resources and templates for events and festivals. Click here for more
The latest easy to use internet tools for your market or market business. Click here
NEW - FMNS Media Training Manual: A clear and concise guide to interacting with the media – designed for farmers’ markets. Click here.
Human Resources and Volunteers
Information and guides to help you connect the skills of your volunteers and employees to your market’s opportunities. Click here
Product Supplier Listings
Businesses offering discounts or special offers to FMNS member farmers’ Markets. Click here for more.
Recipe and Nutritional Information Cards
We’ve focused on some of the under-appreciated fruits and vegetables that we love and that many of you have an abundance of!
Kale, nutritional information and recipes : print out with the nutritional information on the front and the recipes on the back!
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How to Make Farmers’ Markets Even Better
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