Who We Are

Founded in 2004, Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia is a non-profit cooperative of farmers’ markets for farmers’ markets.

With over 30 unique members across the province, our cooperative is the unified voice of our region’s farmers’ market sector. Learn more about our members 


Together, our organization and our members are building a cooperative and dynamic farmers’ market sector cultivating successful businesses, vibrant local economies, and healthy communities.


Our cooperative advances growth and prosperity for our member farmers’ markets and their vendors through training, resources, advocacy, promotion, and community.

What We Do

Looking to start or grow a farmers’ market or a market-based business? Look no further! We work tirelessly to support our region’s farmers’ market sector. Learn more about what we do and the benefits of being a member of our cooperative 

Latest from the Market Fresh blog

Three Ways to Enjoy Apple Cider this Season

It's crunchy leaf underfoot, crisp breeze, undeniably sweater (and jacket, scarf and hat) weather. What better way to warn up thank with a cup of apple cider! Enjoy these three ways to enjoy this quintessential cold weather bevvy. Apple Cider Kombucha Brew up a batch...

November 19, 2020 | Updated COVID-19 Prevention Plan for Nova Scotia’s Farmers’ Market Sector

Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia has updated our sector-specific COVID-19 prevention plan. This plan is in the form of recommended directives that will allow Nova Scotia's farmers' markets to continue safely operating and serving Nova Scotians. To review the document,...

Handmade Gifts For The Foodie On Your List

Many people view their local farmers' market as the place to get the freshest produce and beautiful, unique food. Did you know farmers' markets across the province have a wide range of artisan and handmade goods as well? It's true! This year more than ever, buying...

7 Unique Fall Recipes To Try Now

This time of year, many of us head to the kitchen to cook up some fall flavours. Although our favourite soups and stews can bring us great comfort, fall produce offers so much more inspiration. We've rounded up 7 recipes that use some of your market produce in new,...

Seven Halloween Activities To Try At Home

Many of our favourite Halloween activities will not be the same this year (bobbing for apples, anyone?). It's time to get creative and spend some spooky time with our loved ones at home or in small groups. Here are 7 fun and festive ideas to try (and taste!) this year...

Your Guide to the Best Farmers’ Market Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner, and while Covid may throw the best laid plans a curveball, you can always show your friends and family your costume over Zoom while you munch on an entire box of Halloween candy. We've rounded up the best farmers' market-inspired...

Our Core Values

  1. Buying Local: Because FMNS values a “make it, bake it, grow it” policy and a buy local philosophy, we actively work to ensure that our cooperative, our member markets, and our vendors do our part to support local economic activity, create local jobs, and promote import substitution.
  2. Economic Development: Because FMNS values economic development and vibrant communities, we work to promote and strengthen our member farmers’ markets to be leaders and hubs of social and economic activity in their communities.
  3. Incubation: Because FMNS recognizes that our farmers’ markets are business incubators, we track, encourage, and support our member markets to enable their vendors to grow their businesses.
  4. Education: Because FMNS values education and the growth and professionalization of our sector, we offer a variety of in-person trainings, webinars, and online resources so our member markets can continue to succeed.
  5. Cooperation: Because FMNS values community, cooperation, and collaboration, we build and grow a community of practice and support, including hosting in-person and online gatherings and discussion groups for our member managers, support staff, volunteers, and vendors.

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