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 

Vision

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

Mission

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

10 Unique Ways To Use Garlic Scapes

This long curly vegetable is sure to grab anyone's attention at the farmers' market! Garlic scapes will add some vibrancy to your summer dishes with their beautiful gradient from chartreuse to forrest green. The flower bud of the garlic plant grows straight and then...

Summer Farmers’ Market Events To Soak Up The Season

The province is buzzing with the summer spirit of farmers' markets! There is certainly no shortage of weekly markets to visit for shopping, chatting, and relaxing, but these special summer events might give you an extra reason to soak up some local goodness.  ...

Our 5 Favourite Strawberry Recipes

The strawberries have landed! Strawberries made their appearance to the farmers' markets a little late this year due to the cold spring, but they are brighter and more beautiful than ever! Check out our five favourite strawberry recipes to impress your guests, or just...

What’s in Season During the Summer in Nova Scotia?

The summer has come suddenly and strongly here in Nova Scotia, and the markets are booming with new colours and flavours! It's the season of abundance, and our local farmers' markets are no disappointment with mile high piles of the freshest produce. Click here to...

Press Release: Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Launches Province-wide Food Bucks Pilot Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2019 Press Release: Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Launches Province-wide Food Bucks Pilot Project Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) is thrilled to announce the launch of a province-wide project to increase food security and...

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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