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

May 13, 2021 | UPDATED Guide to Financial Assistance and Funding Opportunities for Farmers’ Markets and Vendors in Nova Scotia

Guide to Financial Assistance and Funding Opportunities for Farmers’ Markets and Vendors in Nova Scotia To see the full guide, please click here. Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia has updated its Guide to Financial Assistance and Funding Opportunities for Farmers’...

May 7, 2021 | Updated COVID-19 Prevention Plan for Nova Scotia’s Farmers’ Market Sector

Starting at 8am on Saturday, May 8​ and effective until further notice, ​Nova Scotia​'s circuit breaker restrictions for the province-wide lockdown will be intensified. Changes to health and safety restrictions are highlighted on pages 2-5 of ​our updated COVID-19...

Your Guide to Local Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother's Day is synonymous with flowers. Fortunately for you (and your Mom!) there are so many incredible cut flower vendors at farmers' markets around the province. Many of these vendors are flower farmers and grow their own seasonal blooms, and their fields are...

How To Make the BEST Local Breakfast in Bed

Whether you're wanting to spoil your significant other, a family member, or just treat yourself, a great breakfast in bed is the ultimate act of care. But how you can you make it more special? We have a couple tricks up our sleeve to share that can make your spread...

Local Mimosa 2 Ways

Is there anything more luxurious than a cocktail for brunch? We've put our own twist on this classic cocktail to include all local ingredients. Swap orange juice for fresh apple cider or your favourite local kombucha. Both versions are refreshing and flavourful! Pick...

French Toast Casserole – Sweet or Savoury!

Are you seeking a new weekend brunch recipe? Something easily customizable to your liking and simple and quick to throw together? Our French Toast Casserole recipe is just that! With the option to go sweet or savoury, you can incorporate your favourite fruit or meats,...

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.

Friends of FMNS

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