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

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...

October 15, 2020 | 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’...

Vendor Perspective: The Resilience of Farmers’ Markets

by Laura Mulrooney of Julien’s Bakery Eight months in, the pandemic has been a true test of our mettle. Patience is thin, stress levels are high and water levels are low. When the suits talk about preparing for a rainy day, for extraordinary circumstances, NO ONE...

Your Guide to the Best Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving dinner may be over, but the leftovers are still crowding your fridge. This list features dishes that are arguably as delicious as the main event! Thanksgiving Leftover Shepherd's Pie Make the most of your holiday Monday by not spending it in the kitchen....

Your Guide to the Best Thanksgiving Pies with Local Ingredients

Is there a better time of year for pies? If you're thinking: "Yes, summer" - we respect you but we have to disagree. The cooler weather of Fall makes the preparation of a butter pie crust and the lengthy oven bake much more enjoyable. It's time to load up your market...

Press release: Farmers’ market “food bucks” program important now more than ever

Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) is beyond thrilled by the phenomenal success of year 2 of our province-wide Nourishing Communities Food Coupon Project. The project involves FMNS member farmers’ markets and partner social organizations working together to...

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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