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

Farmers’ Markets & Mask Use

Please note that as of Friday, July 31st, the use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces in Nova Scotia. This includes indoor public markets and the indoor publicly-accessible spaces of all farmers' markets. What this means: All farmers’ market vendors,...

July 28, 2020 | Updated Recommended Measures for Farmers’ Markets to Continue Safely Serving Nova Scotians

Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia has released an updated official statement regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Nova Scotia’s Farmers’ Markets. To read the statement, please click here.

Save the Date! FMNS AGM – November 16, 2020

Save the date! FMNS is excited to announce that we've set a new date for our 2020 AGM, November 16, 2020* at the Truro Farmers' Market. We ask you to please register to attend this event by following this link. *Should COVID-19 restrictions change, this AGM will be...

July 13, 2020 | Updated Recommended Measures for Farmers’ Markets to Continue Safely Serving Nova Scotians

Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia has released an updated official statement regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Nova Scotia’s Farmers’ Markets. To read the statement, please click here.

July 9, 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 put together a Guide to Financial Assistance and Funding Opportunities for Farmers’...

Nova Scotians Dish It On Hodgepodge

What does hodgepodge mean? Hodgepodge (noun): A confused mixture The earliest version of hodgepodge may be the french dish hochepot. Hochepot comes from the French verb hocher (to shake) and pot, implying a dish with several ingredients all “shaken” and mixed up in a...

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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