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 

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Stay Entertained With Local Products While Staying The Blazes Home

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April 1, 2020 – Guide to Financial Assistance and Payment Deferments for Farmers’ Markets and Vendors in Nova Scotia

Guide to Financial Assistance and Payment Deferments 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 Payment Deferments for Farmers’ Markets...

How to Engage Your Kids with Online Farmers’ Markets

If your kids are used to visiting your local farmers' market, they may also be missing out on this weekly outing. There are lots of ways to keep them engaged with the market and where their food comes from. Here are a few ideas to help you get started. If you have...

Precautions for FMNS Online Market Stores: How to Pack, Deliver and Receive Orders Safely

PRECAUTIONS FOR FMNS ONLINE MARKET STORES: HOW TO PACK, DELIVER AND RECEIVE ORDERS SAFELY Farmers’ markets in Nova Scotia are immediately shifting to establish online stores, offering centralized pick-up points and potentially even door-to-door service. This document...

March 24, 2020 | Farmers’ markets during a state of emergency: Recommended measures 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.

March 19 | Press Release: Moving Nova Scotia’s Farmers’ Markets Online: Supporting Local Producers and Feeding Nova Scotians in Difficult Times

In response to COVID-19's impact on our communities, Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia is moving Nova Scotia’s Farmers’ Markets Online. To read the press release, please click here.

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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