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

The Best Work Week Lunch Recipes for Winter

It's easy to get stuck in a lunch rut, or to make the closest take-out a more than occasional occurrence. Especially during the winter when there is a smaller variety of produce available, it can be hard to find inspiration and get excited about your meal. Allow these...

Winter Veg Doesn’t Have To Be Boring

It's the middle of the winter, and maybe the farmers' market just doesn't feel the same as it did in the summer. You find yourself sighing while gazing at baskets of onions and carrots, wishing they were piles of corn, melons and tomatoes. If you stare long enough,...

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

Many don't associate the winter season with farmers' markets, but contrary to popular belief, we have plenty of farmers' markets open year round. Click here to find a market near you to pick up some of these local goodies.     Vegetables Arugula Beets...

Our 2019 Annual Report

A lot happened here at Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia in 2019! You can learn all about it by clicking here and checking out our 2019 Annual Report.  

Video Series Highlights Farmers’ Markets Across Nova Scotia

It can be difficult to get a sense of what happens inside a farmers' market without paying a visit. Chatting with vendors and bumping into friends, the feeling of community and exchange, the sights, the sounds, and (perhaps most importantly) the smells are all part of...

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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