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 of NS is going to the United Nations!

We’re heading to Italy! Our Executive Director Justin Cantafio will be one of three Canadian delegates sent to the United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit 2021 pre-summit in Rome from July 23 to July 28, 2021. Justin will be participating in several meetings during...

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

Nova Scotia began its phased-in Reopening Plan on June 2, 2021. You can find out more about Nova Scotia’s Reopening Plan by clicking here. Phase 4 of the Reopening Plan is effective starting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Relevant changes to health and safety...

July 14, 2021 | Updated COVID-19 Prevention Plan for Nova Scotia’s Farmers’ Market Sector

Nova Scotia began its phased-in Reopening Plan on June 2, 2021. You can find out more about Nova Scotia’s Reopening Plan by clicking here. Phase 4 of the Reopening Plan is effective starting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Relevant changes to health and safety...

2021 Employee Health Benefits Package for FMNS Members

Did you know that as a member of the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) Cooperative, you’re able to take advantage of a unique Employee Benefits Package designed specifically for self-employed farmers’ market vendors and/or farmers’ market-based businesses with 1...

Press release: Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia significantly grows its “food bucks” program for 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2021 Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) is beyond thrilled to announce the launch of its 2021 Nourishing Communities Food Coupon Program. This province-wide program, now in its third year, involves FMNS member farmers’ markets and...

Advancing Local Food Systems in a Pandemic. An Evaluative Summary of the 2020 FMNS Nourishing Communities Food Coupon Program

The Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre undertook an extensive evaluation process to capture the impact of our 2020 Nourishing Communities Food Coupon Program. To read the full report, please click here! The Executive Summary can be found below. Executive Summary The...

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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