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

6 Kohlrabi Recipes – The Veg That Stumps Shoppers

"What is that? Rutabaga? Turnip?"   Kohlrabi is a large bulb-shaped cruciferous vegetable with long stems that is typically purple or light green in colour. The name "kohlrabi" actually comes from German for "cabbage turnip" - so if you thought this weird looking...

Perennia X FMNS Sustainable Packaging Survey

Are you looking for ways to reduce the waste your product packaging produces? Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia is working with Perennia on a project to research and test sustainable packaging for farmers' market food products. If you are a farmers' market food vendor...

How to Winterize Hodgepodge

If you're from the Maritimes or have spent much time here, you've probably had hodgepodge. It's a typical early summer soup made with new potatoes and carrots, green and yellow beans, and shelled peas all finished with cream and butter. Hodgepodge celebrates the early...

January 11, 2021 | Updated COVID-19 Prevention Plan for Nova Scotia’s Farmers’ Market Sector

Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia has updated our farmers' market sector-specific COVID-19 prevention plan. This plan is in the form of recommended directives that will allow Nova Scotia's farmers' markets to continue safely operating and serving Nova Scotians. The plan...

January 4, 2021 | Updated COVID-19 Prevention Plan for Nova Scotia’s Farmers’ Market Sector

Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia has updated our farmers' market sector-specific COVID-19 prevention plan. This plan is in the form of recommended directives that will allow Nova Scotia's farmers' markets to continue safely operating and serving Nova Scotians. The plan...

2020 Annual Report

Click here to view the 2020 Annual Report by Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia.

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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