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

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

Fall might just be our favourite time of year for farmers' market shopping. There's nothing cozier than throwing on a sweater, and heading to the market to gather and pick up your groceries to nourish you and your family. The cooler weather makes it easy to stay home...

What Canada’s New Food Policy Means for our Farmers’ Markets

Are you a farmers’ market looking for funding to grow, invest in a project such as a commercial kitchen, or purchase much needed equipment to take your market’s impact to the next step? Up to $25,000 of non-repayable matching funding becomes available Thursday,...

9 Reasons to Visit a Farmers’ Market

1. Support your neighbours When you buy local, you money stays in your community! Shopping at a farmers’ market allows you to have a say in where you want to put your money. By making the choice to keep it  it in the hands of your neighbours, you support your...

Farmers’ Markets in the News

It's high season for Nova Scotia's farmers' markets, and many of our members have been getting some much-deserved media attention as of late. Here is a round-up of some of the exciting stories emerging this month!   Farmers’ markets playing important role for...

10 Summer Cocktails with Fresh Fruit

Farmers' market produce isn't just for eating, it's for drinking too! The ripest and freshest fruit from the market is begging to be added to delicious cocktails to help you cool off all summer long. Here are our favourite summer cocktails to help you fully enjoy the...

10 Unique Ways To Use Garlic Scapes

This long curly vegetable is sure to grab anyone's attention at the farmers' market! Garlic scapes will add some vibrancy to your summer dishes with their beautiful gradient from chartreuse to forrest green. The flower bud of the garlic plant grows straight and then...

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.

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