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

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...

5 Ways to Reduce Waste When Shopping at Farmers’ Market

Farmers' Markets are the perfect place to put waste reducing shopping tips into action. With the ability to connect directly with the maker/producer, customers can share their ideas & feedback for making the farmers' market shopping experience as waste free as...

Which Farmers’ Markets Are Open After Thanksgiving?

Many people forget how many farmers' markets are still open after Thanksgiving. Good news for fall produce lovers — twelve of our member markets are still operating! Antigonish Farmers' Market  Cape Breton Farmers' Market Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market Halifax...

Holiday Shopping at the Farmers’ Market

Wreath by Tulipwood at Lunenburg Farmers' Market. With the holidays upon us, local farmers' markets across the province are preparing for the shopping season. Nova Scotia is home to 50 farmers' markets and over 1500 vendors, many of which focus on handmade craft....

Thanksgiving Dinner: A Primer

October is one of the most abundant times of year at your neighbourhood farmers' market. It's a wonderful time to cook for friends and family and come together around a shared table. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, what better time to share a round up of some...

Farmers’ Market Fall Photo Challenge!

The #1 question we get from farmers’ market vendors is: “how do I take better photos?”. With everything else that goes into running a farmers’ market based business, we know how difficult it can be to dedicate time to researching and practicing photography tips. To...

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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