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

Why Local Seeds Are Best

Who else is spending all of their spare time dreaming about their garden? Whether you have been planning for months or have yet to start, there is still lots of time to gather your seeds and get planting. Before you head out to your big box store to start browsing for...

Farmers’ Markets of NS on CBC Program “Land & Sea”

"There was once a time, and it wasn't that long ago, when everybody knew where their food came from." -Justin Cantafio, Executive Director of Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia Did you catch Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia's Executive Director Justin Cantafio on the CBC...

6 Farmers’ Market Knitting Patterns for Easter

Easter is such a fun time to knit up something wooly for a table decoration or Easter basket. Farmers’ markets are home to local yarn producers, dyers and suppliers selling beautiful yarns for your knitting projects - seek out some yarn and whip up one of these...

Natural Egg Dying Recipe

Did you know you can use foods such as purple cabbage, onion skins, beets and turmeric to dye Easter eggs naturally? Get different results by using a mix of white and brown eggs, or by using elastic bands to create different designs. Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs by...

Rainbow Carrot Cake & Candied Carrots

We are very aware that everyone has strong opinions when it comes to carrot cake. Whether it's about the addition of nuts, raisins, or pineapple, or the spice combination that make your family recipe special, we know that everyone has a favourite version of this...

Our Director Shares His Favourite Farmers’ Market Brews

Nova Scotia is home to a whole lot of goodness, and when it comes to local food and drink, we punch well above our weight class. Packed inside this beautiful province are more farmers’ markets per capita than anywhere else in Canada. You know what else we have 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.

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