The Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative is a movement by markets for markets, seeding growth and prosperity for farmers’ markets and their communities.
Our not-for-profit cooperative is made up of more than 20 farmers’ markets. Together, we’re working to create a dynamic farmers’ market sector cultivating healthy local economies, communities, and people across Nova Scotia.
Since 2004, our cooperative has been building support and fostering success for farmers’ markets in Nova Scotia, as well as providing training and assistance to our member markets.
A cooperative of farmers’ markets, we are a team, working collaboratively, benefiting from shared resources, research, and collective expertise.
Together, we are stronger, resulting in greater success for our member markets. Between 2014 and 2016, 16 of Nova Scotia’s farmers’ markets closed permanently. Just three of the sixteen lost markets were members of the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative.
With the support of our cooperative, our members continue to reach formidable milestones. Within the last three years, two of our member markets have transitioned to year-round operation, three have established licensed kitchens, one has built a permanent market building and two others are now posed to do the same in coming year. Two of our members have established artist cooperatives while three others have developed market stores. One of our members, working in partnership with our cooperative, piloted a food security program serving low-income members of the community – the first of its kind east of British Columbia. Our members have also forged partnerships with local government, expanded to multiple days per week, established food skills programming and continue to prototype new, innovative ideas and offerings for vendors, customers and community.
By becoming a member of the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative, you join a team of local markets working collaboratively to create a dynamic and thriving farmers’ markets sector in their communities and across Nova Scotia. Bringing together Market Managers, Board Members and Volunteer Organizers, as well as active vendors, our cooperative is first and foremost a supportive network of dedicated people. Get the help you need to grow your farmers’ market, promote your market to your community, revitalize a market currently experiencing challenges, or establish a new farmers’ market in your community.