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9 Reasons to Visit a Farmers’ Market in Nova Scotia

By July 9, 2021July 12th, 2021Blog

Looking for a day trip idea or want to see where the locals spend their time? Heading to a Nova Scotian farmers’ market checks off so many boxes when thinking about how to make the most out of your trip. Find a farmers’ market near you to enjoy all the community has to offer!

There are over 50 of them!

Did you know Nova Scotia has the most farmers’ markets per capita in Canada? There are many reasons why farmers’ markets are valued and plentiful here in this small province. Wherever you are, there’s sure to be a market near you.

Nova Scotian farmers’ markets are as authentic as it gets!

The vast majority of farmers’ markets in Nova Scotia are members of Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative and follow a “make it, bake it, grow it” policy, ensuring all the vendors are producing the products that are sold.

Get the freshest and most unique produce

At a farmers’ market, you’ll discover produce you may have never seen before – always in season! Sunchokes? Garlic scapes? Young ginger? Throughout the growing season, you’ll be getting the freshest produce at the market to enjoy!

Support small businesses

Farmers’ markets in Nova Scotia are small business incubators with over 1500 vendors across the province, and growing! New businesses and entrepreneurs often choose markets as a place to start because of the ability to engage with the community, test out their product in an affordable space, and connect directly with customers.

Find unique local art and craft

Ditch the plastic keychain and souvenirs and pick up something handmade and special. Farmers’ markets aren’t just a great destination for food and drink, they’re also a one-stop-shop for all of your handmade craft and gift-giving needs! Mass-produced items often aren’t made to last. Choose to support makers who create their products with care and quality. Buying from an artisan means your item will be one of a kind, too!

Get a delicious meal

Many farmers’ markets feature fantastic prepared food producers. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, even dinner! The variety of delicious offerings will quickly become your favourite take-out.

Connect with producers and the community

One of the biggest advantages of shopping at a farmers’ market is being able to meet the people who grow your food. Not only are you able to learn about how your food is produced, it can be a wonderful feeling to talk with the people who help to nourish you and your family. You can learn new recipes and cooking ideas too all while staying in the know of what new products are coming into season!

Quench your thirst with the province’s variety of craft beverages

Not only does Nova Scotia have the most farmers’ markets per capita, but also the most craft breweries. No matter which farmers’ market you visit, you’ll find plenty of unique locally produced beverages, including beer, spirits, cider, wine, mead, and kombucha.

It makes the perfect day trip or foodie adventure!

Explore a new part of the province and see what the region has to offer by meeting and connecting with the locals! There’s no better expression of a region’s unique abundance than a farmers’ market. Find your next market adventure with our map by clicking here.