Nova Scotia’s community farmers’ markets never seem to have a problem gathering crowds, even as the fall weather begins to get cooler. Towns and cities all over the province love to support their local artisans and planters by getting up early once a week and visiting what is always a lively farmers' market experience, full of awesome music and delicious food.
What better way to warm up on a fall morning than by gathering a group of friends and getting some sweet eats at one of the community farmers’ markets listed below? All the markets we’ve included are either open until the end of fall or all year round – so be sure to check their varying hours and dates of operation before getting a squad together and visiting!
1. Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market // 1209 Marginal Road
The Halifax Farmers’ market was created in June of 1750 – only a year after the founding of Halifax itself. Originally the farmers’ market sat where the Bank Of Montreal building exists now, and Acadian farmers from the Annapolis Valley would set up shop here to sell their wares. The market moved to the Seaport in 2010, and is the oldest running market in North America, being open all year round every day of the week.
2. Truro Farmers’ Market // 15 Young Street
Every Saturday morning from April to December Truro residents visit Market Hall to browse the wide selection of organic, locally sourced produce, crafts, jewellery, soaps, flowers and baked goods made available by talented community vendors from throughout the area. There’s always live music playing and a kids corner with educational games!
3. New Glasgow Farmers’ Market // 261 Glasgow Street
In 2008 the New Glasgow Farmers’ Market opened with twelve operating vendors, and now only eight years later after being such a popular fixture of the community, the market will be moving to a facility that can accommodate its operation all year round. Drop by on a Saturday morning to pick up some delicious organic food products and take in the awesome live music.
4. Antigonish Farmers’ Market // 30 James Street
From May to December farmers and local vendors bring their products directly to the community at the Antigonish Farmers’ Market. Established in 1995, during busy seasons there are up to 60 vendors selling a variety of fruits, vegetables, preserves, meats, hand crafts and heritage products at the market every Saturday morning.
5. Wolfville Farmers’ Market // 24 Elm Avenue
Located right by the Acadia campus, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market operates year round on Saturday mornings, while also providing community suppers from May to December on Wednesday evenings. Founded in 1992, over 50 vendors now sell a unique range of locally produced and hand made goods at this community hub.
6. Lunenburg Farmers’ Market // 17 Green Street
From September to April the Lunenburg Farmer’s Market operates out of the Lunenburg Community Centre on Green Street, moving to the Lunenburg Arena (also on Green Street) for the warmer months from May to mid September. This popular community gathering place has been bustling on Thursday mornings for over twenty-five years, and is a part of Lunenburg travellers must see!
7. Cape Breton Farmers’ Market // 340 Keltic Drive
The Cape Breton Farmers’ Market is a not-for-profit co-operative that has been a popular community hub for over thirty years, transitioning from an outdoor seasonal market to a year-round indoor market that attracts over a thousand visitors every week from all over the island.
8. Port Hawkesbury Area Community Market // 606 Reeves Avenue
Every other Thursday from June to October folks gather at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre to enjoy the bustling atmosphere and browse local produce, crafts, meats, fish and baked goods. The civic centre will also be hosting a Christmas market on Saturday, November 26th, from 10am-2pm.
9. Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market // 41 Creamery Road
The new waterfront canopy at the Tatamagouche Farmer’s Market provides visitors with an incredible view of the Waugh River – it might be a little cold now, but this scenic setting is one of the things that makes this Nova Scotian farmers’ market a popular destination for over 25,000 visitors every year. Drop by on a Saturday morning between February and December to browse all the local wares for sale!
10. Windsor Farmers’ Market // 6 King Street Extension
Also located right on the water, the Windsor Farmer’s Market looks out over beautiful Lake Pisquid, and patrons are even welcome to swim nearby on super hot summer days! Saturday mornings from June to December, hundreds of visitors come by to browse organic, locally grown produce and hand made crafts.
11. Greenwood Mall Farmers’ Market // Greenwood Mall
All year round the Greenwood Mall Farmer’s Market hosts local farmers and vendors on Thursday mornings from 12pm-4pm. Next time you’re driving along the Bay of Fundy be sure to stop in Greenwood and check the farmers' market out!
12. Kentville Farmers’ Market //354 Main Street
The Kentville Farmers’ Market has just moved to their winter location at the Kentville Recreation Centre on Main Street, and all season long their Wednesday morning market will continue to provide the community with a place to connect with local farmers and craft makers.
13. The Norman Newman Market // 2 Ochterloney Street
Located on the ground floor of Alderney Landing, this Dartmouth community market is open seven days a week in an effort to serve the community fresh, locally sourced food and provide a space for local craft makers to share their work. Several permanent vendors also show art, offer massages and even sell beauty products as part of this awesome urban marketplace.
14. Historic Farmer’s Market // 1496 Lower Water Street
The Seaport Farmers' Market isn’t the only awesome farmers’ market in Halifax! Every Saturday morning Historic Brewery Square is taken over by local farmers and craft vendors, who set up their shops throughout the 200-year-old court yards and heritage buildings amongst Halifax’s Brewery District.
15. Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market // 67 Park Road
Next time you’re in Musquodoboit Harbour on a Sunday morning head over to their year round farmers’ market, held in the bingo hall at the Eastern Shore Community Centre! Spend the perfect Sunday morning grabbing a fair trade coffee, enjoying an organic lunch, and picking up some locally made crafts with friends.
16. Yarmouth Farmers’ Community Market // 15 Hawthorne Street
Located in historic downtown Yarmouth near the corner of Forest Street and Hawthorne, the bustling Yarmouth Farmers’ Community Market displays the work of over 45 growers, producers and artisans every Saturday morning for the whole community to enjoy. Mid-week markets also run between June and September, so be sure to head over next summer!
17. Hammonds Plains Famers’ Market // 2187 Larry Uteck Blvd
Every Thursday afternoon all year round at the St. John’s Anglican Church in Bedford vendors and patrons gather to support local artisans in the community and pick up fresh produce from nearby growers. Next time you’re in Bedford you have to check it out!