Farmers' Markets Ontario - Come for the freshness... Stay for the fun Farmers' Markets Ontario

Farmers' Markets Ontario.  Come for the Tradition.

Here's how we can help you!


  • Reorganization
  • Rejuvenation
  • Complete Operations Review
  • Organizational design and governance models
  • Strategic Planning
  • Developing a Marketing Plan
  • Vendor recruitment and training
  • Determining proper vendor mix
  • Budgeting
  • Fund-Raising
  • Market Rules
  • Market Bylaws and Constitution
  • Hiring a Market Manager
  • Taking the step from seasonal Farmers' Market to Year-Round Public Market
  • Dealing with City Hall and other government departments
  • And more!

Consulting Services

The twelve people on our volunteer Board of Directors offer unique skills and expertise.

Our Executive Director, Robert T. Chorney, one of the founders of FMO, has a broad business background.

For 19 years he was an executive with the Co-operators, Canada's largest all-lines insurance company. He spent seven years in the travel and tourism industry, and five years as a Market Development Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Food, where he guided the renaissance of Ontario's Farmers' Markets.

Bob has helped organize some 100 new Farmers' Markets and he has consulted to farm, government, business and community groups across all of Canada and in many parts of the United States. He has been a featured speaker at several international Direct Farm Marketing Conferences.

He is the co-author of recently-released "Sharing the Harvest", the first-ever Canadian How-To handbook on how to build Farmers' Markets and how Farmers' Markets build community!

Most recently he organized the first-ever meeting of farmers' market leaders from across Canada where the new organization Farmers' Markets Canada was born.  Bob was elected as the founding Chair.

Bob keenly recognizes how a Public/Farmers' Market contributes to the soul of a community, and his inspiring message helps motivate community leaders to take the necessary steps to make a Farmers' Market part of their success story.

Contact Us Today!

Farmers' Markets Ontario®
54 Bayshore Road, Brighton, Ontario K0K 1H0
Toll-Free: 1-800-387-FARM (3276)
Phone: 1-613-475-GROW (4769)
Fax: 1-613-475-2913



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Special features

What's in season & how to use it
Find out what crops are in season now (or will be soon). Learn about Ontario produce and how to pick it and prepare it. Click here to go to the Foodland Ontario website. (It's amazing!)

Want to start a farmers' market?
Find out what it takes (and how long it takes) to start a successful market in your community.
However, before you attempt our questionnaire we recommend that you read our Checklist and Timelines.

Click here
to fill out our online questionnaire.

Join Farmers' Markets Ontario®
If your market qualifies as a true farmers' market, it should be part of Farmers' Markets Ontario® so it can start enjoying the benefits of membership. Click here to find out more.

Special events at Ontario markets
Find out which markets are having special events. Click here for an up-to-date list.