Fresh vegetables are only some of the many items available at the Fort Pierce Farmers Market. / Florida Food & Farm file photo

To celebrate National Farmers Market Week (NFMW), which runs from Aug. 5-11, the Farmers Market Coalition is sponsoring a contest. The winner will enjoy a free, activated season on Farmspread (

NFMW is an opportunity to show Americans how much value farmers markets bring to their communities. The celebration features fun events, specials, contests and activities, so NFMW helps to boost farmers markets’ attendance and visibility.

Because the Farmers Market Coalition knows that planning a festive week like this entails a lot of work, the Miami Beach-based organization offers a variety of resources, tools and suggested activities for market managers, vendors and attendees to use for planning and participating in National Farmers Market Week.

What is Farmspread?

Farmspread lists farmers markets, vendors and CSAs (community supported agriculture); and provides an online platform for managing your market. The platform gives market managers the following:
a configurable online vendor application;
auto invoicing to vendors;
a searchable public profile;
ability to invite vendors to your market;
ability to accept and track incoming payments;
a market map of vendor assignments; and more.

To enter the contest, follow these three steps.

1) Make sure your market is listed on Farmspread’s NFMW Directory. If it isn’t, put it on the map by adding it; click here.

2) Fill out the NFMW Directory form; click here.

3) During National Farmers Market Week (Sunday through Saturday, Aug. 5-11), share the link to the NFMW Directory ( on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) along with your market’s plans for celebrating. Use the hashtags #NFMWDirectory and #farmstofoodtofolks.

This contest closes on Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. The winner will be randomly selected and announced by the Farmers Market Coalition during the week of Aug. 13.

For more information on Farmspread, visit For information on the Farmers Market Coalition, including how to promote your market during National Farmers Market Week, visit