Now is your chance to celebrate your favorite farmers market – and maybe even win money while doing it. Aug. 5-11, 2018, is National Farmers Market Week (NFMW), an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role that farmers markets play in the nation’s food system.
NFMW, observed during the first full week of August, provides an opportunity for farmers markets to highlight the important effects they have on us, such as increasing access to fresh, healthful food; supporting local communities; and helping to preserve the country’s farmland and rural livelihoods.
The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a nationwide nonprofit agency dedicated to strengthening farmers markets, wants your help in spreading the news. So FMC is sponsoring its fourth annual National Farmers Market Week Poster Contest, and accepting submissions from April 15-May 15, 2018.
Check out past winners
This contest has been a successful way for markets and communities to show off and to gain inspiration by designing creative promotional materials. Check out the winners from 2014 at farmersmarketcoalition.org/poster-contest-winners; 2016 at farmersmarketcoalition.org/fmcs-2016-farmers-market-poster-contest-winners; and 2017 at farmersmarketcoalition.org/fmcs-2017-poster-contest-winners.
FMC is giving away cash prizes. It wants posters that “depict a combination of engaging graphics, informative messaging, and regional or market identity.”
Four prizes will be offered in the following categories: first and second place for Best Overall Poster; Best EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer)/Nutrition Incentive Poster; and the Fan Favorite – the poster with the most votes on Facebook.
Winners will be announced in early June.
Farmers markets gaining in popularity
According to the Farmers Market Coalition, “The number of farmers markets in the United States has grown rapidly in recent years, from just under 2,000 in 1994 to more than 8,600 markets currently registered in the USDA Farmers Market Directory.”
For more information, visit farmersmarketcoalition.org.