Farmers Market Week
National Farmers Market Week is August 2-8, 2020
Oregon joins states across the country in celebration National Farmers Market Week in coordination with the national Farmers Market Coalition (FMC).
Farmers Market Week showcases the efforts of our amazing farmers markets. OFMA provides tools and templates to help market managers, vendors, and shoppers get involved in the festivities.
Calling all vendors, market managers and farmers market shoppers! We want to see your reason(s!) for loving farmers markets.
Winners in each category of our online photo contest have their photo featured on our website and market newsletter and receive a small OFMA prize. In addition, one grand prize winner will have their photo featured on our website for one year. They will also receive a market goodie bag and unending bragging rights.
2019 categories were:
Pretty Products: Irresistible sungold tomatoes, steaming hot tamales, shining honey jars spread on a beautiful tablecloth… what’s your favorite?
The Big Picture: All markets look different from afar. What does yours look like when you take a step back? What’s special about where your market takes place? What does a customer see when they approach your market? Show us your vistas!
Furballs and Feathered Friends: Terrier dressed as a carrot? Bunny's first blackberry? Give us your cutest. We've heard reports of market petting zoos and parades, and we want proof!
Action Shots: Vendors making change, staff popping canopies, musicians playing away, volunteers running a sampling station—what are your best candid moments and scenes?
Community Love: People are the heart of markets. Show us your community! Families of all shapes and sizes, shoppers old and young, diverse faces and happy smiles.
Market Miscellaneous: We want to see whatever markets mean to you. Funny shots and behind the scenes are highly encouraged.
We invite everyone—markets, vendors and customers—to use the following hashtags during Farmers Market Week:
FMC also offers a variety of infographics you can share on social media.
Market Activity Grants
In 2019, OFMA was pleased to sponsor four markets across the state to conduct activities at market during Farmers Market Week. These mini-sponsorships were awarded through a competitive process was open to all OFMA farmers market members.
Montavilla Farmers Market “I <3 Farmers Markets” temporary tattoo giveaway: “Kids painted their response to the question, ‘What do you love about the farmers market?’ and were rewarded with something special—an 'I <3 Farmers Markets' temporary tattoo from the Farmers Market Coalition! The 'coolness' of the prize made the activity stand out in children's minds. It was also an opportunity for kids and parents to consciously think about what benefits the market brings to their lives.”
Aloha Community Farmers Market “Market Bucks”: “In addition to our $1 ‘Sprouts Club bucks,’ to celebrate National Farmers Market Week, we had $1 "ACFM bucks" to gift to 50 market patrons throughout the market day. We also planned other activities for Farmers Market Week, including participating in the OFMA photo contest using “I <3 Farmers Markets" temporary tattoos, our market's ‘photo booth,’ a balloon maker and local musical act, all of which will serve to celebrate this week in style!”
Clatskanie Farmers Market POP Club “Eat Your Colors”: To celebrate Farmers Market Week children had their $2 POP token and a tic tac toe card to guide them through the market. Each square of the card had a market item to find, such as ‘Find a red fruit’ and ‘Find a vegetable that is not green.’ When a child found three in a row they collected an “I <3 Farmers Markets’ tattoo.. This activity not only had children hunting for produce at the market but seeing the variety of colorful produce too.
The Dalles Farmers Market “Birthday Bucks” game [image]: “All shoppers were invited to write their birthday on a nametag and wear it around the market. If they encountered anyone, whether a shopper, vendor or musician, who had the same birthday, both were be awarded a "Birthday Buck" good for $1 that can be spent for the rest of the season. The game is designed to get strangers talking, get acquaintances to learn more about each other and encourage shopper interaction with vendors.
What are YOU doing for Farmers Market Week?
If you are a business or funder and are interested in sponsoring a Farmers Market Week activity in 2019, please contact us at email@example.com.
Make a Local Proclamation
Governor Kate Brown’s office issued a statewide proclamation officially declaring August 4-10, 2019 “Oregon Farmers Market Week!” 2019 was the second year in a row that the Office of the Governor has acknowledged the hard work and major impacts of the farmers market community here in our state.
Asking your own local government officials to make a proclamation is a great, no-cost way to build partnerships, establish credibility and solicit buy-in for your activities. OFMA customized a local proclamation template based on FMC’s template for Oregon farmers markets to use. Download the template, customize it for your own town or county and reach out to your local government to request that they make it official!
Invite Elected Officials to Your Market
Farmers Market Week is the perfect opportunity to invite your elected officials to visit your market and show off your hard work, garner media attention and help your legislator learn about the impact of farmers markets firsthand. FMC has created a guide to inviting elected officials for a visit.