Oregon is joining other states across the U.S. in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 4-10. In coordination with the national Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), the Oregon Farmers Markets Association is organizing a variety of activities to commemorate the occasion. Although many markets and market lovers across the state have participated in Farmers Market Week in the past, this is only the second year that Oregon has had a coordinated, state-wide push. We couldn’t have been more proud of how it turned out last year, and are excited for this year’s activities!
Farmers Market Week is really meant to showcase the efforts of our amazing farmers markets, and as such, OFMA and FMC have provided a variety of useful tools and templates that markets AND customers can use to get involved in the festivities! You can check out FMC’s tools here, and also see below for some activities and templates that we further customized for use specifically by Oregon Farmers Markets, Farmers Market Vendors and Farmers Market Shoppers. They include a farmers market photo contest, small sponsorship opportunities for your market, customizable proclamations for local government officials, social media promotion tools and tools for inviting your elected officials to the market!
Enter the (2nd annual) Farmers Market Week Photo Contest!
Calling all vendors, market managers and farmers market shoppers!
We love farmers markets and we know you do too! In honor of National Farmers Market Week, we want to showcase everything we cherish about our markets in Oregon. From the friendly faces to the beautiful food, “behind the scenes” shots and market-day programs, we want to see your reason(s!) for loving farmers markets…
How it works:
Submissions are being accepted until Friday, July 26th at midnight PCT. Photos will be posted to the OFMA facebook page from July 28th - August 3rd for a round of public voting via “likes” to determine the crowd favorites! One crowd favorite and one OFMA pick will be selected per category. Winners will be announced during Farmers Market Week, beginning August 4th.
To enter, use the appropriate link below, which will take you to a simple form and instructions for submitting your photos.
If you DO have a google account (ie a gmail address), please use this link
If you do NOT have google account, please use this link.
Winners in each category (listed below) will have their photo featured on our website and market newsletter and receive a small OFMA prize. OFMA staff and board will choose one Grand Prize winner. This winner will have their photo featured on our OFMA webpage for a whole year, until Farmers Market Week 2020! They will also receive a market goodie bag and unending bragging rights.
2019 Categories are:
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
Again, to enter, use the appropriate link below, which will take you to a simple form and instructions for submitting your photos.
Celebrate on Social Media!
We invite everyone - markets, vendors AND customers- to use the following hashtags during Farmers Market Week to celebrate Oregon markets and markets all over the country.
FMC has also provided a variety of FM infographics you can download directly from their website and share on Facebook or other social media platforms leading up to or during FMW.
Host a Farmers Market Week Activity!
OFMA is pleased to be offering 5 mini-sponsorships (up to $50 each) for farmers markets across the state who are planning Farmers Market Week activities, Aug 4-10, 2019!
Last year we were excited to visit member market, Oregon City Farmers Market and to be one of several sponsors helping to celebrate the FDNP program’s 21st year for their Farmers Market Week activity. State WIC staff sampled local peaches from Kiyowah Orchards and gave away market tote bags. OSU Extension Service was also onsite offering a “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” market tour, chef’s demo, and an extra $5 for SNAP cardholders who completed the tour. Our small sponsorship contribution paid for the sampling part of the event. We had a lovely day visiting OCFM, celebrating Oregon markets and fresh fruits and vegetables for all!
We had SUCH a good time that this year, we are offering 5 mini-sponsorships (up to $50 each) for current OFMA members who would like to offer Farmers Market Week Activities. Visit this page and fill out the short (we promise!) form to be considered before Mon, July 22nd. Recipients will be notified no later than Mon, July 29th.
*If you are a business or funder and are interested in sponsoring a Farmers Market Week activity in 2019, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a Local Proclamation!
We were thrilled last year that Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s office issued a statewide proclamation, officially declaring Aug 5-11, 2018 “Oregon Farmers Market Week!” View it here. We are working with her office again this year to request a proclamation be issued in 2019 and will post it here when finalized.
Getting your own local government officials involved in promoting your market can be a great way to build partnerships, establish credibility and solicit buy-in for your activities. Requesting your local officials make a proclamation in honor of Farmers Market Week is a great, no-cost tool for doing just that. To help with this process, we customized a local proclamation template, found here, based on FMC’s template, just for Oregon farmers markets to use. Download it, 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!
Thanks in large part to all of OFMA’s member markets who email, called, and visited their state Senators and Representatives in Salem, the state of Oregon recently gave Farmers Market Fund $1.5 Million to expand Double Up Food Bucks at farmers markets across Oregon! Farmers Market Week is the perfect opportunity to invite your elected officials to visit your market. It’s a wonderful way to show off your hard work, get some extra media attention, and help your legislator learn about the impact of DUFB first-hand. Interested?? Our friends at FMC have put together this handy guide to inviting elected officials for a visit. Feel free to email Molly from FMF with any questions (email@example.com).