National Farmers Market Week "Two-Step Contest"
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared August 7-13 2016 National Farmers Market Week!
To celebrate the week, the Arkansas Farmers Market Association (AFMA) invited its member markets to participate in Arkansas’ second annual Two Step Contest.
1st Place - Fayetteville Farmers Market
2nd Place – Bentonville Farmers Market
3rd Place – Saracen Landing Farmers Market
FAYETTEVILLE FARMERS MARKET
The Fayetteville Farmers Market (FFM) honored their customers and farmers with a week full of exciting activities. As a way to show appreciation to patrons of the market, FFM featured giveaways to promote the USDA campaign “Know Your Farmer Know Your Food.” Both individual farmers and producers at the market provided gift certificates that were won in drawings with customers taking home locally produced fruits, veggies, meats, cheese, arts, crafts and more. Drawing winners were announced throughout the week.
Also featured was a Market Mandala Competition hosted in partnership with The Fayetteville Underground Art Gallery and Cobblestone Project, which provided a fun way to see food as art.
Images below showcase Market Mandala winners who created art mandalas using seasonal produce for a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate.
On August 4th, the ‘”Know Your Farmer Know Your Food” photo exhibit by Joshua Duke & Saatchi & Saatchi X was on display at the Fayetteville Underground Art Gallery.
BENTONVILLE FARMERS MARKET
The theme for Bentonville Farmers Market (BFM) festivities was “A Touch of Appreciation.”
BFM wanted to bring awareness to the community about living healthy life styles, which includes appreciating and integrating the mind, body and soul. With that in mind, BFM provided their farmers and patrons with free massage, yoga and cooking demos. One such cooking demo taught children and parents how to use corn in the best possible way.
Other highlights focusing on children included two watermelon-eating contests for up to 20 kids in each contest; face painting; an animal balloon maker; and, Disney characters from Once Upon a Party NWA.
SARACEN LANDING FARMERS MARKET (Pine Bluff)
Saracen Landing Farmers Market focused their attention on the abundance of watermelon at the market and hosted a watermelon tasting, with patrons enjoying the refreshing taste of watermelon while visiting and shopping at the market!
Great job, winners…and, thanks for participating!
We look forward to celebrating again next year!