25 February 2013

In, err, On The Bag

News from our Friends & Sponsors at COUNTRY

Artistic designs will be germinating in the minds of Willamette Valley area high school students as COUNTRY Financial and Portland Farmers Market launch their third annual reusable bag design contest. This year’s theme is “Sprouts in the City.”

For the first time, all Willamette Valley area high school students are invited to use their creativity to show what Portland Farmers Market, and this year’s theme, “Sprouts in the City” means to them. Ideas can be inspired from farming, Portland landmarks and little-known facts, images from the farmers market and everything in between.

The student with the winning design will receive a $1,000 scholarship. In addition, his or her artwork will be showcased on thousands of reusable canvas bags distributed to farmers market shoppers throughout the season. The bag contest will supplement initiatives to reduce waste and promote recycling at market locations.

Two runners-up will receive a $500 scholarship and have their designs featured at the unveiling ceremony.

The winning designs will be unveiled during the Arbor Day/Earth Day event at the Portland State University Farmers Market on Saturday, April 20. All three finalists will be invited to attend.

Entries must be submitted to either address below by Wednesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. PDT:

COUNTRY Financial

Farmers Market Competition 

2012 Scholarship Winners

2012 Scholarship Winners


2150 Country Dr. South

Salem, OR 97308 


Portland Farmers Market

Farmers Market Competition

240 N. Broadway St., Suite 129

Portland, OR 97227

For more information, contact your school’s administration or visit www.CountryFarmersMarkets.com.

2012 Winning Bag

2012 Winning Bag