Farmers’ markets offer more than a place to purchase fresh local produce from the source. It’s a place to connect with your local community, make memories with your family and learn about the local food around you.
The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) is looking to aggregate those sentiments on social media next week as part of their annual Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week.
“We’re really looking for shoppers to show their passion for their local markets. We know that market shoppers have a lot of enthusiasm and this is a chance for them to show that on social media,” Leigh Hallett, executive director of the MFFM, said.
This is the second year MFFM has organized the Snapshot Week event, falling in conjunction with National Farmers’ Market Week, which occurs during the first full week of August.
Between August 6 and August 12, farmers’ market shoppers across the state are encouraged to post photos and stories from their market experiences across social media platforms with the hashtags #MEsnapshotweek or #lovemainemarkets.
With Maine boasting about 110 farmers’ markets, Hallett said Snapshot Week is good way to connect the markets via social media and show the uniqueness of each market.
“Each market is really diverse, so it’s primarily a way to capture those [farmers’ market] stories and capture the diversity of Maine’s many many farmers’ markets,” Hallett said.
Any Maine market is able to take part in Snapshot Week, with about 50 of the markets requesting toolkits compiled by MFFM. The toolkits include several activities such as coloring pages, “I love farmers’ markets” temporary tattoos and cards for shoppers to fill out with their favorite market memory.
Last year, MFFM received 1,900 of these memory cards, each depicting a shopper’s favorite farmers’ market memory. The memories ranged from a favorite product that they discovered to a farmer simply remembering their names.
Following Snapshot Week, prizes including Common Ground Country Fair tickets and a special blend of coffee from Storibord Coffee Roasters, will be given out to stand out pictures and posts from the week.