National Farmers Market Week is around the corner (August 4-10) and in anticipation, we are opening up our #LoveMDmarkets Instagram contest for the first time to shoppers! Along with market managers, shoppers will be eligible to win big while sharing the love for their favorite markets.
The prize for the winning manager will be a $200 stipend to subsidize an event at your market—think face painter, live music, prizes—either during National Farmers Market Week or at a time of their choosing along with “I 💚Farmers Markets” temporary tattoos to give to farmers and shoppers. The prize for the winning shopper will be a fully loaded basket of MDFMA’s favorite value-added Maryland-made goodies.
In June 2017, we minted the hashtag #loveMDmarkets and encouraged managers, shoppers, and farmers to use it on Instagram and beyond. Since its inception it has been used in 4950+ times on Instagram, tagging market and farm pictures, market hauls and meals. Our goal is to reach 6000 with this contest!
The way the contest works is simple. First, you must follow us on Instagram and join our #LoveMDmarkets Facebook group. Managers need to sign up for the contest and then post twice a week in July (1 to 28) on their market’s Instagram feed using the #loveMDmarkets hashtag. Shoppers don’t need to sign up; they just post twice a week to their Instagram feed using #LoveMDmarkets and tag MDFMA in their posts! MDFMA will pick a winner based on the total number of likes for posts as well as the originality of the content.
Thanks and see you at market!
– The MDFMA Team