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Farmers' Market Awards - Best of 2017

Farmers' Market Awards - Best of 2017



The annual Farmers' Market Awards recognizes outstanding farmers’ markets, market managers, vendors, volunteers, and partners that are exemplary in adding value to their communities and the farmers' market sector. All nominees are judged by a committee representing BCAFM partners and stakeholders across BC. Awards will be presented during the Farmers' Market Awards ceremony at the 2018 BCAFM Conference on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
 

Award Categories: 

Nomination Deadline:
The deadline to nominate is Sunday, February 4, 2018.


Farmers' Market of the Year

The BCAFM will recognize outstanding farmers’ markets that are exemplary in adding value to their communities and connecting producers to consumers through fresh, locally grown food, and artisan products. The recipients will be honoured during the Farmers' Market Awards ceremony at th2018 BCAFM Conference. There are (three) award categories: Small, Medium, and Large Market of the Year.  

Who is Elibigle?
All BCAFM member farmers' markets in good standing.

Qualities of Markets of the Year:

  • The market is an integral part of its community and brings together farmers, producers and consumers in innovative ways, facilitating strong sales for farmers/vendors through creative special events and educational programming that celebrate and promote fresh, locally grown food and artisan products, and demonstrates a commitment to the BCAFM make, bake, grow philosophy.
  • The market is a venue that promotes, supports and advocates for small farms, local, sustainable agriculture, artisans and programs that link consumers of all economic levels in their community with fresh, locally grown food. 
Categories:
  • Small Market:  7 - 20 vendors per week on average
  • Medium Market: 21 - 60 vendors per week on average
  • Large Market:  61+ vendors per week on average
Selection Process:
All nominees will be judged by a committee representing BCAFM partners and stakeholders across British Columbia.

Who May Nominate a Farmers' Market of the Year:
Nominations are open to the public, vendors, and the farmers' market itself.

Nomination Form & Deadline:
 

Farmers' Market Manager of the Year

The BCAFM will recognize an outstanding Farmers’ Market Manager for their work and accomplishments in their role as a Market Manager. The recipient will be honoured during the Farmers' Market Awards ceremony at the 2018 BCAFM Conference
 

Who is Eligible?
All Market Managers of BCAFM member farmers' markets in good standing. 

Criteria for Selection:
  • Exemplifies the highest level of achievement in connecting farmers, producers and consumers by creating and maintaining a market atmosphere that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the community and the bounty of its fresh, locally grown food, and artisan products.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the BCAFM make, bake, grow philosophy.
  • Exemplifies sound and innovative business and people management practices; seeks out and develops strong community partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
  • Represents the best of the farmers’ market sector in British Columbia and actively works to promote and support sustainable agriculture, small farms and farmers.
Selection Process:
All nominees will be judged by a committee representing BCAFM partners and stakeholders across British Columbia.

Who May Nominate a Market Manager of the Year:
Nominations must be submitted by a BCAFM member market's Board of Directors.

Nomination Form & Deadline:

Farmers' Market Vendor of the Year

The BCAFM will recognize an outstanding vendor for their work and accomplishments related to the farmers’ markets in which they participate. The recipient will be honoured during the Farmers' Market Awards ceremony at the 2018 BCAFM conference.


Who is Eligible?
Vendors who sell at a BCAFM member farmers' market.

Criteria for Selection:
  • Qualities of the winning vendor:
    • have a strong connection with shoppers
    • actively promote the benefits of fresh, locally grown food or artisan products
    • provide excellent customer service
    • set up creative displays and marketing
    • demonstrate the make, bake, grow philosophy
  • Serves as a leader and role model at farmers’ markets
  • Continually seeks to gain knowledge, adapt to the changing marketplace and apply innovative techniques to farming, food production and marketing
  • Demonstrates success and growth in their farmers' market sales or business

Selection Process:
All nominees will be judged by a committee representing BCAFM partners and stakeholders across British Columbia. 

Who May Nominate a Vendor of the Year?
Nominations are open to the public, vendors, and the farmers' market itself.

Nomination Form & Deadline:



Volunteer of the Year

The BCAFM will recognize an outstanding individual for their work and accomplishments related to their volunteer work with a BCAFM member farmers’ market. The recipient will be honoured during the Awards Reception at the 2018 BCAFM Conference.

Who is Eligible?
Individuals who volunteer with a BCAFM member farmers' market. 
 

Criteria for Selection:
  • Volunteer is reliable, hard working, dedicated, and invested in strengthening BC farmers’ markets.
  • Individual has volunteered a minimum of 20 hours with a BCAFM member farmers’ market. 
Selection Process:
All nominees will be judged by a committee representing BCAFM partners and stakeholders across British Columbia.

Who Can Nominate a Volunteer of the Year?
Nominations will be accepted by the farmers' market at which the individual volunteers.

Nomination Form & Deadline:

Partner of the Year

The BCAFM will recognize an outstanding individual or organization for their contribution and support of BC farmers' markets. The recipient will be honoured during the Awards Reception at the 2018 BCAFM Conference.

Who is Eligible?
Individuals, groups or organizations whose work supports or improves a BCAFM member farmers' market, or the BC farmers' market sector as a whole. 

Criteria for Selection:
Partner has demonstrated commitment and action to improving or supporting a BCAFM member farmers' market or the BC farmers’ market sector.
 
Selection Process:
All nominees will be judged by a committee representing BCAFM partners and stakeholders across British Columbia.

Who Can Nominate a Partner of the Year?
Nominations are open to the public, vendors, and the farmers' market itself.

Nomination Form & Deadline: