Call it eclectic, call it weird. Portland’s authentic desire to be different has transformed the city into a hotbed for some of the best farmers markets in the country. Beautiful colors, friendly smiles, and fresh produce abound every corner, painting a real-life portrait of this city’s appreciation for agriculture and art. As a company that began in agriculture, COUNTRY Financial® has been long time supporters of farmers markets.
Art and agriculture collide.
To help inspire Portland’s youth and reduce plastic waste, we proudly activate our annual market bag design contest. Here’s how it works:
- We provide a design theme to local Portland schools…
- Students submit their designs for a chance to win a scholarship…
- COUNTRY Financial votes on the winning design…
- We announce the winner at the local market, present the checks, and begin distributing the FREE reusable bags showcasing the 1st place design!
“You’ve got a lot growing for you.”
This was the design theme that helped deliver 1,150 reusable bags to Portland this season and helped celebrate three young artists.
Art was meant to be celebrated.
With over 100 design entries, we just had to place the art on display. Local COUNTRY Financial representative, Geoff Dorn, hosted a celebratory exhibit, featuring the student’s designs at his office (which doubles as an art studio). It was here, Sasha Hennig was awarded the People’s Choice Award for her incredible design (pictured below).
Discovering your motivation.
Aside from our heritage in agriculture and our passion for community, we’re on a mission to help people get started on their financial goals. If locales weren’t motivated to “Keep Portland weird”, do you think Portland would still be one of the fastest growing cities and have some of the best farmers markets in the US?
Step 1: Define your goal.
Step 2: Discover your motivation
When you're ready to start, we're ready to help.
We adore the Portland area! Are you a regular attendee of the farmers markets? If so, share some of your favorite things below.