Wondering how you’re going to tote your sprouts home from the Portland Farmers Market? Have no fear! Thanks to Paige Kracke, winner of the COUNTRY Financial reusable bag design contest, market shoppers will be able to carry their locally-grown goods in style.
Kracke, a senior at Wilson High School, took first place and received a $1,000 scholarship from COUNTRY Financial. The artwork captured the theme of “Sprouts in the City” with carrots, strawberries and flowers springing up in front of the Portland skyline.
“I wanted to show how the market brings the vibrancy of fresh flowers and produce to the heart of the city,” said Kracke.
Madeline Harlow, a senior at Grant High School, and Clara Smith, a junior at Grant, were named runners-up. Each artist was awarded a $500 scholarship.
Shoppers can pick up this year’s reusable canvas bags throughout the season at various markets to carry home their fresh goods.
“This year’s theme sprouted great artistic creativity from our young designers. We were very impressed with the submissions and the talent of the Portland Public Schools high school students,” said Tim Harris, COUNTRY district director of agencies.
COUNTRY became a season sponsor for the Portland Farmers Market in 2010. Portland area public high school students submitted their designs for the third annual contest.
To see the winning design and other finalists, please visit www.CountryFarmersMarkets.com.