Do you think your market has what it takes to win the Market of the Year award? Or has an amazing innovative program or great special event? Then take note as we launch the opening of the awards program for the 2019 season.

Last year marked the initial roll-out of recognizing the hard work of member markets across the province with awards of excellence. This year, we are excited to announce that the award categories have been expanded to include:

  • Farmers’ Market of the Year
  • Best in Innovation
  • Best Special Event

Winners will be announced at the FMO Symposium held at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, February 19-20, 2020 in Niagara Falls. Each winner will receive a FREE 2-day OFVC registration package and a chance to deliver a 20 minute presentation about their story during the convention as part of the ‘Spotlight on Award Winning Ideas” segment.

Only FMO member markets in good standing may apply. Deadline for submissions is 5 pm on November 1, 2019.

Special thanks to the Award’s committee including: Aartje den Boer, Anne Durst, Kim Feere, Helen Martin, and Noella Rinaldo, for their valuable input and efforts to expand the awards program.

1. Farmers’ Market of the Year Award

Farmers’ Markets Ontario will recognize an outstanding Farmers’ Market that is exemplary in adding value to their communities and the Ontario farmers’ market sector for the 2019 season. Nominations will be judged by the FMO board awards committee and will be presented during the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) in February 2020. Winners will be offered a complimentary 2-day registration package* to OFVC and an opportunity to present their story as part of the FMO agenda entitled ‘Spotlight on Award Winning Ideas’ during the convention.
* Please note that winners will be responsible for transportation, meals and hotel if they choose to participate.

SELECTION CRITERIA

1. Transparency: Value 25%

Describe how the market practices transparency? Does the market support and promote the MyPick Verified Local Farmer program? Does the market have a custom vendor validation program or transparency program? How does the market promote transparency to customers and vendors?

2. Community Engagement: Value 25%

Describe how this market achieves a high level of commitment in connecting farmers, producers and consumers. How does the market create a market atmosphere that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the community? What unique programs does this market provide to engage the community?

3. Vendor’s Choice: Value 25%

Describe what makes this market a great market from a vendors perspective? What unique programs does this market provide to engage and support vendors?

4. Other: Value 25%

Describe a single exemplary element, program, event or anything that adds value to this market and its community. This is an open category and can include any one of the following elements: Growth, Sustainability, Educational programs, Giving back to the Community/Community Engagement, Impact, Accessibility, Innovation or Green program.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR NOMINATION

We encourage submission of additional supporting information utilizing any of the following formats: testimonials, pictures, video or PowerPoint presentation. All supplemental materials must be provided via email along with a Nomination submission. Indicate which supplementary materials are being submitted on the submission form.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Nominations will be accepted from FMO member market’s managers, organizers, and market board members.
2. Complete this form and email it along with any supporting materials to: catherine.clark@farmersmarketsontario.com by 5 pm on November 1, 2019.

NOMINATION FORM

Please note: Submission forms are Goggle documents. You do not require a Google account to access and submit.
Farmers’ Market of the Year Nomination Form

2. Best in Innovation Award

Farmers’ Markets Ontario will recognize an outstanding Farmers’ Market that has executed an exemplary innovative idea/program for the 2019 season. Nominations will be judged by the FMO board awards committee and will be presented during the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) in February 2020. Winners will be offered a complimentary 2-day registration package* to OFVC and an opportunity to present their story as part of the FMO agenda entitled ‘Spotlight on Award Winning Ideas’ during the convention.
* Please note that winners will be responsible for transportation, meals and hotel if they choose to participate.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Nominations may be submitted based on a program of their choice such as marketing, environment, customer loyalty, etc. Scoring is based on uniqueness, impact and execution of the specific program and will be scored out of 100%.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR NOMINATION

We encourage submission of additional supporting information utilizing any of the following formats: testimonials, pictures, video or PowerPoint presentation. All supplemental materials must be provided via email along with a Nomination submission. Indicate which supplementary materials are being submitted on the submission form.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Nominations will be accepted from FMO member market’s managers, organizers, and market board members.
2. Complete this form and email it along with any supporting materials to: catherine.clark@farmersmarketsontario.com by 5 pm on November 1, 2019.

NOMINATION FORM
Please note: Submission forms are Goggle documents. You do not require a Google account to access and submit.
Best in Innovation Nomination Form

3. Best Special Event Award

Farmers’ Markets Ontario will recognize an outstanding Farmers’ Market that has executed an exemplary special event during the 2019 season. Nominations will be judged by the FMO board awards committee and will be presented during the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) in February 2020. Winners will be offered a complimentary 2-day registration package* to OFVC and an opportunity to present their story as part of the FMO agenda entitled ‘Spotlight on Award Winning Ideas’ during the convention.
* Please note that winners will be responsible for transportation, meals and hotel if they choose to participate.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Nominations may be submitted based on a special event of their choice such as marketing, environment, customer loyalty, etc. Scoring is based on uniqueness, impact and execution of the event and will be scored out of 100%.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR NOMINATION

We encourage submission of additional supporting information utilizing any of the following formats: testimonials, pictures, video or PowerPoint presentation. All supplemental materials must be provided via email along with a Nomination submission. Indicate which supplementary materials are being submitted on the submission form.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Nominations will be accepted from FMO member market’s managers, organizers, and market board members.
2. Complete this form and email it along with any supporting materials to: catherine.clark@farmersmarketsontario.com by 5 pm on November 1, 2019.

NOMINATION FORM
Please note: Submission forms are Goggle documents. You do not require a Google account to access and submit.
Best Special Event Nomination Form