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Feel better at a farmers' market—and take a selfie to prove it

Vicki Lee, marketing manager for Spirit Square Farmers
Vicki Lee, marketing manager for Spirit Square Farmers' Market and a farmer, poses for a photo at Harbour Quay. Take your own selfie and enter the BC Farmers' Market photo contest.
— image credit: SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News

Patrons at either the Port Alberni Farmers' Market or Spirit Square Farmers' Market can enter a province-wide photo contest by taking a 'selfie' at the market between now and July 7.

BC Farmers' Market launched the 'It Feels Better at the Farmers' Market' public awareness campaign on June 23. The campaign and contest offers prizes, activities and incentives at participating markets throughout B.C. to entice market 'newbies' to check out local farmers' markets.

Both of Port Alberni's farmers' markets are participating members. The Port Alberni Farmers' Market has moved permanently to the First Baptist Church facility on Cherry Creek Road. Vendors are both indoors and outdoors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Spirit Square Farmers' Market is still located at Harbour Quay, but has a new name. It is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Saturday year-round.

All B.C. residents 18 years and older are eligible to enter the photo contest. Snap a photo of yourself at a farmers' market between now and July 7, and submit it to http://www.facebook.com/bcafm. Then promote your selfie between July 7–21 to collect votes. The selfie that gets the most votes wins a Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit and $500 worth of goods from the winner's favourite farmers' market.

Each week five random winners will also be selected from five regions in B.C. Each of the random winners will receive the home canning kit and a $50 gift card to the market of their choice.

There will also be scavenger hunts for kids at markets throughout B.C.

To follow the campaign on social media: @BCFarmersMarket on Twitter (#FarmersMarketSelfie); www.facebook.com/BCAFM on Facebook; and www.bcfarmersmarket.org online.

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