Published on April 17th, 2016 |


Farmers Market celebrates 9th birthday, shopping bag design winner

Peachtree Road Farmers Market shoppers helped celebrate the market’s ninth birthday on Saturday (April 16).  North Gwinnett High School student Sydney Matheny also was announced as the winner of the 2016 COUNTRY Financial design contest for the free reusable

North Gwinnett High School student Sydney

North Gwinnett High School student Sydney Matheny (center), is shown holding her winning 2016  design for the Farmers Market canvas bags in the COUNTRY  Financial art competition. Runners-up, Lambert High School students Sabrina Kien (left), and June Lee are shown with their designs.

canvas market shopping bags.

Matheny will receive a $1,000 scholarship from COUNTRY Financial for her design, which features a colorful picnic table with a classic canning jar and farm fresh produce.

Two Lambert High School students, Sabrina Kien and June Lee, were named runners-up and will each receive a $500 scholarship.

The winner and runners-up were announced during birthday celebration festivities at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market April 16 and the new bags were distributed to shoppers at the market.  Shoppers will be able to pick up this year’s limited-edition reusable canvas bags at select events throughout the season.

“Sydney’s artwork beautifully depicts this year’s theme of ‘Our Farms, Your Tables.’ Her design is a reminder that locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables are an American classic for any meal,” said Mike Taylor, COUNTRY Financial agency manager.

This is the fourth year COUNTRY Financial has sponsored the bag design contest.

“We love seeing familiar faces year after year at the Peachtree Road Farmers Markets.” commented Lauren Carey, manager of the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. “Shoppers and farmers alike are excited to show their market pride with the collectable bags. Our shoppers love to take the bags designed by the students when they travel to other states and even countries,” she added.

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