Make a poster for a farmer’s market

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit committed to strengthening farmers markets, has launched its 2nd annual poster contest that will feature farmers market posters from across the country.

Contestants are encouraged to submit their entries online by July 24 and will be eligible for $1,500 in cash prizes. Winners will be chosen based on a combination of creative design, informative messaging and incorporation of regional or market identity.

A panel of judges comprised of farmers market leaders from across the country will determine winners in the following categories: first place, second place and Best EBT/Nutrition Incentive poster. A Fan-Favorite prize will be awarded to the poster that receives the most votes online. Winners will be announced during National Farmers Market Week (August 7-13), an annual celebration sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. Winning posters will also be displayed at events in Washington D.C. throughout the weeklong celebration.

Fast food favs

And now, the antithesis of the farmer’s market: Fast food.

A new survey by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index of almost 4,800 customers reveals that fast food is actually evolving.

this is bad news for McDonald’s which came in at the bottom of the list of favorites, at No. 18. Burger King (13), Jack in the Box (17) and Wendy’s (14) didn’t do too well, either.

No. 10 is Domino’s, which the food site Epicurious proclaimed the best pizza chain in 2014.

No. 9 is Chipotle, still struggling to come back from the outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus at several locations. It has since expanded it’s menu and raised expectations.  It was No. 2 on last year’s list.

No. 8 is Subway, which also had a tough year due to pitchman Jared Fogle’s conviction on sex crimes. The chain pledge to stop using meat raised with anitbiotics.

No. 7 is Dunkin’ Donuts, which added Starbucks drinks to its menu.

No. 6 Arby’s gets customers in with its slow-cooked meats and curly fries It’s an oldie, but a goodie.

No. 5 is Panera, which vowed to get rid of “unacceptable” ingredients and provided a list for consumers.

No. 4 turns out to be Little Caesars, which grabbed customers with its bacon-wrapped crust and the “hot-n-ready” pizzas, which don’t require a pre-order.

No. 3 is the ever popular “all others,” which includes who knows how many and what kind of fast food joints.

No. 2 is Papa John’s, which also said it would eliminate artificial ingredients.

Chick-fil-A is No. 1. Aside from the chicken, customers praise the friendly, fast service. And the chain doesn’t try to anything fancy — they stick to their chickens.

So we may be trying to eat healthier, but we are still pretty attached to grease as seen by all the pizza places on the list.