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Farmers’ Market Photo Contest Changes Focus

The Westport Farmers’ Market is the gift that keeps giving.

In addition to the bounty available every Thursday — plus music, education and community-building — the WFM reaches out to kids.

Every year, the Market’s “Young Shoots” photography contest engages creative teens and tweens. They train their fresh eye on fresh produce, flowers and more. The results are inspiring.

“Starstem” by Calista Finkelstein placed 1st in 2016, in the 8-10 category.

The Westport Farmers’ Market reopened with full shopping this past week. But — in an abundance of caution — this year’s “Young Shoots” photo contest will be different.

Youngsters will show what the Market means to their homes. They’ll submit images of the produce, flowers and prepared foods they and their families buy — and how it all looks, in their kitchens and dining rooms.

“Young Shoots is an opportunity for kids to demonstrate their creativity through digital photography while at the same time appreciating the beauty of real food,” says Lori Cochran-Dougall, WFM executive director.

“This year we are excited to see the market in their homes through their artwork.  It will bring a fresh variety of images to this program.

“This is one of my favorite programs of the market. These kids are our future. We love to see the appreciation they have for real food in such a creative way.”

Anastasia Davis won 1st place in 2016 in the 11-14 age group for this shot.

There are 3 age groups: 8-10 years old, 11-14 and 15-18. Photos are judged by local artists (and a chef). The public can also vote for their favorites.

First place winners in each category receive $100; runners-up get $50. All photos will be on display at Sugar & Olives in Norwalk.

Click here to apply. The deadline is August 10.

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