Thursday, April 11, 2013

Reusable Bag Design Winners Revealed

COUNTRY Financial Reveals Reusable Bag
Design Contest Winner at Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Wondering how you’re going to tote your sprouts home from Peachtree Road Farmers Market? Have no fear! Thanks to Stephen Palmer, winner of the inaugural COUNTRY Financial reusable bag design contest, market shoppers will be able to carry their locally-grown goods in style.

The Benjamin E. Mays High School junior took first place and received a $1,000 scholarship from COUNTRY Financial. The design shows a peach rising over the city skyline, and according to the artist, “the peach is rising towards a better Georgia future.”

Lanier Doty, a senior at The Lovett School, and Abigail Shipps, a freshman at North Atlanta High School, were named runners-up. Each artist was awarded a $500 scholarship.

The winner and runners-up were announced at Peachtree Farmers Market kick-off event on Saturday, April 6. Shoppers can pick up this year’s limited edition reusable canvas bags at select events throughout the season.

“Our first bag design contest was a big success. This year’s theme sprouted great artistic creativity from our young designers. We were very impressed with the submissions and the talent of the Atlanta high school students,” says Dave Fisher, COUNTRY Georgia district director of agency. 

COUNTRY became a season sponsor for Peachtree Road Farmers Market  earlier this year. Atlanta high school students submitted their designs for the first annual contest.

“Local food, local artists and a local business joining forces brings new and exciting reasons to visit the market,” says Lauren Carey, Peachtree Road Farmers Market manager. “It will be fun seeing Stephen’s design carried everywhere throughout the summer.”

To see the winning design and other finalists, please visit  

About COUNTRY Financial
COUNTRY Financial ( serves about 1 million households and businesses throughout the United States.  Founded in 1925, COUNTRY has nearly 2,000 financial representatives in 17 Midwestern, Western and Southern states who help families build a financially secure future, no matter where they’re starting from.  COUNTRY offers a full range of financial products and services from auto, home and life insurance to retirement planning services, college savings plans and investment management.  

About Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Founded in 2007, Peachtree Road Farmers Market is the largest producer-only farmers market in Georgia. Peachtree Road Farmers Market is proud to have more GA farmers selling their own goods than anywhere else in state. Housed in the parking lot of The Cathedral of St. Philip, this centrally-located weekly market brings the community together around local food. To learn more about how Peachtree Road Farmers Market aims to grow, nourish and inspire the community, become a Twitter follower, Facebook fan, blog reader and visit

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