The Quest to Find America’s Favorite Farmers Markets!

It’s summertime and that means two things: 1) There are loads of delicious farm fresh produce available at farmers markets all around the country, and 2) American Farmland Trust has kicked off the third annual America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest!

The contest is a nation-wide challenge for communities to rally support for their farmers markets. The goal is to promote the connection between fresh, local food and the farms and farmland that supply it. When the contest ends on August 31st at midnight, one small, medium, large, and boutique farmers market will win the title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2011. The reward for the winning market in each category will be a shipment of No Farms No Food® totebags, a feature article on the award winning foodsite, and other prizes from our partners and sponsors.

Here is what a few recent voters had to say about why their farmers market is special:

Why should you support farmers markets?

There are many reasons to shop at your farmers market, but one of the most important is the fact that nearly one million acres of farmland get paved over each year – most around cities where there is the greatest demand for food.

Make headlines for your local farmers markets!

Help bring the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest to your community by spreading the word or writing about the contest on your blog. You can use our free buttons and our new comments widget to spread the word.

About the Author: Gretchen Hoffman is Manager of Engagement and Communications at American Farmland Trust.  She can be reached at

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