American Farmland Trust has opened the voting to select “America’s Favorite Farmer’s Markets at www.farmland.org/cote. The online contest is a nationwide challenge to see which of America’s farmer’s markets can rally the most support from their communities. At the end of the contest on Aug. 31, one large, medium, small and boutique-sized farmer’s market will win the title of “America’s Favorite Farmer’s Market for 2011. Winners will be featured on Epicurious.com, the most award-winning food site, and will be honored at local celebrations where they will receive prize packages from American Farmland Trust and its partners.
Farmers markets are a vital link between local farms and their supporting communities providing fresh and healthy food and an experience that cannot be matched anywhere. By partnering with farmer’s market managers, American Farmlnad Trust is encouraging customers to consider the importance of farmland to support local farmers. Market shoppers can cast their vote in support of their region’s farmers, community and market. To vote for Easley Farmer’s market, simply go to www.farmland.org/vote.
“The America’s Favorite Farmer’s Markets contest is fun and engaging way for farmer’s market shoppers to show their pride for their local farmers markets and to directly support their communities,” said Jon Scholl, president of American Farmland Trust. “Farmers markets provide a vital connection from town and city centers to surrounding local farm, supplying fresh and healthy food and an experience that cannot be matched anywhere else.”
The America’s Favorite Farmers Contest is part of American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food campaign, which raises awareness of the dangers of farmland loss by making connections to food. Farms near metropolitan areas produce 91 percent of the nation’s market value of fruit, 78 percent of vegetables and 67 percent of dairy products.