Favorite Farmers’ Markets

Contest names top three farmers’ markets from across the country, as American Farmland Trust works to spread the word about the benefits of buying local.

| August 14, 2009

  • Buy local; frequent your local farmers' market.
    Buy local; frequent your local farmers' market.
    iStockphoto.com/James Tutor

  • Buy local; frequent your local farmers' market.

Thousands of people across the country, from every state, cast their votes in the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest and told American Farmland Trust about their favorite market. The organization received many positive comments from customers who really appreciate what their farmer’s market has to offer to their community.

Every one of the 860 farmers markets that enrolled in the contest helps ensure that communities are surrounded by farms that can provide delicious, fresh food everyone craves. By providing people with a place to purchase regional foods, farmers’ markets help keep farmers on the land so they can continue to provide fresh food for local tables as well as provide community economic benefits and a place for like-minded people to gather.

American Farmland Trust held the first ever America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest to raise national awareness about the importance of supporting fresh food from local farms and farmers. Winning markets received 500 No Farms No Food totebags to distribute to the customers that made it all possible.

Shopping at farmers’ markets is one of the best ways to support farms, farmers and local economies. When people buy fruit, produce and more from a local farmers’ market, consumers are making healthy and environmentally friendly choices.

American Farmland Trust (AFT) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting the nation's strategic agricultural resources. Together with farmers and ranchers, political leaders and community activists, the group has helped to permanently protect more than 1 million acres of America's best farm and ranch land. AFT supports local farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms and food cooperatives because they are resources that local communities cannot afford to lose.

And now. . . the farmers markets with the most votes in this year’s contest are:

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