Summer brings the return of area Farmer's Markets and the American Farmland Trust is celebrating that start of the selling season with an open contest to elect the nation's favorite farmer's market.
This is the fourth year for the annual contest. Voting is going on now www.votemyfarmersmarket.org, and will wrap up on September 3rd.
The summer long competition aims to see which farmers markets can generate the most votes from their customers. The goal of the contest is to promote the role that farmers markets play in keeping family farmers on the land.
"Shopping at farmers markets is one my favorite parts of the summer," said American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl. "In addition to the freshest local foods, farmers markets offer a great way for consumers to get to know the farmers who grow their food."
The 2012 America's Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest has been expanded to include all 7,175 markets that are listed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Farmers Market Directory. As part of the contest, a $1000 Farmers Market Inspiration Award, sponsored by the Farmers Market Coalition, will be presented to a farmer showing the greatest dedication to his/her market.
Participants can vote for as many participating farmers markets as they choose, but can only vote for each market once. At the completion of the contest, one small, one medium, one mid-size, and one large market will win the title of "America's Favorite Farmers Market" for 2012.