Wednesday, July 29, 2009

America's Favorite Farmers' Markets

From American Farmland Trust (http://www.farmland.org/default.asp):

Farmers markets across the country are in full swing and market tables are laden with the beautiful fruits of summer. Since June 1st, thousands of people have cast their vote through the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest and told use about their favorite market! Have you voted for your favorite? Cast your vote today!

“I love the feeling of shopping and visiting with my neighbors while buying locally grown food. It's a great way of connecting with people and connecting with the land. And the produce is terrific, not to mention the farmers!” America’s Favorite Farmers Markets voter.

With Only Two Weeks Left We Need Your Help to Get Out the Vote!
Send an E-card, Win a Cook Book
Since there are so many dedicated farm and farmers market supporters out there, we decided to create a contest just for market advocates. Five people who send the most e-cards inviting people to vote in the contest will win a signed copy of the Local Flavors cookbook by Deborah Madison.

Take a Look at America’s Favorite Top 20 Farmers Markets
Small, medium, and large farmers markets have been working hard to get the word out about the contest and rally their customers. Now you can see which of the more than 700 farmers markets participating in the contest are currently leading in votes. Visit our new Top 20 Farmers Markets display to see who is in the lead and how many votes your farmers market needs to make it to the top twenty. This list updates each time you refresh, or visit the page, so that you can have up-to-the minute information on the top markets.

Make a Gift to Help Us Spread the Word
Want to help us spread the word about the importance of farmers markets to our communities and for their role in keeping farmers on the land? Make a donation today, and we will put it to work to push for effective policies that protect farmland and support farmers so they can continue to provide food for our tables.

Get Your Community Involved
Make sure your local paper knows about the contest and supports your local farmers market this summer! Write a letter to the editor about the contest and how your vote supports your local farms and farmers markets. Check out more ways you can spread the love for farmers markets.

Sincerely,


Gretchen Hoffman
Communications Coordinator
American Farmland Trust

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