Running from June 21 to September 19, 2021, the 13th annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration showcases the essential markets across the nation making a difference for farmers, ranchers, and communities.
During this time, market shoppers and supporters can vote for their favorite market by visiting markets.farmland.org. In addition to recognizing the top markets in each region of America, the Celebration will crown an overall “People’s Choice” winner as the top-endorsed market in the country.
As we head into the second summer of the coronavirus pandemic, the role of farmers markets as both a vital venue for farmers to sell their goods and shoppers to access local, healthy food is being recognized like never before. If the last year has taught us anything, it is that farmers markets are not a luxury to communities. They are essential businesses that provide a vital service and should be celebrated.
To recognize the vital role farmers markets have played during the coronavirus pandemic, American Farmland Trust has increased the total cash prizes for the markets that finish in the top three of the “People’s Choice” category — $2,500 for first, $1,500 for second, and $1,000 for third. These funds will be awarded to markets to go towards marketing, communications, and other needs that help expand the market’s reach and impact.