How would you like to help your favorite farmers market win thousands of dollars to help it make itself even better? By voting online during the America’s Farmers Market Celebration, you can!
From June 20 to September 19, 2022, the 14th annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration (AFMC) “showcases the essential markets across the nation making a difference for farmers, ranchers, and communities,” according to the event website.
Throughout the celebration, market shoppers and supporters can vote for their favorite market at markets.farmland.org. Votes are tallied to find the top markets in each region of the country. In additon, the AFMC recognizes an overall “People’s Choice” winner as the market with the most votes nationwide.
The organizations hosting the AFMC – American Farmland Trust and Farmers Market Coalition – “believe that every farmers market in America is special in its own way. Big or small, in cities or rural towns, farmers markets nourish their communities while helping local farmers, food makers, and artisans thrive.”
The AFMC ranks markets across the country by their popularity with customers, but the organizers emphasize that its goal is to highlight the vital role that all farmers markets play.
The AFMC website also boasts a database and interactive map – the largest and most comprehensive listing of farmers markets in the United States, in fact. It contains more than 7,000 listings and is searchable by ZIP code and place name.
The AFMC’s total cash prizes have increased to $10,000 for 2022. The top five markets in the “People’s Choice” category will receive an award: $5,000 for first, $2,500 for second, $1,500 for third, $750 for fourth, and $250 for fifth. Markets receiving these awards can use them for marketing, communications, and other activities to expand their reach and impact.