2023 America’s Farmers Market Celebration

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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 19 to September 18, 2023, 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.

In 2023, AFT has increased the total cash prizes to $15,000 and expanded the awards to cover the top five markets nationally (compared to the top three in past years). The breakdown of prize money is as follows: $5,000 for first, $2,500 for second, $1,500 for third, $750 for fourth, $250 for fifth, and $100 to first in each state. In addition to the prize money, the top markets also receive national and local press coverage, complimentary American Farmland Trust and Farmers Market Coalition memberships, I Love My Farmers Market stickers, No Farms No Food gear, a free one-year subscription to Farmers Market Metrics, and other surprises!

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