Remember when I published a blog post about the American Farmland Trust’s 2010 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest? Well, today–in honor of National Farmers Market Week–the organization posted its current Top 20 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets rankings based on your votes. (Did you know that there are now 6,192 farmers markets in America? That’s a 16% increase since last year, according to the USDA.)
I am proud to see two West Michigan farmers markets on the list in the Large Markets group! Both the Fulton Street Farmers Market (#4) in Grand Rapids and the Holland Farmers Market (#18) in Holland are in the Top 20. Plus, they’re both listed in Michigan’s Top Five Farmers Markets.
The American Farmland Trust’s contest slogan, “No Farms, No Food,” is a pretty simple concept: If we don’t have farms, we’re not going to have food. We count on America’s farms and ranches to provide fresh, healthy, and local food—but our farms and ranches are rapidly disappearing.
America’s farmers markets are great places to get fresh and healthy food that’s grown close to home by local farmers and ranchers. Check out this video for the whole story.
Where’s your favorite farmers market?
(If you haven’t voted yet, there’s still time! The contest ends August 31.)