The American Farmland Trust (AFT) is holding an online contest for “America’s Favorite Farmers Markets” at www.farmland.org/vote. The contest is a nation-wide challenge to see which of America’s 4,685 farmers markets can rally the most support from its customers. The winning market will get tote bags to distribute to its customers.
The 2007 U.S. Agricultural Census reports a 49% growth in sales from farms directly to consumers since 2002—representing $1.2 billon that stayed in local communities, according to an AFT press release. But at the same time, more than one million acres of farmland are developed each year – most around cities where there is greatest demand for local food.
The polls stay open until August 8th. Results will be announced during Farmers’ Market Week August 2 – 8, 2009.