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The Green Life: Vote for Your Favorite Farmers' Market

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May 19, 2009

Vote for Your Favorite Farmers' Market

FarmersmarketproduceThe local farmers’ market is that colorful, festive place we visit to support the local economy and find fresh, sustainable food. Despite a growing demand for local produce, however, more than 16 million acres of farmland were lost between 2002 and 2007 –  much of it was sold for urban development.

To foster appreciation for local farmers, the nonprofit American Farmland Trust recently announced its first annual “America’s Favorite Farmers' Markets” contest.
It's like American Idol – minus the snarky judges, but with a lot more dirt.

It’s part of a national outreach campaign that, according to the website, hopes to “raise awareness in every corner of every state about the importance of supporting fresh food from local farms.”

The contest, says Managing Director Julia Freedgood, “is a way for consumers to show the pride they take in their local farmers’ market and by extension the local farmers and communities that support them.”

Love your local market? You can vote, starting June 1, by going to farmland.org/vote. The results will be announced during Farmers’ Market Week (PDF), in early August.

--Jamie Hansen


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