Do you love your local farmers market? Do you find that it’s more fun to walk among stalls of regionally grown and freshly picked fruits, vegetables and flowers and smell samples of bacon, sausages or other meats being cooked by a local meat vendor rather than going to the grocery store and buying produce that may not have even been grown in the United States?
If you do, here’s your chance to support your local farmers and farmers market.
The American Farmland Trust is holding its fifth nationwide I Love My Farmers Market Celebration. The celebration is a summer-long contest to identify the top 100 farmers markets in the country.
Everyone can vote and participating is easy. Just go to I Love My Farmers Market and pledge to spend $10 at your farmers market this week. Once on the site, follow the prompts to vote. The pledge doesn’t involve any online payment. It’s just a promise to support your local market by spending $10 that week with your local vendors. You can vote (and make your pledge) once a day until the contest ends on Sept. 9.
To see an up-to-date tally of the top 100 markets in the contest, click on the caption under the photo on the link above. You can also find the top three markets in your state by clicking on the “about the celebration” button in the menu bar on the site and then clicking on the green map in the bottom right of the window that will appear.
If you want to show your favorite local farmers market some love, keep voting to keep them in the running and tell us in the comments section why you think your market is among the best in the country.
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