I think I’ve mentioned this once or twice (or perhaps twenty times) before, but my farmers market, Collingswood Farmers Market, won American Farmland Trust’s Aemrica’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest last year in the small market category. I know I talk about it like it’s actually my market, but it’s not. It’s the market I shop at and write about frequently. I actually bypass a closer market to get to Collingswood each Saturday morning because it has better prices, a friendlier atmosphere, and a larger, more varied selection.
I’ve just voted for the market to win this year’s America’s Favorite Farmers Markets. Voting began on June 1, 2010 and will run through August 31, 2010 so there is still plenty of time to get your vote in. After I voted, I received an e-mail that offered me a free No Farms No Food® bumper sticker as well as an easy way to Tweet about the contest or promote it on my Facebook page.
At the end of the contest, one small, medium, large, and a new category, boutique, farmers market will win the title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2010. The reward for the winning market in each category will be a shipment of No Farms No Food® tote bags, along with other prizes including free printing services from igreenprint and free graphic design services from Virginia based design firm, SQN Communications. The categories are based on the number of vendors the farmers market has. The four categories are Boutique- 15 or fewer vendors, Small 16 - 30 vendors, Medium, 31 - 55 vendors, and Large, more than 56 vendors.
I know that the Collingswood market gained a lot of publicity from being chosen as a favorite market. Maybe this year, it’s your market’s turn.