American Farmland Trust began taking votes from Farmer's Market shoppers Friday for its annual 'America’s Favorite Farmers Markets' contest.
The summer long competition aims to see which farmers markets can generate the most votes at www.votemyfarmersmarket.org from their customers. The goal is to promote the role that farmers markets play in keeping family farmers on the land.
This year's contest has been expanded to include all 7,175 markets listed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Farmers Market Directory.
As part of the contest, a $1,000 Farmers Market Inspiration Award, sponsored by the Farmers Market Coalition, will be presented to a farmer showing the greatest dedication.
According to contest rules, people can vote for as many participating farmers markets as they choose, but can only vote for each market once.
Voting runs through midnight on Monday Sept. 3, when one small, one medium, one mid-size, and one large market will win the title of "America's Favorite Farmers Market."
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