WASHINGTON — The American Farmland Trust here has announced the selection of America's Favorite Farmers' Markets, chosen in a national online poll hosted by AFT's website.
"More than 90,000 people from across the country voted for their favorite farmers markets this summer," Jane Kirchner, AFT's senior director of marketing and communications, explained in a release. "And in the last three weeks of the promotion, we've seen the top 20 markets in each category change positions, sometimes daily."
Winners were chosen in four different divisions. North Port, Fla.-based North Port Farmers & Craft Market won in the Boutique Markets division for markets with 15 or fewer vendors. The Small Markets division (16-20 vendors) was won by the City of Rockford Farmers Market, Rockford, Mich. Historic Lewes Farmers Market in Lewes, Del. won the Medium Markets division (31-55 vendors), and the Large Markets division, for farmers markets with 56 or more vendors, was won by the Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market, Las Cruces, N.M.
"The America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest is not about being the best, it is about celebrating the unique qualities of farmers markets everywhere and to help increase awareness of the importance of supporting farmers economically and saving farmland," said Kirchner.