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Vote for your favorite famers market

On Sunday August 8 at midnight, online voting closes in American Farmland Trust’s (AFT) America’s Favorite Farmers Markets Contest.

With more than 700 markets participating and over 22,000 votes cast since June, this contest has shown how much people love to connect with their local farmers, and how consumers have a real loyalty to the markets in their communities.

Coinciding with the last week of voting in AFT’s contest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 2-8 and encouraging consumers to visit their local markets. Farmers markets are becoming more prevalent with nearly five percent more markets this year than last.

Farmers markets customers are encouraged to vote and to tell their friends about the contest. Customers can vote for more than one market, but only may cast one vote per market. And, you can track the leader board online which continuously updates the top 20 markets in each size category.

American Farmland Trust designed the promotion to celebrate farmers markets and to help draw the connection between the necessity of farm and ranch land and the availability of fresh, local food. In addition, farmers markets can provide community economic development opportunities and help farms stay economically viable. The economic health of farm operations is one key to protect farm and ranch land—since economic stress often causes farmers to exit the industry.

In Tucson, Santa Cruz River Farmers Market is listed. Please consider voting for it.

  1. I’m leaving this comment on your blog because we share some of the same values of organic, sustainable farming and the support of local family farms. I am trying to get the word out to the public regarding the plight of my friends, Jim and Linette Crosby. Their mint farm, which has been in their family since 1912 and is one of the oldest continually operating mint farms in the country, is scheduled to be foreclosed upon on August 15, 2009…ironically, during the annual St. Johns Mint Festival. To read about the “Battle of Mint Valley,” please visit http://www.peppermintjim.wordpress.com. I am asking for any help you can provide…notifying your readers of their plight, publicizing their website (www.getmint.com) and the National Dram Sale, advertising the Mint Jam ’09 benefit concert…anything at all is much, much, much appreciated! To see the latest news broadcast about the Crosby Mint Farm and it’s current situation, please visit http://www.wlaj.com/news/span-16641-farm-mint.html?referrer=facebook.

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