WILLIAMSBURG FARMERS MARKET VOTED AMERICA’S FAVORITE FARMERS MARKET
Williamsburg Farmers Market was crowned this year as one of America’s three favorite farmers markets. The award is the culmination of AFT’s summer long America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest and represents the integral role that the Williamsburg Farmers Market plays in its community and the avid support demonstrated by the dedicated customers it has generated through its 7 years of operations.
Here is what one Williamsburg Farmers Market customer had to say:
“What better location for a market than just minutes from Jamestown ,Va. where first settlers landed and grew their own produce to live! Our farmland in this area, as it did when the settlers first landed, continues to produce many varieties of fresh food which is a requirement of life. This market takes great pride in promoting locally grown/harvested products-vegetables, seafood, baked items, berries, cheeses, peanuts, flowers, etc. . . Saving farmland is our best source to grow and provide nourishing foods for everybody.”
In its inaugural year, the AFT contest registered just shy of 30,000 votes in support of local farmers markets across the nation and featured 857 participating farmers markets. The Williamsburg Farmers Market registered 725 of these votes and swept the ‘Medium’ category of markets featuring 31-55 vendors.
Williamsburg Farmers Market will receive a free No Farms No Food ® tote bag giveaway for their customers. The totebags will be distributed while supplies last at an event open to the press and public on August 29th, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at the farmers market at Merchant Square on Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Learn more about Williamsburg Farmers Market on their webpage.
By partnering with farmers markets, American Farmland Trust is encouraging consumers to consider the importance of farmland and to support local farmers. Put succinctly, there is no local food without local farmland.
American Farmland Trust—along with many local and state governments, and non-profit groups, is working to make “growing local” a reality for farmers, ranchers and consumers. Healthy Farms, Healthy Food, and Healthy Communities: It’s what America needs!