WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, American Farmland Trust, the organization behind the national movement “No Farms No Food,” announces the award winners of its Farmers Market Celebration -- markets around the country that have made a significant impact in their communities. This past weekend marked the end of our tenth annual event and with it the results of a summer-long effort to promote the importance of family farms and farmers markets.
The Farmers Market Celebration once again garnered the attention of communities-turned-advocates for local food systems. Markets were evaluated in four categories: Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community, Champion for the Environment. After months of participation and voting from across the nation, the results are finally in.
First place, The 2018 People’s Choice Award, goes to, The Winter Garden Farmers Market -- Winter Garden, FL
Runners up are as follows,
1. Swarthmore Farmers Market, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
2. Charlottesville City Market, Charlottesville, Virginia
3. Clarksville Downtown Farmers Market, Clarksville, Tennessee
4. Williamsburg Farmers Market, Williamsburg, Virginia
Supporting local farmers markets is more than just a way to nourish ourselves, it’s a way to keep small farms viable. The beneficial relationship between eater and farmer is what AFT hopes to encourage and cultivate each summer and throughout the year as a part of the Farmers Market Celebration—showcasing and celebrating the markets that make communities proud. There are thousands of registered markets that participated and everyone put in a huge effort – please visit markets.farmland.org to see a full list.
American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. Since 1980, AFT's innovative work has helped to permanently protect more than 6.5 million acres of farmland and ranchland and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more. No Farms, No Food. Learn more at www.farmland.org.