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Contest Seeks the Best Farmers Market in America

Contest Seeks the Best Farmers Market in America


The American Farmland Trust is looking for the best farmers market in America

The American Farmland Trust is looking for the best farmers market in America.

The American Farmland Trust is looking for the best farmers market in America with its America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest.

From now until Sept. 3, farmers market shoppers throughout the U.S. can vote for their favorite markets during the fourth annual competition. One small, one medium, and one large market will win the title of "America’s Favorite Farmers Market" for 2012.

The goal of the contest is to promote the role that farmers markets play in keeping family farmers in the farming industry. The 2012 America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest has expanded to include all 7,175 markets that are listed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Directory.

People can vote for as many participating farmers markets as they choose, but can only vote for each market once. The winning markets will be promoted by the American Farmland Trust and will be honored at local celebrations.

In addition to the America's Favorite Farmers Market contest, farmers can submit an essay to win the Farmers Market Inspiration Award, a $1,000 prize awarded to a farmer showing the greatest dedication to his or her market.


The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 159 locations in 22 states with a focus on fresh produce and private label ingredients.
Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market

The motto of Hy-Vee is &ldquoa helpful smile in every aisle,&rdquo so shoppers at this employee-owned supermarket can expect friendly service at each location. You&rsquoll find more than 240 Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

Around 80 percent of the products on the shelves at Europe-based Lidl are private label, which means shoppers are always finding new favorites from around the world. You&rsquoll find more than 3,500 products at any given time, including in-store baked goods, fresh flowers and a sizable wine selection.
Photo courtesy of Lidl


The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 159 locations in 22 states with a focus on fresh produce and private label ingredients.
Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market

The motto of Hy-Vee is &ldquoa helpful smile in every aisle,&rdquo so shoppers at this employee-owned supermarket can expect friendly service at each location. You&rsquoll find more than 240 Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

Around 80 percent of the products on the shelves at Europe-based Lidl are private label, which means shoppers are always finding new favorites from around the world. You&rsquoll find more than 3,500 products at any given time, including in-store baked goods, fresh flowers and a sizable wine selection.
Photo courtesy of Lidl


The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 159 locations in 22 states with a focus on fresh produce and private label ingredients.
Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market

The motto of Hy-Vee is &ldquoa helpful smile in every aisle,&rdquo so shoppers at this employee-owned supermarket can expect friendly service at each location. You&rsquoll find more than 240 Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

Around 80 percent of the products on the shelves at Europe-based Lidl are private label, which means shoppers are always finding new favorites from around the world. You&rsquoll find more than 3,500 products at any given time, including in-store baked goods, fresh flowers and a sizable wine selection.
Photo courtesy of Lidl


The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 159 locations in 22 states with a focus on fresh produce and private label ingredients.
Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market

The motto of Hy-Vee is &ldquoa helpful smile in every aisle,&rdquo so shoppers at this employee-owned supermarket can expect friendly service at each location. You&rsquoll find more than 240 Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

Around 80 percent of the products on the shelves at Europe-based Lidl are private label, which means shoppers are always finding new favorites from around the world. You&rsquoll find more than 3,500 products at any given time, including in-store baked goods, fresh flowers and a sizable wine selection.
Photo courtesy of Lidl


The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 159 locations in 22 states with a focus on fresh produce and private label ingredients.
Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market

The motto of Hy-Vee is &ldquoa helpful smile in every aisle,&rdquo so shoppers at this employee-owned supermarket can expect friendly service at each location. You&rsquoll find more than 240 Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

Around 80 percent of the products on the shelves at Europe-based Lidl are private label, which means shoppers are always finding new favorites from around the world. You&rsquoll find more than 3,500 products at any given time, including in-store baked goods, fresh flowers and a sizable wine selection.
Photo courtesy of Lidl


The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 159 locations in 22 states with a focus on fresh produce and private label ingredients.
Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market

The motto of Hy-Vee is &ldquoa helpful smile in every aisle,&rdquo so shoppers at this employee-owned supermarket can expect friendly service at each location. You&rsquoll find more than 240 Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

Around 80 percent of the products on the shelves at Europe-based Lidl are private label, which means shoppers are always finding new favorites from around the world. You&rsquoll find more than 3,500 products at any given time, including in-store baked goods, fresh flowers and a sizable wine selection.
Photo courtesy of Lidl


The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 159 locations in 22 states with a focus on fresh produce and private label ingredients.
Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market

The motto of Hy-Vee is &ldquoa helpful smile in every aisle,&rdquo so shoppers at this employee-owned supermarket can expect friendly service at each location. You&rsquoll find more than 240 Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

Around 80 percent of the products on the shelves at Europe-based Lidl are private label, which means shoppers are always finding new favorites from around the world. You&rsquoll find more than 3,500 products at any given time, including in-store baked goods, fresh flowers and a sizable wine selection.
Photo courtesy of Lidl


The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 159 locations in 22 states with a focus on fresh produce and private label ingredients.
Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market

The motto of Hy-Vee is &ldquoa helpful smile in every aisle,&rdquo so shoppers at this employee-owned supermarket can expect friendly service at each location. You&rsquoll find more than 240 Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

Around 80 percent of the products on the shelves at Europe-based Lidl are private label, which means shoppers are always finding new favorites from around the world. You&rsquoll find more than 3,500 products at any given time, including in-store baked goods, fresh flowers and a sizable wine selection.
Photo courtesy of Lidl


The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 159 locations in 22 states with a focus on fresh produce and private label ingredients.
Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market

The motto of Hy-Vee is &ldquoa helpful smile in every aisle,&rdquo so shoppers at this employee-owned supermarket can expect friendly service at each location. You&rsquoll find more than 240 Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

Around 80 percent of the products on the shelves at Europe-based Lidl are private label, which means shoppers are always finding new favorites from around the world. You&rsquoll find more than 3,500 products at any given time, including in-store baked goods, fresh flowers and a sizable wine selection.
Photo courtesy of Lidl


The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 159 locations in 22 states with a focus on fresh produce and private label ingredients.
Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market

The motto of Hy-Vee is &ldquoa helpful smile in every aisle,&rdquo so shoppers at this employee-owned supermarket can expect friendly service at each location. You&rsquoll find more than 240 Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

Around 80 percent of the products on the shelves at Europe-based Lidl are private label, which means shoppers are always finding new favorites from around the world. You&rsquoll find more than 3,500 products at any given time, including in-store baked goods, fresh flowers and a sizable wine selection.
Photo courtesy of Lidl