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Farmers’ Market is in America’s top 10

The Flint Farmers' Market is proud to announce it has been voted one of the Top 10 Favorite Farmers' Markets in the 2010 American Farmland Trust's (AFT) America's Favorite Farmers' Market online contest. Market shoppers were able to cast their vote to support their region's farmers, community and market.

The voting was open to the public and closed at midnight Aug. 31. The online contest is an annual nationwide challenge to encourage America's farmers' markets to rally support from their communities. Winners were chosen in large, medium, small and boutique-sized farmers' market categories.

The Flint Farmers' Market was one of the top 10 markets in the large market category. The Flint Farmers' Market was also among the top five markets in Michigan with Detroit's Eastern Market, Leelanau Farmers' Market, Holland Farmers' Market and Fulton Street Market in Grand Rapids.

"Thank you to everyone who supported our Flint market during this contest and during the summer. We congratulate the other Michigan markets which have their own loyal supporters. All of us together pledge to continue to improve, so that farmers, small businesses, and our customers view our markets as vital centers of our respective communities," said Market Manager Dick Ramsdell.

Farmers' markets are a vital link between local farms and their supporting communities, providing fresh and healthy food and an experience that cannot be matched anywhere else. By partnering with farmers' market managers, American Farmland Trust encourages consumers to consider the importance of farmland and to support local farmers. The 2007 U.S. agricultural census reports a 49 percent growth in sales from farms directly to consumers since 2002 representing $1.2 billon that stayed in local communities. But at the same time, over 800,000 acres of farmland are developed each year — most around cities where there is the greatest demand for local food.

"We need to make the connection — there's no local food without local farms and farmland," says Julia Freedgood, managing director for American Farmland Trust's Growing Local Initiative.

About American Farmland Trust

American Farmland Trust is a national nonprofit organization working with farmers and ranchers to protect the land, produce a healthier environment, and build successful communities. As the nation's leading advocate for farm and ranch land conservation, AFT has ensured that more than three million acres of land stay bountiful and productive. AFT's national office is in Washington, D.C.

Visit www.farmland.org or call (202) 331-7300 for more information.

(Note: This report is provided as a service to our readers and a service to the group or individual mentioned in the release. Usually, only minor editing is done. The group or individual is responsible for all information provided.)

 

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