We Northern Californians love our farmers markets, and why not? We lead the country in our devotion to locavorism and the farm-to-table movement, largely because we have such ready access to fresh produce and artisanal products, especially at farmers markets.
Now's your chance to show some loyalty to the farmers market(s) where you regularly shop (if they're registered for eligibility). The America's Favorite Farmers Markets national contest is open to take your online votes at www.farmland.org/vote, through Aug. 31.
The rules state that voters can nominate as many "participating farmers markets as they choose, but can vote only once for each market." The categories are arranged by size - small, medium, large and "boutique-size." Farmers markets that have not yet enrolled for eligibility (it's free) can do so at www.farmland.org/marketmanager.
One winning market in each category will receive prize packages and local celebrations, and be featured on the food-oriented website www.epicurious.com.
The contest is sponsored by American Farmland Trust, a "conservation organization dedicated to saving America's farm and ranch lands."
"Farmers markets offer a great way for consumers to support local farms and farmers," said American Farmland Trust president Jon Scholl. "The markets provide access to fresh, seasonal foods and help strengthen our ties to the land where our food is grown and the people who grow it."
For more information: (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org.