Support your Favorite Farmers Market This Summer by Voting in American Farmland Trust’s Farmers Market Celebration
For over a decade, American Farmland Trust’s Farmers Market Celebration has highlighted the important role farmers markets play in communities across the nation. Long pillars of local food in urban centers and town squares, in the age of coronavirus, farmers markets have gained the recognition they deserve as essential businesses ensuring farmers have a venue to sell their goods and families have a place to access fresh, healthy food.
In 2020 it has become clear: America’s farmers markets are more important than ever.
This year, AFT’s 12th annual Farmers Market Celebration is making it easier than ever for shoppers to support their favorite market and help them earn national recognition, including a brand-new cash prize for the top markets. Visit the Celebration’s webpage through September 20, 2020, to endorse your favorite market.
Most importantly, get out and support your local farmers market this summer if you’re able to. But please do so with patience and respect for vendors and fellow customers in this time of social distancing. Market managers around the country are working hard every day to make sure that markets can continue operating safely. This may mean markets look a little different this summer and that you’ll need to follow new rules and protocols. Just remember, everyone is doing their best.
Market managers can register their market for the celebration by following the instructions to “update your farmers market listing” from the Farmers Market Celebration resources page.
American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms, No Food message. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres and supported thousands of farm families.