The following entreaty comes courtesy of the good folks from the American Farmland Trust. According to their data, this country “lost 4,080,300 acres of agricultural land” from 2002 to 2007. The AFT’s hope is that promoting great local farmers markets will increase the national awareness of the need for farmland protection.
It’s summertime and that means two things: 1) There are loads of delicious farm fresh produce available at your local farmers market every week; and 2) American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest has kicked into gear and we need your votes to win!
The process is simple. To vote for our market, all you have to do is:
1.) Go to www.farmland.org/vote
2.) Type in your farmer’s market name; and,
3.) Click “Vote”
That’s it. That’s all it takes to bring a great outfit, such as the Athens Farmers Market in Athens, Georgia, one step closer to being America’s favorite farmers market!
According to the American Farmland Trust (AFT), the purpose of this contest is to re-connect local consumers to local farms, with the ultimate goal of keeping our nation’s farm and ranch land productive and healthy! Buying at the farmers market keeps money in the local community and helps farms and ranches remain economically viable. By voting, you’re helping support farms and communities across the nation. As American Farmland Trust says, “No Farms No Food™!”
So don’t forget to vote for at www.farmland.org/vote and spread the word! Big thanks to everyone who has already voted!