Vote for Your Favorite Farmers Market
- on August 6, 2012
Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market and the Downtown Lawrence Farmers Markets are both contestants in the 2012 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest hosted each year by American Farmland Trust. Vote for your favorite market at www.farmland.org/vote.
Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market is a year round market held in the back parking lot of Cottin’s Hardware & Rental, 1832 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS, Thursdays, from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm, May – October. Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market outdoors hosts 20+ vendors weekly, including one hot food vendor, Free State Brewing Company beer, love music and public chess boards. November – April the market moves inside Cottin’s Hardware & Rental and hosts 4 – 8 vendors each Thursday from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
The Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market has been a tradition in Lawrence for over 30 years. The Saturday market is located in the public parking lot between 8th and 9th Streets and New Hampshire and Rhode Island Streets in Lawrence, Kansas mid-April through November from 7:00 am – 11:00 am. The market hosts 95 vendors, live music, hot food and informational booths. The Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market also hosts a Tuesday market at 1020 Vermont and a Thursday market at 1121 Wakarusa Drive adjacent to Emprise Bank in Lawrence, Kansas. Both weekday markets run from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
American Farmland Trust (AFT) has opened the voting to select “America’s Favorite Farmers Markets” at www.farmland.org/vote. The online contest is a nationwide challenge to see which of America’s farmers markets can rally the most support from their communities. At the end of the contest on August 31st, one large, medium, small, and boutique sized farmers market will win the title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2011. Winners will be featured on Epicurious.com, the most award-winning foodsite, and will be honored at local celebrations where they will receive prize packages from American Farmland Trust and its partners.
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 is encouraging consumers to consider the importance of farmland and to support local farmers. Market shoppers can cast their vote in support of their region’s farmers, community and market. To vote for your favorite market go to www.farmland.org/vote.
“The America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest is a fun and engaging way for farmers market shoppers to show their pride for their local farmers markets and to directly support their communities,” said Jon Scholl, president of American Farmland Trust. “Farmers markets provide a vital connection from town and city centers to surrounding local farms, supplying fresh and healthy food and an experience that cannot be matched anywhere else.”
The America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest is a part of American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food® campaign, which raises awareness of the dangers of farmland loss by making connections to food. Farms near metropolitan areas produce 91 percent of the nation’s market value of fruit, 78 percent of vegetables, and 67 percent of dairy products.
American Farmland Trust is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and supporting a sustainable future for farms. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save more than 3 million of acres of farmland and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.
AFT’s national office is located in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-331-7300. For more information, visit www.farmland.org.