The top 5 Michigan farmers markets leading the way in America's Favorite Farmers Markets include City of Rockford Farmers Market, currently ranked first with 529 votes. It is followed by Fulton Street Farmers Market with 105 votes, Manistique Farmer Market with 93 and Downtown Rochester Farmers Market and Eastern Market Corporation with 70 and 64 respectively.
The contest is sponsored by American Farmland Trust and you can access state-by-state standings at www.farmland.org/vote.
The contest began June 1 and runs throughout the summer. On August 31, four winning markets from across the nation—one large, one medium, one small, and one boutique—will receive the title of America's Favorite Farmers Market for 2011. For the first time this year, the market in each state with the most votes will also receive a prize. The America's Favorite Farmers Markets contest is designed to help shoppers make the connection between fresh local foods and the local farms and farmland that supply them.
"Michigan has been losing farmland to sprawling development every day," says American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl. "There would be no local food without local farms and farmland. People can make a real difference in the economic health of their communities by shopping at farmers markets, participating in CSAs, and buying direct from the farm."
"This is one of the most exciting moments in the contest," Scholl adds. "It's fun to find out which markets are leading in each state. However, as we've seen in previous years, anything can happen between now and August 31 when the on-line voting closes."
According to contest rules, farmers market customers can vote for as many participating farmers markets as they choose, but they can only vote for each market once.
For more information about the America's Favorite Farmers Markets contest or to vote, visit www.farmland.org/vote.