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Does Roswell Have the Best Farmers Market in America?

Riverside Farmers Market is eligible in the American Farmland Trust’s 4th annual America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest, open to voting now.

For many Americans, the start of summer means a visit to the farmers market.

And this year, farmers market shoppers can vote for their favorite local markets online during American Farmland Trust’s 4th annual America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest, which began Friday, June 22.

The summer long competition aims to see which farmers markets can generate the most votes from their customers. The goal of the contest is to promote the role that farmers markets play in keeping family farmers on the land.

"Shopping at farmers markets is one my favorite parts of the summer," said American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl. "In addition to the freshest local foods, farmers markets offer a great way for consumers to get to know the farmers who grow their food."

The 2012 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest has been expanded to include all 7,175 markets that are listed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Directory - that includes Riverside Farmers Market at . 

As part of the contest, a $1,000 Farmers Market Inspiration Award, sponsored by the Farmers Market Coalition, will be presented to a farmer showing the greatest dedication to his/her market.

"American Farmland Trust is delivering an extremely valuable service by going above and beyond to educate the public about the value and importance of preserving farmland," said Howard Herman, manager of the Falls Church Farmers Market.

According to the contest rules, people can vote for as many participating farmers markets as they choose, but can only vote for each market once.  Voting runs through midnight on Monday, September 3, when one small, one medium, one mid-size and one large market will win the title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2012. The winning markets will be featured in the media and will be honored at local celebrations organized by American Farmland Trust.

For more information about the 2012 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest or to vote, visit www.votemyfarmersmarket.org.

tdmmom June 23, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Yum! I was just there again this morning, and I love the variety...from the baked goods to grass fed beef, veggies, honey, etc.
Christine Foster June 23, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I meant to get over there earlier this morning, but just haven't had time! It is a great market!
Robin Crawford June 24, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Fantastic variety. Shop there every weekend. Local growers, very friendly and even gets new recipes to try.
janet h russell June 25, 2012 at 01:38 PM
The Roswell farmers' market is truly a market - not a festival. I have made friends among the farmers and look forward to each Saturday morning (early) to arriving with my basket and make my purchases. Then it is fun to return home to create menus using what I found - fresh and locally sourced- at the market.
Amanda Hayes July 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
What time does it open?
Christine Foster July 09, 2012 at 09:04 PM
It's open from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays at Roswell City Hall through September 15, 2012.

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