14th America’s Farmers Market Celebration has $10,000 in prizes

America’s Farmers Market Celebration – the only annual ranking of the best farmers’ markets in the United States as voted on by the public – kicked off this week for its 14th year. This event highlights the important role farmers’ markets play in communities across the country while celebrating the farmers, staff and volunteers who make the markets possible. While they have long served as mainstays of local food in urban centers and public squares, in recent years farmers’ markets have gained the national recognition they deserve as essential businesses that enable farmers and communities to thrive.

Organized by American Farmland Trust and the Farmers Market Coalition, the American Farmers Market Celebration will run from June 20 to September 19, 2022 on this AFT page. The summer event is a fun competition that helps farmers’ markets across the country earn national recognition and local prestige. Marketplaces can join in the celebration and encourage their customers to vote, a great marketing tool and a path to winning a portion of the $10,000 prize pool.

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In 2022, AFT increased the total cash prizes to $10,000 and expanded the rewards to cover the top five markets nationwide (compared to the top three in previous years). The prize money breakdown is as follows: $5,000 for first, $2,500 for second, $1,500 for third, $750 for fourth and $250 for fifth. In addition to prize money, top markets also receive national and local media coverage, free American Farmland Trust and Farmers Market Coalition memberships, I Love My Farmers Market stickers, No Farms No Food gear, a free one-year subscription to Farmers Market Metrics, and other surprises!

The celebration also identifies major markets in each state as well as the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Pacific regions.

“We believe that every farmers market in America is special in its own way. Big or small, in cities or rural towns, farmers markets feed their communities while helping local farmers, food makers and artisans thrive,” said Greg Plotkin, director of digital communications at the AFT. “While the AFMC ranks America’s favorite markets, our intent is to reinforce the vital role that agricultural markets play across the country.”

AFMC’s database and interactive map at markets.farmland.org is one of the largest listings of farmers’ markets in the United States, containing over 7,000 entries. Help us ensure that our information is as up-to-date as possible. If you see a market listed that is no longer active, please email AFT at [email protected] and request that it be removed.

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