Farmers markets in New Jersey, Virginia and California have been named the top farmers markets in the country in an online poll.
Almost 30,000 people voted in a contest sponsored by Washington, D.C.-based American Farmland Trust, a leading advocate for farmland conservation, according to a news release.
Winners were chosen in three categories. The small market (1-30 vendors) winner was the Collingswood Farmers Market in Collingswood, N.J. The Williamsburg, Va.-based Williamsburg Farmers Market won in the medium-market category (31-55 vendors). The large-market winner (56 or more vendors) was Davis Farmers Market in Davis, Calif.
The winners will receive shipments of “No Farms No Food” recyclable tote bags to give to customers.
For a list of the top 20 vote-getters in each category, visit www.farmland.org.
American Farmland Trust created the contest to promote the economic and social value of farmers markets and to bring attention to the importance local farms and ranches play in food production, Jane Kirchner, the organization’s senior marketing director, said.
“It’s been great fun to watch this promotion unfold,” she said in the release. “We hope that all of the markets have seen increased interest in and visitors to their markets as a result of the promotion.”