WASHINGTON — The American Farmland Trust, the organization behind the national movement “No Farms No Food,” has announced the award winners of its 2018 Farmers Market Celebration — markets around the country that have made a significant impact in their communities. Markets were evaluated in four categories — Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community and Champion for the Environment. After months of participation and voting from across the nation, the results are finally in.
First place, The 2018 People’s Choice Award, goes to, The Winter Garden Farmers Market, Winter Garden, Fla.
Runners up are as follows:
2. Swarthmore Farmers Market, Swarthmore, Pa.
3. Charlottesville City Market, Charlottesville, Va.
4. Clarksville Downtown Farmers Market, Clarksville, Tenn.
5. Williamsburg Farmers Market, Williamsburg, Va.
Supporting local farmers markets is more than just a way to nourish ourselves, it’s a way to keep small farms viable. The beneficial relationship between eater and farmer is what AFT hopes to encourage and cultivate each summer and throughout the year as a part of the Farmers Market Celebration-showcasing and celebrating the markets that make communities proud. There are thousands of registered markets that participated and everyone put in a huge effort — please visit markets.farmland.org.
— American Farmland Trust