AFT


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Jennifer Morrill, 202-378-1255
jmorrill@farmland.org  


COLLINGSWOOD FARMERS MARKET VOTED
AMERICA’S FAVORITE FARMERS MARKET

Collingswood, New Jersey― American Farmland Trust (AFT) along with hundreds of voters have just crowned the Collingswood Farmers Market as one of America’s three favorite farmers markets.  The award is the culmination of AFT’s summer long “America’s Favorite Farmers Markets” contest and represents the integral role that the Collingswood Farmers Market plays in its community and the avid support demonstrated by the dedicated customers it has generated through its 10 years of operations.

In its inaugural year, the AFT contest registered just shy of 30,000 votes in support of local farmers markets across the nation and featured 857 participating farmers markets.  The Davis Farmers Market registered 1,030 of these votes and swept the ‘Small’ category of markets featuring 30 or fewer vendors. Along with the Collingswood Farmers Market, Davis Farmers Market in California took home the large market prize and Williamsburg Farmers Market in Virginia, the medium. Each of the winning markets will receive a free No Farms No Food ® tote bag giveaway for their customers.  Farmers markets represent one of the great ways that consumers can support their local farmers, farmland, communities, and regional economy.

By partnering with farmers markets, American Farmland Trust is encouraging consumers to consider the importance of farmland and to support local farmers. Put succinctly, there is no local food without local farmland.

American Farmland Trust—along with many local and state governments, and non-profit groups, is working to make “growing local” a reality for farmers, ranchers and consumers. Healthy Farms, Healthy Food, and Healthy Communities: It’s what America needs!

Find out more about American Farmland Trust’s Growing Local Campaign:
www.farmland.org/local


American Farmland Trust is a national nonprofit organization working with communities and individuals to protect farmland, promote sound stewardship of that land and improve the economic vitality of agriculture. As the nation’s leading advocate for farm and ranch land conservation, AFT has ensured that millions of acres of American farm and ranch land stays bountiful and productive. With offices around the country, AFT’s headquarters are in Washington, DC. The phone number is 202-331-7300.