Get ready Chewelah, the Chewelah Farmers Market is one of the contestants in the 2012 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets
contest hosted each year by American Farmland Trust. Last year in the America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest, the
Chewelah Farmers Market garnered enough support and votes cast by the community to place it in the
Top 5 in Washington State (1st place for the small market category) and in the Top 20 nationwide.
American Farmland Trust (AFT) has opened the voting to select “America’s Favorite Farmers Markets” at
www.farmland.org/vote or www.chewelahfarmersmarket.com. The online contest is a nationwide challenge
to see which of America’s farmers markets can rally the most support from their communities. At the end of the
contest on September 3rd, one large, medium, mid-size and small sized farmers market will win the title of
“America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2012. Winners will be nationally recognized and receive various items
to help promote their farmers market.
Farmers markets are a vital link between local farms and their supporting communities, providing fresh and
healthy food and an experience that cannot be matched anywhere else. By partnering with farmers market managers,
American Farmland Trust is encouraging consumers to consider the importance of farmland and to support local farmers.
Market shoppers can cast their vote in support of their region’s farmers, community and market. To vote for the
Chewelah Farmers Market, simply go to www.farmland.org/vote or www.chewelahfarmersmarket.com.
“The America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest is a fun and engaging way for farmers market shoppers to
show their pride for their local farmers markets and to directly support their communities,” said Jon Scholl, president
of American Farmland Trust. “Farmers markets provide a vital connection from town and city centers to surrounding
local farms, supplying fresh and healthy food and an experience that cannot be matched anywhere else.”
The America’s Favorite Farmers Contest is a part of American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food® campaign,
which raises awareness of the dangers of farmland loss by making connections to food. Farms near metropolitan
areas produce 91 percent of the nation’s market value of fruit, 78 percent of vegetables, and 67 percent of dairy products.
The all-volunteer-run Chewelah Farmers Market is now in its 5th year. Selected as the Best Small Farmers Market
for 2010 & 2011 by the Washington State Farmers Market Association, the market is open every Friday through
October 19th, rain or shine, in the beautiful Chewelah City Park from 11:30 to 5:30. For more information,
please visit www.chewelahfarmersmarket.com.