Top three markets in each state and Top 100 Most Celebrated Markets for 2013 finalized in the American Farmland Trust’s I Love My Farmers Market Celebration
Washington, DC, September 11, 2013 — After more than three months, the 2013 I Love My Farmers Market Celebration ended on September 9th. The final list of the top most celebrated markets can be viewed at www.lovemyfarmersmarket.org.
The I Love My Farmers Market Celebration encouraged consumers to pledge to spend $10 at their local farmers market. A total of $259,690 was pledged to be spent at farmers’ markets this season, therefore putting more than a quarter million dollars directly into the pockets of family farmers.
For every $10 spent on local food, as much as $7.80 is re-spent in the local community, supporting local jobs and businesses. Also, the farmer takes home almost $8-9 instead of the $1.58 that farmers and ranchers receive when food is purchased through a retail market. (See www.farmland.org/
As Susan Sink, Vice President of Development and External Affairs at American Farmland Trust, shares, “Farmers and ranchers are the cornerstone of our country. Yet their lands are under constant threat from development and unchecked urbanization. This is why we created the I Love My Farmers Market Celebration — to showcase the role that farmers markets play in keeping family farmers on their land. Pledging to spend $10 at your local farmers market shows your support for the farmers and ranchers who support you.”
I Love My Farmers Market Celebration is part of American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food® Campaign. The celebration marks the fifth year that American Farmland Trust has hosted a summer-long event to honor our nation’s hardworking family farmers and to raise the national awareness about our bountiful farmers markets.
American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. Since its founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect more than 5 million of acres of farmland.
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