The American Farmland Trust says two farmers’ markets in Virginia are among top five in the country, including Williamsburg Farmers Market & Charlottesville’s City Market.
AFT is the organization behind the national “No Farms No Food” movement and it is celebrating markets from across the United States that have made significant impacts on their communities.
It’s part of the Farmers Market Celebration, which culminates a summer-long effort to promote the importance of family farms and farmers’ markets.
Markets were evaluated in four categories: Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community, and Champion for the Environment. There is also the People’s Choice selection.
The Winter Garden, Florida Farmers Market came in at number one, followed by markets in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Charlottesville; Clarksville, Tennessee; and Williamsburg, Virginia.
AFT says supporting local farmers and farmers’ markets creates a beneficial relationship between eaters and farmers and keeps farms viable.
Thousands of registered markets participate in the Farmers Market Celebration, which showcases and celebrates markets that make their communities proud.
The full contest results are available online at markets.farmland.org, while information on Virginia farmers markets is available at VirginiaGrown.com.