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Alpharetta Farmers Market is running for national recognition, voting underway

Alpharetta, Georgia – Alpharetta Farmers Market needs our help to become one of the top five farmers markets in the nation!

Right now, the Alpharetta Farmers Market is a contender in the 16th Annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration hosted by American Farmland Trust. In this year’s competition, a total of $15,000 will be distributed as prizes among the top five markets across the country—$5,000 for the winner, $2,500 for second place, $1,500 for third, $750 for fourth, and $250 for fifth. Additionally, a $100 prize will be given to the top market in each state. These state winners will then compete for the national title and additional monetary rewards. The funds received by the markets are intended to be used for marketing and communication efforts that will broaden their influence and effectiveness.

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Public votes decide the winners, so the success of the Alpharetta Farmers Market relies on the support of local residents. You can vote for the market by visiting this link from June 1 to July 31, 2024.

American Farmland Trust, the nonprofit behind this celebration, has been committed for 16 years to preserve farm lands, support sustainable farming, and ensure farmers can continue working their land. They emphasize the crucial role of farmers markets in delivering fresh, local produce to communities, connecting consumers directly with growers, and fostering economic growth within local food economies.

“In many regions, farmers markets have been vital to keeping existing farms in business, enabling new farms to get started, and creating jobs and opportunity in these communities,” said John Piotti, American Farmland Trust president and CEO. “At AFT, we believe that every farmers market in America is special in its own way, helping to connect farmers to customers, customers to healthy food, and the community to the local food system.”

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For more information and to participate, head to markets.farmland.org. The event takes place over the summer and wraps up at 5 p.m. ET on July 31, 2024.

Leander Thorne

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