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Friday, June 5, 2009

Help the Bay Area Represent in National Farmers' Market Contest

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 9:55 AM

click to enlarge The Alemany Saturday market: Rock the vote - B. GOHACKI VIA FLICKR
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  • The Alemany Saturday market: Rock the vote
Do you schedule your Saturdays around your weekly walk-through of the Alemany farmers' market? Feeling territorial about Heart of the City? Cast your vote for them in a contest sponsored by American Farmland Trust (AFT) to select the best small, medium, and large markets in the U.S.

We understand if you're cynical, preferring not to take part in America's current national pastime, i.e., competition for its own sake. The farmers' market contest is a different animal entirely, more 4-H camp than Make Me a Supermodel, since it's mostly about bragging rights. The spoils are merely a buttload of No Farms No Food tote bags.

AFT's hope is to promote connections between food and farmers, something even we of the Bay Area's bountiful harvests could use more of. It also promotes AFT's Growing Local initiative, which encourages the protection of farmland and the development of local food systems, especially around cities where demand for local food is greatest. Now that's something even cynical local foodies can get passionate about.

Vote at AFT's Web site. Polls are open until August 8.

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