Lewes Farmers Market Voted #2 in Nation

by Dave on September 1, 2010

The Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market reached the top 10 in overall votes while coming in second in their category in the America’s Farmland Trust “Best Farmers Markets in America” contest, which ended Tuesday night.

The Lewes Market received 2,387 votes, trailing only Falls Church, Virginia (2,462 votes) in the ‘medium market’ competition, which consisted of markets with 31 to 55 vendors. In 2009, Lewes finished fourth in the medium market competition.

Market officials and volunteers mounted an intense push during the last weeks of the contest, using Facebook, email and even face-to-face promotion at the market itself.

The Rehoboth Beach market came in 11th in the medium market category with 629 votes, after finishing 20th in 2009. The Georgetown and Bethany Beach markets also received votes.

Lewes came in sixth overall among markets across all categories. They were the 12th overall vote-getter in 2009.

According to the organization, the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest is a project of the American Farmland Trust. The contest is designed to raise national awareness about the importance of supporting fresh food from local farms and farmers. Market shoppers voted to support their favorite farmers market starting June 1 until midnight on August 31, 2010. People voted for as many participating farmers markets as they chose, but only for each market once.

The winners of each category earned the title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2010. The reward for the winning market in each category is a shipment of No Farms No Food® tote bags, along with other prizes including free printing services from igreenprint and free graphic design services from Virginia based design firm, SQN Communications. The categories were based on the number of vendors the farmers market has. The four categories were Boutique – 15 or fewer vendors, Small 16 – 30 vendors, Medium, 31 – 55 vendors, and Large, more than 56 vendors.

The contest was organized by the American Farmland Trust, which bills itself as “the leading national organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting healthy farming practices and supporting farms and farmers.”

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market is a producer-only market held each Saturday from May-October, usually on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society. It is one of the state’s highest-grossing farmers markets.

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