Vote Big Apple in fruits, veggies contest
It's National Farmers Market Week, so head out (or rather, online) and show your support for your favorite local market.
The American Farmland Trust launched an online contest to figure out which farmers markets are top of the pops.
Market fans have until Labor Day (Sept. 3) to cast their vote, and NYC markets are desperately lagging behind.
At press time, no New York markets made it into the top 20 yet.
"I've been shopping here pretty much weekly since it opened," said Hope Carr, a New Yorker who cast her vote for the Union Square Greenmarket. "This is business at its best, it benefits everyone: farmers, homemakers, and related businesses.
Union Square's success has created spin-off farmers markets in other parts of Manhattan, so that now a NYC resident has access to locally grown, fresh food any day of the week!"
The number of farmers markets exploded both within the city and nationally in recent years.
New York City's Greenmarket program, which began with just 12 farmers on 59th Street and Second Avenue in 1976, now boasts more than 54 markets.
Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the number of farmers markets across the country increased by 9.6% in just the past year, with New York and California leading the pack.
"The continued growth in farmers markets is terrific for family farmers and everyone who enjoys buying fresh, locally-grown food," said American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl.