In recognition of National Farmers Market Week, American Farmland Trust launched an online leader board revealing the top 20 farmers markets that are leading the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest.
The Snellville Farmers' Market is #1 in Georgia, according to the American Farmland Trust. Additionally, it was ranked as #2 in the nation, beating out cities like Charlotte, North Carolina, Williamsburg, Virginia and New Haven, Connecticut.
The market was placed in the medium-sized category, meaning it has between 31-55 vendors.
American Farmland Trust is dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, according to their website. Their purpose is to "raise national awareness about local farmers markets, the role they play in supporting local farms, and the importance of protecting American farmland."
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farmers markets listed in its National Farmers Market Directory has increased by 9.6 percent over the past year, from 7,175 markets in 2011 to 7,864 in 2012.
“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 in a press release.
“Farmers markets connect people who enjoy fresh, seasonal produce with the farmers who grow it,” Scholl continued. “America has been losing more than an acre of farm and ranch land every minute to development. Farmers markets play a critical role by helping to keep family farmers in business and keep farmland in agricultural production.”
For more information about the Snellville Farmers' Market, visit their website.