Fayetteville Farmers’ Market competes in nationwide contest

Fayetteville Farmers’ Market on the downtown square in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Get your voting fingers ready, Fayetteville. The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is a competing in the 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest, and needs our help to win.

The contest is a nationwide challenge to see which markets can rally the most support from their communities.

Voting began Wednesday and runs through midnight August 31 at farmland.org/vote.

Four winning markets—one large, one medium, one small, and one boutique—will receive the title of America’s Favorite Farmers Market for 2011. Winners will be featured on the leading food site Epicurious.com, and will be honored at local celebrations that include prizes.

“Casting a vote for The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is a fun and easy way to support to support our local farmers, the market, and our community,” said market manager Peggy Maringer in a news release.

The America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest is hosted by American Farmland Trust, a conservation organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices, and supporting a sustainable future for farms.

The contest a part of the organization’s No Farms No Food® campaign, which raises awareness of the dangers of farmland loss by making connections to food.

The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is located on the downtown square and is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays from April through the third weekend of November, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April through October.