Fayetteville Farmers Market to be honored as America’s Favorite on Saturday

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Back in September, the people of America chose the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market as their favorite market. Now it’s time to celebrate.

An award presentation is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. on the Fayetteville square to honor the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market, the leading vote getter in the large market category of the recent online voting contest sponsored by American Farmland Trust.

During the event, a representative from American Farmland Trust will present a plaque to the Fayetteville market recognizing “the integral role that the market plays in its community” and “the avid support of its customers.”

Other speakers at the award presentation include Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Dr. Curt Rome and Professor Marcella Thompson from the University of Arkansas, Jim Lukens of Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, and Zachary Taylor from the Arkansas State Agriculture Department.

To win the award, the Fayetteville market raked in 1,439 votes, nearly 70 percent more than last year’s winner, Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market in Las Cruces, N.M., and almost twice as many as St. Paul Farmers Market, who came in third place this year.

As a result of the honor, the market will also receive a promotional package that includes national press, postcards, totebags, flyers and more.