Summer is in full swing and locals are enjoying the fresh fruit and vegetables sold at the Fairfax Farmers' Market. But is it the best market in the nation?
A national contest is underway now, and the winner will be determined by voters.
American Farmland Trust, a non-profit group focused on conserving agricultural land, is running its fourth annual America's Favorite Farmers Markets contest this summer.
The contest asks shoppers to vote for the farmers market they like best from a list of more than 7,000 provided by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
The description for the Fairfax market says "What the Fairfax Farmers Market lacks in size it makes up for in charm." Do you agree?
Other Marin markets, including San Rafael's Civic Center and Fourth Street Farmers Markets, are on the list. But San Anselmo's didn't appear to have made the cut.
Voting ends at midnight on Sept. 3 and winners will be chosen in each of four categories: small, medium, mid-size and large. American Farmland Trust will throw a party for each of the winning markets.
There's also an essay contest in which farmers can write about why participating in markets is important to them, for a chance to win $1,000.
So how about it? Should cities nationwide bow to our farmers market excellence, or what? Click here to vote, and share your thoughts in the comments.
What’s your favorite thing about the Fairfax Farmers Market?