While they’ve long been pillars of local food in urban centers and town squares and even on local farms, in recent years, farmers markets have gained the national recognition they deserve as essential businesses that enable farmers and communities to thrive. This year, the BTLT Saturday Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm is once again participating in the America’s Farmers Market Celebration (AFMC), the only annual ranking of the top farmers markets in the United States as voted on by the public. After taking home the title of Best Farmers Market in Maine in 2022, we are hoping to win this title again this year and maybe even have a shot at being voted the best in the nation!
A collaboration between the American Farmland Trust and the Farmers Market Coalition, since 2008, AFMC has highlighted the important role farmers markets play in communities across the nation while celebrating the farmers, staff, and volunteers that make markets happen. The 15th annual AFMC, set to run between June 19th and September 18th, on markets.farmland.org, is a fun competition that can help our market earn national recognition and local prestige! With votes from supporters like you, we’re hoping to take home part of the $15,000 prize pool. This money would help us continue to expand programming at the Market, like our
kid’s POP Club program, providing youth at the Market with vouchers to spend on fruits and veggies, encouraging exploration of foods and healthy eating, early engagement in local food systems and agriculture, and providing more income to local producers!
If you have been to the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm, then you already know that our diversity of vendors, activities for kids, food access programs, live music, commitment to conserving agricultural land, and community feeling make us one of the best Markets in the region. We think we might be the best in the state, or even the country! To vote for the BTLT Farmers’ Market, visit the AFMC website today! And tell your friends, family, and neighbors to vote for us too!