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Auburn named among top 20 Favorite Farmers Markets in America

The Auburn International Farmers Market recently was voted as one of the top 20 leading farmers markets throughout the nation, and will vie for the title of America's Favorite Farmers Market in the medium-sized market category.

In this year's contest, more than 90,000 farmers market shoppers voted for more than 1,700 participating farmers markets in American Farmland Trust's third annual contest.

The Auburn Market, Auburn Station Plaza, 23 A St. SW, officially closed for the season on Sunday.

AIFM received 524 votes from supportive shoppers.

"Not just a farmers market, but an event. Great produce, crafts, music and best of all, good, fun people," said one voter. "What a clean market and the beautiful setting, blooming flowers and wide-open air."

According to the recent release of the updated U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s farmers market directory, the number of farmers markets across the nation increased by 17 percent between 2010 and 2011. Support for farmers markets helps to provide income opportunities for farmers. The rising interest for local food from nearby farms highlights the value of protecting farmland to meet demand.

The America's Favorite Farmers Markets contest is a part of American Farmland Trust's No Farms No Food® campaign, which raises awareness of the dangers of farmland loss by making connections to food. Farms near metropolitan areas produce 91 percent of the nation's market value of fruit, 78 percent of vegetables, and 67 percent of dairy products.

To view the top 20 leader-boards or to vote in the America's Favorite Farmers Markets contest, visit www.farmland.org/vote.

For more information, visit www.auburnfarmersmarket.org.

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