Is the Sonoma Farmers Market the Best in the Country?

No Farmers Market Tuesday the 3rd, but you can still vote in nationwide contest to pick the best of the best


The may only have just begun, but already it's garnering plenty of local attention. Now the market has an opportunity to get a little national attention.

But first, this local note: The Farmers Market will NOT be held on Tuesday, July 3, to allow the city time to prepare for the following morning's

Now back to our regular coverage: A new 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.

Follow this direct link to the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market, fill in the form and vote.

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.

Vote for Sonoma Market here, be sure to select the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market

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, Sonoma? Should cities nationwide bow to our farmers market's excellence, or what? Click here to vote, and share your thoughts in the comments.

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