The Historic McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square was recently voted number 5 of 20 leading farmers markets across the nation vying for the title of America’s Favorite Farmers Market in the small market category. The McKinney market was voted #2 overall in Texas. 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 Historic McKinney Farmesr Market at Chestnut Square is open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The weekly market operations from March through October. During November, December, January and February the market is open the third Saturday of the month.
The Historic McKinney Farmers Market received over 700 votes from supportive shoppers. Here is what one voter for the McKinney market had to say about why it should be named one of America’s Favorite Farmers Markets:
“Charming, quaint and delicious! The McKinney Farmers Market is a perfect addition to all of the wonderful amenities offered throughout Historic Downtown McKinney.
“First of all, wonderful food grown by our farmer neighbors. Then there is the wonderful location, a historical park only a few blocks from the historical downtown McKinney square. Nestled beneath big shade trees surrounded by buildings from McKinney’s past. What more could you want!!”
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.