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McKinney Farmers Market Voted Best in Texas

farmers_marketAt midnight on Monday, Sept. 9, it became official…the Historic McKinney Farmers Market is the #1 Farmers Market in Texas. Voted #1 in Texas by 973 voters in American Farmland Trust’s “Love My Farmers Market Contest,”  the McKinney Market beat out the Lone Star Market in Bee Cave (near Austin) and the Collin County Farmers Market at Fairview Farms. The 973 votes also placed the Historic McKinney Farmers Market at #7 in the nation.
“All the credit goes to the wonderful vendors and volunteers that we have at the market,” Said Cindy Johnson, Executive Director of The Heritage Guild of Collin County and Farmers Market Manager, “Our visitors tell us we have the friendliest vendors and volunteers….and then, of course, there’s the fresh, local products and the wonderful setting.  It just all comes together into a unique and wonderful experience every Saturday morning.”
The 2013 contest, which began May 28, drew 25,000 votes from Farmers Market fans across the U.S.  Texas markets garnered 2,065 votes placing 4th in the U.S.   This is the 5th year for the contest and the third year that The Historic McKinney Farmers Market has participated.

Through the contest, American Farmland Trust hopes to reinforce the message that farmers markets provide the vital link between shoppers and the family farmers growing our food and as such highlight the importance of protecting farmland.

 “The I Love My Farmers Market Celebration is about celebrating the unique qualities of farmers markets throughout the nation and the important role that these markets play in keeping family farmers on the land,” said American Farmland Trust Vice President of External Affairs, Susan Sink.

I Love My Farmers Market Celebration is part of the American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food® Campaign. Nationwide, the food and farming system contributes nearly $1 trillion dollars to our national economy. According to the most recent National Resources Inventory, we have been losing nearly one million acres of farmland every year. For all of these reasons and more, conserving and protecting farmland for future generations is something we can all celebrate.

To celebrate the #1 spot in Texas, The Historic McKinney Farmers Market will be hosting a “Taste of the Farmers Market” event at the September 21, 2013 Farmers Market at Chestnut Square. The event will offer tastings of 10 recipes from the McKinney Farmers Market Cookbook, “Local Flavors” made with ingredients from the farmers at the market.  The event will be held in the pergola by Dixie’s Store. Tasting tickets are $5 at the market.  The tasting begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until the last drop of all recipes are tasted.  “Local Flavors” cookbooks will also be available for purchase at a discounted price for ticket holders.

“We wanted a way to say thank-you to all of our customers that made us #1 in Texas….and what better way than sharing food and local recipes?”  Said Johnson. “The recipes were selected by our volunteers, submitted by our farmers and made with ingredients from the market.  How much more authentic can you get?”

Tasting tickets are only available at the market on September 21, first come, first served.  For more information about the event, the Farmers Market or the Local Flavors cookbook, please emailinfo@chestnutsquare.org or call 972-562-8790.

Submitted by Cindy Johnson

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