Regional
5:36 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Las Cruces Farmers Market Voted Tops In The Nation

Las Cruces – The voting is over, and the results are in: Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market was voted the number one large market in the country on the website farmland.org.

According to their website, the American Farmland Trust holds the annual "America's Favorite Farmers Market" contest in order to raise awareness about the importance of buying fresh food from your local farmers. Voting took place from June 1 - Aug. 31, and each person could only vote once.

Many vendors worked tirelessly, collecting emails at the market, and people were continuously reminding their friends to vote through Facebook and Twitter.

The contest had four categories to choose from based on the amount of vendors at each market. The Boutique, for markets containing less than 15, the Small, for markets with 16-30, the Medium, for markets between 31-55, and the Large category for markets with 56 or more vendors. Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market was voted number one in the Large market category.

The Farmers and Crafts Market will be awarded a feature story on epicurious.com, a national press release, a banner to hang at the market, and totebags as well as other prizes.

Las Cruces had 5,025 votes to take the number one spot. Coming in second was the New Braunfels Farm to Market in New Braunfels, Texas, with 4,220 votes. The Snellville Farmers Market in Snellville, Ga., was third with 2,619 votes.

The Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday on Main Street in downtown Las Cruces. The hours are: March - Oct. from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Nov. - Feb. from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for more information, contact fcmarket@las-cruces.org, or go to www.LasCrucesFarmersMarket.org.