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Votes for Main Street Farmers’ Market in online contest triple in less than a week

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The love just keeps coming for the Main Street Farmers’ Market. Less than a week after a Myssnews.com and  News-Telegram article urged people to vote for the Main Street Farmers’ Market in an online contest that pays the winner $5,000, the votes for Sulphur Springs have more than tripled.

In fact, the local market has the eighth-highest number of votes among all the markets in Texas listed on the website. (There are 114 markets in the state listed, with many cities having more than one farmers’ market.)

The “Love Your Farmers Market” contest could pay off handsomely for the city-run Saturday market — the grand prize is $5,000. The competition is also giving people a chance to say how much they enjoy the new market held in Sulphur Springs every Saturday.

LocalHarvest and Care2, two websites devoted to the fresh food movement, are co-sponsoring the contest. Hundreds of farmer’s markets across the U.S. are listed, but obviously, the local folks would prefer you vote for our local market.

People age 18 or over with Internet access can vote in the contest, which began June 19 and ends Sept. 17, by visiting www.care2.com/farmersmarket and clicking on “Find Your Market.” (Or just click on this link to go directly to the Sulphur Springs page.)

Thanks to the extra votes, Sulphur Springs remained the top farmers’ market in Northeast Texas and one of among the tops in the entire state.

At noon on Saturday, July 25, Main Street Farmers’ Market had 28 votes. At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, the number had climbed to 83 votes. By the end of the day it was up to 87, and Sulphur Springs had the eighth most votes in all of Texas

If the local venue were to receive 16 more votes quickly, it would put Sulphur Springs in seventh place and move into the top 100 in the nation.

The praise for the city’s weekend event left by voters at the site also continued to be  impressive, as well.

“Pure Americana. The feeling is wonderful,” wrote Billie Ruth Standbridge, a member of the Downtown Business Alliance and Main Street property owner. “It supports our local vendors and highlights our new Main St.”

Standbridge is also currently the “top recruiter” for Main Street Market votes. The contest is also rewarding the top 10 recruiters who bing voters to the web site by tracking the referrals

Here are the results for the top farmers’ markets in Texas as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30:

  1. Bayou City Farmers Market in Houston, TX has 369 votes.
  2. Sunset Valley Farmers Market in Austin has 312 votes.
  3. Dallas Farmers Market in Dallas has 207 votes.
  4. Houston Farmers Market in Houston has 129 votes.
  5. Austin Farmers’ Market in Austin has 128 votes.
  6. Midland Downtown Farmers’ Market in Midland, has 116 votes.
  7. The Historic Downtown McKinney Farmers’ Market at Chestnut Square in McKinney has 102 votes.
  8. Main Street Farmers’ Market in Sulphur Springs has 86 votes.
  9. Pearl Farmers Market in San Antonio has 85 votes.
  10. Midtown Farmers Market/Houston in Houston has 84 votes.129 votes.
  11. Elmont Farmers Market in Van Alstyne has 81 votes.
  12. Green Market: Central City Co-op @ Discovery Green in Houston has 81 votes.
  13. Brownsville Farmers’ Market in Brownsville has 46 votes.
  14. Coppell Farmers Market in Coppell has 30 votes.

All other locations had less than 20 votes.

Also of interest are the cities that aren’t getting many votes. The six farmers’ market locations in Fort Worth have a combined 29 votes, for example.

Other nearby towns with low numbers included:

  • Paris: 2 votes
  • Texarkana: 3 votes
  • Lufkin: 3 votes
  • Nacogdoches: 9 votes
  • Marshall, Jacksonville and Palestine: Zero votes

The Main Street Farmers’ Market is open again from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, and every Saturday through Oct. 17. The list of vendors who had registered for Saturday included:

  • Robert Armor — Smoked cheese and brisket
  • Shauna Williams — Fresh breads
  • Patsy Yates —  Produce
  • Jennifer & John Allison —  Fresh eggs, dips and gourmet foods
  • Seven Seas Coffee Roasting Company — Coffee, smoothies, cappuccino, etc.
  • Sloans Creek Farm — Beef, lamb, goat, pasture pork, wild-caught salmon
  • Rusty’s Grass Finished Foods — Beef, herbal sorbet desserts
  • Rick Murray — Fresh breads
  • Roy Olayo — Produce, plants, tamales, eggs
  • Elua Zoniga — Tamales
  • Deborah Cavanaugh - Pies, cakes, bread, and more
  • Keith Jenkins — Fresh shrimp

Note, however, that this is not necessarily a complete list, as vendors can still register to see Saturday morning.




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