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Farmers’ market enters top 70 in nation

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Main Street Farmers’ Market has climbed several more rungs on the ladder of an online contest to identify the best-loved markets in the nation.

The Sulphur Springs market, in its first year of operation on Main Street, has gone from a handful of votes at the end of July to 67th in the nation in the “Love Your Farmers Market” contest, which will pay the eventual winner $5,000.

LocalHarvest and Care2, two websites devoted to the “slow food” movement popular in many cooking circles, are co-sponsoring the contest, which provides exposure for hundreds of similar markets across the United States.

As of noon today, Main Street Farmers’ Market had received 170 votes in the Internet contest, which also placed it fourth in the state of Texas.

Bayou City Farmers Market in Houston has the most votes at 402, followed by Sunset Valley Farmers Market in Austin (325 votes) and the Dallas Farmers Market with 242 votes.

The vote total for the local farmers market is ahead of the Houston Farmers Market (147 votes) and the Austin Farmers Market with 135 votes, as well as the Midland Downtown Farmers’ Market, which has 130 votes.

The market isn’t the only thing from Sulphur Springs getting recognition in the contest, however. Two of the Main Street market’s supporters are also on the list of top vote recruiters.

Billie Ruth Standbridge, who has recruited 41 voters for Sulphur Springs, and Jill McKeever, who has brought in 39 votes, are both on the list of the top 100 recruiters in the contest.

At the end of the voting period on Sept. 17, the 20 top recruiters will each receive a $50 prize.

It's not unreasonable to think that the Main Street Farmers' Market could yet crack the top 50 in the United States in the contest. Currently, number 50 has 200 votes. With the market receiving an average of more than seven votes a day since the end of July and with more than 30 voting days left, there’s still plenty of time to recruit more supporters.

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.”

The Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 17. The most recent list of merchants participating at the sale included:

  • Cajun Bayou Seafood — Billed as “Deep South Louisiana Cajun Cookin,” Cajun Bayou specializes in live and Cajun-boiled crawfish and shrimp, boudin, seafood, homemade Cajun barecue sauce and catering.
    CiboVino Restaurant — fresh baked foccacia, ciabatto, refreshments and “The BEST smoked ribs in East Texas.”
    Dipsy Dames of Texas Fame — specialty dips, pepper jelly, pickles, jalapenos, raspberry lemonade, peach lemonade, cornbread mixes, cheese ball mixes, and “fresh eggs from Reilly Springs that will stand up and smile at you in the morning.”
    Elua Zoniga — Tamales
    JC’s Cookies — Homemade cookies, brownies and specialty dog treats
    Love At First Slice (Robert Armor) — Specializes in beef brisket sold by the pound, and cheeses smoked with cherry wood, such as habanero, pepper jack, colby, Swiss and sharp cheddar.
    Patsy Yates — Unique fruits and vegetables
    Roy Olayo — Homemade tamales, onions and plants
    Rusty’s Grass Finished Foods — Grass-fed beef, herbal sorbets, organic peanut butter pie, etc.
    Seven Seas Coffee Roasting Company — Fresh roasted whole bean coffee, brewed coffee, refreshing smoothies, espresso base drinks
    Sloans Creek Farm — Texas grass-fed beef, lamb, goat, pasture pork, wild-caught salmon
    SW Farm — Fresh-baked sourdough breads, rye, jalapeno, cheddar and more
    The Dessert Lady — Offers special occasion cakes, cinnamon rolls, breakfast muffins, black coffee cake, chocolate pound cake, cupcakes, cookies, and sweet breads.



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