Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by American Farmland Trust (AFT) as the 26th best farmers market in the country, 10th in the Northeast, and 1st in Connecticut during AFT’s 2020 Farmers’ Market Celebration. AFT runs a contest every year to “ensure that markets across the county get the recognition they deserve … nationally and at the regional level.” WFM ended one of its toughest years on a high note with the recognition.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by our shoppers, vendors, and AFT as one of the top markets in the nation, especially during 2020,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM. “For the first time in our history, we operated the market 12 months in a row to tackle to challenges presented by the pandemic. We set up a strict, COVID-safe, pre-ordering system that served as a model for others. It wasn’t easy, but we felt a duty to our farmers, knew that farmers’ markets would be more critical than ever, and we met the challenge.”
AFT’s campaign helped to promote markets, farmers, vendors, and the people and places that bring communities fresh, healthful food. According to AFT president, John Piotti, “The role that markets play is invaluable, not only because they provide us with such a vital source of food. Farmers markets have also been at the leading edge of educating consumers about where food comes from and reinforcing AFT’s message of No Farms No Food. Here at AFT, we know it starts on your fork.”
As one voter put it, “WFM is the best in the area for variety, quality, and sheer beauty of its offerings. Thanks to the many growers, vendors, and volunteers for their hard work. The market has been a bright spot in these dark times.”