With prized summer fruits in the spotlight this summer, people are flocking to local farmers markets in Mill Valley and Tam Valley this month.
So, how do our local farmers markets stack up against others around the country? A national contest aims to find out.
American Farmland Trust, a non-profit group focused on conserving agricultural land, is running its fourth annual America's Favorite Farmers Markets contest this summer.
The contest asks shoppers to vote for the farmers market they like best from a list of more than 7,000 provided by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Both the Larkspur and Corte Madera markets are on the list. The is held Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alto shopping center near , while the on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. is in the Tam Junction lot between TJ's Crossfit Gym and .
Voting ends at midnight on Sept. 3 and winners will be chosen in each of four categories: small, medium, mid-size and large. American Farmland Trust will throw a party for each of the winning markets.
There's also an essay contest in which farmers can write about why participating in markets is important to them, for a chance to win $1,000.
So how about it, folks? Should cities nationwide bow to our farmers market excellence, or what? Click here to vote, and share your thoughts in the comments.