The Gillette Saturday Farmers’ Market was named one of the best in the country through American Farmland Trust’s 9th annual Farmers Market Celebration.
“The Celebration encourages market customers, family farmers, community members – anyone who believes they’ve got the best farmers market in the country – to endorse their market in five categories,” said Susan Sink, vice president of development and external relations for American Farmland Trust.
The Gillette Saturday Farmers’ Market earned tenth in People’s Choice, Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All and Pillar of the Community and 11th in Champion for the Environment. Voting was through the website markets.farmland.org.
“Our volunteer-run market has grown so much since we started in 2010, and being named as one of the top ten means so much to our customers, volunteers, and vendors,” said Erin Galloway, co-market manager.
“There’s something for everyone at market,” said co-market manager Megan McManamen. Examples are free cooking demonstrations, a SNAP incentive program, a customer loyalty program and kids’ activities. The summer market at the Gillette Tech Center runs every Saturday until mid October.
“While farmers markets have been growing in popularity, keeping family farmers on farmland remains a nationwide challenge,” Sink said. “Many family farmers are struggling to stay afloat and face pressure from development to sell their land. Farmers markets provide an opportunity for family farmers to sell directly to consumers and to help make a living on their land.”
University of Wyoming Extension Master Gardeners of Campbell County are among those who help with the market. According to Campbell County Extension horticulture program coordinator Hannah Johnson, the Gillette Farmers’ Market promotes the development of a regional food system, supports local farmers, ranchers, producers, and artisans and makes high-quality food available to community residents.
“What you put on your fork matters” was the message behind American Farmland Trust’s 9th annual Farmers Market Celebration. The national nonprofit seeks to save farmland for the next generation.
For more information, contact Johnson at 307-682-7281 or HJH10@ccgov.net.