Thursday, September 18, 2008

Seattle’s farmers markets ranked #1 in the nation

SEATTLE - Seattle ranked #1 out of 25 cities across the United States for Farmers’ Markets in Travel and Leisure Magazine’s annual ‘America’s Favorite Cities’ survey.

“Farmers’ markets are a big part of our neighborhoods - they provide a source for fresh produce, support local farmers and small businesses, and create a gathering place for the community,” said Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. “It’s great that the markets are recognized for their critical role in Seattle’s vitality.”

Farmers’ Markets serve as important generators of economic activity in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts. More than 530,000 people attended eleven neighborhood farmers markets in 2007, which resulted in more than $7.5 million in sales, and more than 70,000 pounds of food donated to local food banks.

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