Newspaper, television, and radio coverage of Rockford’s weekly standings in the American’s Favorite Farmers Market contest has caused a strong uptick in Saturday morning attendance at the downtown Rockford Farm Market. 

Cliff and Nancy Hill at the Rockford Squire report that after reading and hearing of our improbable current first place standings in the nationwide contest, farm market lovers from throughout West Michigan appear to be checking us out.  First time visitors are arriving from as far away as Traverse City and Ludington to the north, the entire Greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area, and Saugatuck and Holland to the south.

Rockford area residents have always known in their hearts that we have the “World’s” greatest farm market and now it’s no longer a secret.  First timers quickly fall in love with our market because it is a pure farm market and the essence of “Pure Michigan”.  They eagerly seek out the markets voting site and flock to add their votes for Rockford’s Farm Market in the annual nationwide contest.

Many of these first time visitors to Rockford’s Farm Market load their purchases in coolers in their vehicles and then spill over into the downtown shopping district seeking to enjoy a meal, grab an ice-cream cone, and then browse through the shops.  Rockford’s popular morning breakfast/lunch eatery, The Peppermill Grill, reports consecutive Saturday all time highs.  After discovering the Charms of Rockford, hopefully many will return again and again.

Now to current contest standings, Rockford still enjoys, as of 11 p.m. last Monday evening, a respectable lead in the nation in all market size categories.  Voting tallies are as follows:

Rockford’s Farm Market - 1603

Venice, FL - 1404

Snellville, GA - 1306

Fayetteville, AR - 1128

Las Cruces, NM - 863

If you have not as yet cast your vote for Rockford’s Farm Market you may do so at: www.farmland.org/vote or easier still you may do so by stopping by the Lion’s Market Master booth any Saturday morning during Farm Market hours (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) for the remaining 5 Saturdays of the contest.  The contest ends August 31.

[WZZM 13]