Rockford’s lead evaporates in farm market contest

Cradled on his father’s chest, 3-month-old Brady Cronkright assists his father Tom in voting for Rockford Farm Market.

Let’s win one for Rockford, two for Michigan by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest voting website has revealed that the Rockford Farm Market is not alone in Michigan in trying to win a title as America’s Favorite Farmers Market. There will be four winners named, one for each of four […]

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Two Michigan farm markets leading national contest  Dear Cliff and Nancy, I just got off the phone to the editor of our local paper, the Pioneer Tribune, and he is going to allow me to write an op-ed for the August 11 edition about the America’s Favorite Farm Market contest and for asking Manistique Market […]

America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest enters final month

Farm market vendor tables are laden with the very first of the season Michigan apples and peaches.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

Rockford Farm Market still leads entire nation by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Let’s Rockford Farm Market still leads entire nation color this as an athletic event. We are about to enter the 10th week of a 13-week contest:  America’s Favorite Farmers Markets. One might say we are entering the ninth inning of a ballgame. Rockford […]

Farm market contest exhibits democracy in action for everyone—young, old alike

All the way from the city of Wijk bij Duurstede on the Rhine River in the Netherlands are (l–r) siblings Marcel, 6, Miriam, 10, and Annelies Boogaard, 12. The Boogaard kids were in the USA along with their parents, visiting family in the Rockford area. While here, they took in the Rockford Farm Market and told us they were “blown away.” Farm markets are everywhere in the Netherlands—for that matter, throughout Europe—and the kids said they thought our hometown farm market was “really neat.” Because sisters Miriam and Annelies both had e-mail addresses, they were able to cast votes for Rockford in the nationwide America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest. With no age or citizenship restrictions required to vote in the contest, their smiling faces tell a thousand words.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Newspaper, television and radio coverage of Rockford’s weekly standings in the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest has caused a strong up-tick in Saturday morning attendance at the downtown Rockford Farm Market. After reading and hearing of our improbable current first-place standings in the nationwide contest, farm market lovers from throughout […]

America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest heats up

The ever- smiling and congenial Market Master “Lion Bob” Winegar would love to see you stop by his booth to cast your vote for our hometown farm market in the America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL As of 6 p.m. Monday evening, Rockford still led all farm markets in the nationwide America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest. But the race to the finish line (Aug. 31) is tightening up with farm markets in four states narrowing Rockford’s lead. The top five markets in vote tally are as […]