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Roller coaster week in Farm Market contest

August 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL What a ride it was last week for Rockford’s Farm Market in the America’s Favorite Farm Market contest. Our once comfortable lead in the small market size category (16 – 30 vendors) was nearly wiped out by our evil archrival Venice, FL. Almost as bad, towards the end of the week we lost our lofty position as overall leader in all market size categories to Las Cruces, NM. The news is much better this week however. Rockford’s Farm Market is maintaining a respectable lead against Venice, and we are happy to report that we have closed the gap with Las Cruces, NM and are in striking distance of again regaining the nationwide lead (at least as of 10 p.m. Monday evening). Our little sister farm market in Manistique, MI is also holding its own against its competition (Punta Gorda, FL) with a slight lead in their boutique market size category (15 or less vendors). We woke up early last Saturday morning to a thunderstorm dumping buckets of rain on Rockford threatening to wash the Rockford Farm Market into the Rogue River. Just what we didn’t need because voter turnout at farm market has been our greatest source of votes in our ever-increasing voting totals. Thankfully, the storm clouds parted around 8 a.m. and the market faithful, along with first timers, turned out from near and far. In response to radio, TV, and newspaper coverage regular market goers, who hadn’t as yet voted, and first timers, wanting to see what all of the buzz was about, arrived from all over West Michigan to swell our vote totals and fill their market baskets with a cornucopia of freshly harvested, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Sitting at our voting table every Saturday we have been heartened by people telling us they have become addicted to checking voting totals on the contest’s website ( They tell us they are also using social media (facebook, twitter, etc) to reach out to their many “friends” urging them to also vote for Rockford’s Farm Market. Their enthusiasm in seeing Rockford win this contest is contagious – if only it could be bottled. Apparently our newspartners, the Manistique, MI Pioneer Tribune newspaper and closer to home, the Cedar […]