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 […]

Rockford’s farm market beating all others in contest


With eight weeks left in the contest, surging voting totals show the Rockford Farm Market currently holding a strong lead over all farm markets entered in the state of Michigan. With 723 votes, our hometown farm market’s closest state competitor is Grand Rapids Fulton Street Market with 125 votes. On the nationwide level, where there […]

Rockford resident casts ballot

Rockford resident Amber Schwalin, along with her  children Caleb (4), Andrew (6) and Macy (8), casts her vote at the Rockford Farmers Market for Rockford in the America’s Favorite Farm Market Contest. If you haven’t already voted, you can do so every Saturday morning at Farm Market in front of the Lions Market Master booth. 

Rockford Farm Market currently in first place in Michigan


So far, so good in nationwide Farmers Markets Contest by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Kim McKay, Rockford City Treasurer who also serves as Rockford’s Farm Market Administrator, could not contain her glee when she informed the Squire, “I can’t believe it! The Rockford Farm Market currently leads all other markets in the state of Michigan […]