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Your humble correspondent rarely goes out during the week, so I didn’t have the opportunity to proselytize regarding regarding National Farmers Market Week, which will end after tomorrow’s market. Like I mentioned last week, it feels like preaching to the choir going into great detail about the event in this newsletter.

Still, we’d always like to see more people coming to Downtown Evanston to visit the market, and we love it when folks stick around to enjoy the heart of the city. The convenient proximity to the rest of downtown, the generous free parking when you validate your parking ticket at the market – it really does make sense to plan a day in Evanston (starting with the market) no matter where you live! That’s what I tell friends. The furthest anyone ever came to get me to stop talking about it was all the way from Indiana. They bought super hot peppers and had a great time at the market and around town.

If you receive the city’s emails, you were just prompted to vote for the Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market in a competition run by the American Farmland Trust and Farmers’ Market Coalition. Voting runs through Sept. 19. We first mentioned this contest a couple of weeks ago, and by my estimation, readers of this newsletter represent about 16% of our market’s current tally of 178 votes. As of this moment, our market is in the top 100 nationwide, 25th in the Midwest, and fifth in Illinois voting. There is a cash pool of $10,000 in prizes, and it’s unlikely we’ll be in the money. Still, there is pride at stake, and it would be great to move up in the standings. From a purely practical standpoint, it doesn’t hurt the market to be able to tout our reputation nationwide.

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