LINK Cards and WIC/Senior Benefit Vouchers are accepted at the market. Double Value tokens up to $10 per market day are also available, while funding lasts. Our Information Stand in the center of the Square can accept LINK cards in exchange for tokens which can be used as payment for all vendors offering food.
So if you purchase $10 in tokens from your Link card, we will give you an extra $10 in tokens through our LINK Plus program.
Woodstock Voted #1 Farmers Market in Illinois and #5 in America for Same-Sized Markets
The votes have been
verified and the
Trust has announced
Market was voted the
#1 market in
Illinois overall and
#5 in the country
markets!! Moving up
to 5th from 6th last
year is really
A big thank you to Keith Johnson, our market manager, all of our vendors, Heidi Maschmann, Michelle Kujawski, and Tammy Kise for their help getting folks to cast their vote. The biggest thanks go to you, all of our friends who come to the market each week and continue to support local food and local products.
Who Holds the Contest:
Farmland Trust is one of the nation's leading conservation
organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land,
promoting environmentally sound farming practices and supporting
a sustainable future for farms. As a vital link among farmers,
conservationists and policy-makers, they’re focused on ensuring
the availability of the land that provides fresh food, a healthy
environment and lasting rural landscapes.
Since their founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, they've helped to save more than three million acres of farmland and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.
The benefits of bountiful and protected working lands represent our best bet for a healthy, sustainable future and their plan to help America guarantee that future through comprehensive stewardship of the nation’s working lands is based on the following key programs:
> Farmland Protection is focused on permanently protecting farm and ranch land across America.
> Agriculture & Environment helps farmers and ranchers improve water quality and combat climate change while expanding their sources of revenue.
> Growing Local supports farmers and communities in sustaining local agriculture while strengthening America’s food and farming systems.
We Need You! We count on our wonderfully dedicated market visitors and shoppers to vote for us each year. Votes are received all across the country and we compete against hundreds of markets nationwide. Votes are submitted via an on-line form on this page that is directly connected to the American Farmland Trust website or you can vote on their site directly as well. The Woodstock Farmers Market asks our visitors throughout the market season to vote via on-line campaigning as well as by providing on-site laptops for voting during the markets themselves at various times during the voting season. Votes are collected from June 1st thru August 31st at midnight. Everyone can vote just once for each market that they support. It is not mandatory for voters to donate to American Farmland Trust for their vote to count.
What Happens If We Win:
Many of the benefits of winning are not material in nature. Winning this contest brings notoriety to the market which leads to increased tourism in the area, an increased visitor presence at the market which benefits all of the farmers and vendors. It also assists the market in obtaining the grants necessary to keep the market as wonderful as it is with all the benefits our customers have come to enjoy such as the LINK Plus Bonus Program and fee-free credit card use at the market.
At the end of the contest, one
small, medium, large, and boutique, farmers market will win the
title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2012.
There will be four national winners and each will receive a farmers market promotional package to help grow their market. The package includes:
> A feature story on the award
winning food site Epicurious.com
> A special logo for the exclusive use of the winning markets
> Support convening key stakeholders at the event
> A print run of 5,000 postcard or flyers to promote the winning market in their community
> National press release announcing the winning markets
> 500 totebags with the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets logo and the No Farms No Food® message to give away to customers
> An outdoor banner to hang-up in the market
> 200 copies of our magazine American Farmland with a feature story on the winning markets
The categories are based on the
number of vendors the farmers market has.
There is a prize package for the top farmers market in every state. The winners of this title receive a special logo to use in promoting their farmers market and also receive a package of free promotional stickers.