St. Matthews Farmers’ Market wins Kentucky Farmers’ Market of the Year for 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2012) – Louisville’s popular St. Matthews Farmers’ Market, located in the heart of St Matthews at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, was named the Urban Market Winner of the Ag Credit AgGenius Awards for the Kentucky Farmers’ Market of the Year Contest 2011at the 2012 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show in Lexington last week.

“We are thrilled to be the Kentucky Farmers’ Market of the Year – Urban Market Winner,” said Dale Mercker, committee chair. “With over 60 vendors and 2000 visitors each week, we are excited and humbled to earn this honor. Thanks for the support of a great community, wonderful vendors, and of course all of our many volunteers.”

The Kentucky Farmers Market Association created the Kentucky Farmers’ Market of the Year Awards as a part of the Ag Credit AgGenius Awards to honor best practices utilized at farmers’ markets throughout the state. Criteria for determining the award winners included market demographics, structure, rules and grievances, promotion, setup, and customer service. The 2011 Award Winners are:

Urban Market Winner – St. Matthews Farmers’ Market

Runner-up Urban Market Winner – Lexington Farmers’ Market

Co-Winner Rural Market – Meade County Farmers’ Market

Co-Winner Rural Market – Woodford County Farmers’ Market

Runner-up Rural Market – Bounty of the Barrens Farmers’ Market

The St. Matthews Farmers’ Market features high quality food and products from local producers. Weekly events include guest chef demonstrations, and a range of live music from local favorites. Special market days include Children’s Day, Senior Day, Heirloom Tomato Day, and Family Day. The 2011 St. Matthews Farmers’ Market was named Best of Louisville by Louisville Magazine. Visit www.smfarmersmarket.com for more information and to sign up for the enewsletter.

Beargrass Christian Church is a vibrant Disciples of Christ congregation of 1200 members. The church has served St. Mathews for more than 200 years with a passion for worship and a commitment to grow in faith. The church offers an outstanding music program, a first rate youth program, and challenging, faith-building adult opportunities. Visit www.beargrass.org or call 502-896-1161 for more information.

The Kentucky Farmers Market Association was formed in 2006 as a statewide association to give a voice to Kentucky’s farmers’ markets. The Association seeks to provide a conduit for individuals and markets from across the Commonwealth to share information and support. For more information, visit kentuckyfarmersmarket.org.

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