I know that City Manager’s do their best to stay as apolitical as possible, and we definitely don’t advocate voting for one candidate over another — but in the case of the Haymaker Farmer’s Market, I’m willing to make an exception. It turns out that an organization called Care2 is sponsoring a vote for your favorite farmer’s market with a grand prize of $5,000 and random prizes of $250 going to support your local market. The Haymaker Market has worked really hard to expand their vendor base, and make the Saturday morning trip to the Kent market a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining experience. So if the spirit moves you, vote early and often for the Haymaker Farmer’s Market.
With over 10 million members in Care2, the Haymaker Market is up against some steep competition. I had never heard of Care2 but it’s right up Kent’s alley as the most popular online destination for people who care about making a difference. Whether you’re passionate about animal welfare, the environment, green living or human rights, Care2 puts the tools for change in your hands.
The last I checked the Haymaker Market had 60 votes and had broken through to make the top 100 markets in the country resting comfortably in 96th place. I was ok with that considering that most of the names above us came from big cities until I saw that Athens Ohio’s market came in at number 5 in the country with 449 votes. We can’t lose to another MAC town.
The site also has links to all the farmer’s markets so it’s a great way to see the latest concepts in the community market business.