Another Lawrence institution is working to make the latest Top 20 poll, and this one doesn’t have anything to do with Kansas University athletics.
The Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market is battling to be named one of the 20 best farmers’ markets in the country by the American Farmland Trust.
The nonprofit organization is running an online poll asking people to vote for their favorite farmers’ market. Thus far, Lawrence is on the outside looking in.
As of Thursday morning, the Lawrence market had 73 votes, which left it 18 votes behind 20th-ranked Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market in Santa Barbara, Calif. Lawrence’s market is a full 1,024 votes behind the No. 1 ranked Davis Farmers Market in Davis, Calif.
People can vote online at farmland.org/vote.
Several other Kansas markets also are part of the competition. Thus far, the farmers’ market in Emporia is ranked No. 16 in the medium-market category. Lawrence is competing in the large-market category because it has more than 55 vendors on a regular basis.
Voting will last through Aug. 8.