The McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square has been voted No. 2 in the Top 5 Favorite Farmers Markets in the State of Texas. And, McKinney's market was named third overall in mid-sized farmers markets across the United States.

The contest was sponsored by American Farmland Trust (AFT), the founder of America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest and a national conservation organization dedicated to saving America’s farm- and ranchland.

"The purpose of AFT’s America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest is to raise national awareness about local farmers markets, the role they play in supporting local farms, and the importance of protecting American farmland," according to AFT's website. Farmers Markets keep family farmers on their land, AFT says.

“Our country has been losing more than an acre of farmland every minute, and that irreplaceable land is disappearing most rapidly in areas where our fruits and vegetables are grown,” American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl said in a news release.  “Farmers markets help combat this growing problem by strengthening family farms.”

The 2012 contest began on June 22 and ended Sept. 3. The McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square received the second-highest number of votes in the mid-sized farmers market category in Texas and has been honored with the No. 2 ranking on the state's Top 5 Favorite Farmers Markets. According to the contest rules, people could vote only once for each farmers market.

In the mid-sized category in Texas, the Sulphur Springs Farmers Market came in first with the most votes, followed by the McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square, the Grand Prairie Farmers Market, the Nacogdoches Farmers Market and the Winnsboro Farmers Market.

In the mid-sized category across the United States, the Sulphur Springs market came in first, followed by Lakeside Farmers Market in Virginia and the McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square.

For more information on the McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square, please click here.