American Farmland Trust has launched the first-ever America's Favorite Farmers Markets contest, a nationwide challenge to determine which of America's 4,685 farmers markets can rally the most customer support.

Farmers market managers can register to join the contest by visiting Starting in June, farmers market shoppers (including chefs) can vote to support their favorite farmers’ market at One large, medium and small farmers market will be announced as the winner during Farmers’ Market Week from Aug. 2 to 8.
Cocoa and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut announced that pastry chefs Andrew Shotts and Paulina Abascal will represent the United States and Mexico, respectively, on the 2009 World Chocolate Masters judging panel. This year's World Chocolate Masters will be held at the Salon Du Chocolat in Paris from Oct. 14 to 16. Shotts is the owner of Garrison Confections, a gourmet chocolate maker in Providence, R.I.

pastry chef Andrew Shotts

Abascal is a renowned pastry chef in Mexico and host of "Pasteleria.MX," a show on V-me, a Hispanic television network in the United States.

pastry chef Paulina Abascal