In order to help promote the value of farmers' markets in U.S. communities, American Farmland Trust has launched the America's Favorite Farmers Market contest.

Farmers' markets in 49 states and Washington, D.C., are competing for the title in four size categories. At the end of the contest, one small, medium, large and boutique farmers' market will be named America's Favorite Farmers Market for 2010. Online voting is open until Aug. 31 at People can only cast one vote per market.

Montague fires the imagination with an intriguing new design challenge

Designers ... imagine the chance to partner with a chef/operator to design the most intriguing, most versatile Island Cooking Suite ever created. Now see your design selected by a team of foodservice experts and from a wide variety of entries, as the most creative, most efficient cooking suite design submitted. And if you can see this, imagine your design, your partners' dream cooking suite, with a value of up to $200,000.00, built and awarded to their operation! Thanks to The Montague Company, this fantasy is about to become reality.

The premier manufacturer of the world's finest cooking equipment since 1857, Montague is setting the foodservice industry a-sizzle with the Montague Suite Dreams Design Challenge, an exciting competition that pairs a designer with a chef/operator and pits them against other pairs of like teams to create the ultimate kitchen suite design.

Montague will then award the winning suite to the venue for which it was designed. Plus, the winning design team and operation will be featured in print and electronic ads in trade publications, and will enjoy an expenses-paid trip to The NAFEM Show 2011. In addition, four first-place winning teams will be chosen from entry designs. Courtesy of Montague, they'll win travel and accommodations to The NAFEM Show as well.

Sure to stir the creative juices of a crowd known for its competitive spirit, the Montague Suite Dreams Design Challenge is an incredible opportunity for designers and chef/operators to show off their talents and set themselves apart, and bring famous Montague quality, versatility and innovation to their kitchens.

The Montague Suite Dreams Design Challenge is open to professional foodservice equipment designers working in collaboration with a professional foodservice operator/chef as client on a foodservice concept in one of the five qualifying market segments. All interested teams must visit by Oct. 8, 2010, to register and review contest rules. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Oct. 15, 2010. For more information, please contact The Montague Company at, or visit the Web site.