Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) will kick off the downtown Farmers’ Market’s fifteenth year on Saturday, May 5, beginning at 9am. With a focus on local, quality produce and products, DMI will provide an opportunity for the Milford community to come together and enjoy shopping for a variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants, baked goods, prepared foods and other locally produced items. The renewed attention that has been given to the Farmers’ Market this year by DMI will offer Milford residents the opportunity to support local farm families and the Milford economy.
“I am very impressed with the individuals that have come on board to help coordinate the Farmers’ market this year,” commented Lee Nelson, Director of Downtown Milford Inc. “We have a significant commitment from a strong group of volunteers that are very excited to grow and develop our hometown Farmers’ Market.”
The tradition of the Milford Farmer’s Market began with residents of Milford merely backing their pickup trucks up to the Mispillion River to share their vegetables, fruits and handmade items with other locals on Saturday mornings. It has now evolved into an affair that not only preserves the small town feel of Milford but also promotes downtown Milford as a center for economic activity.
Those who attend the Framers’ Market on Saturday mornings will be welcomed by familiar faces and new vendors alike. DMI welcomes back Little Wagon Produce who has been featured at the Milford Farmers’ Market for the past 11years. This year they will begin in May by offering locally grown bedding plants, summer annuals, hanging baskets, local asparagus and strawberries.
“We love coming to the Milford Farmers’ Market and are looking forward to seeing our loyal customers again this year,” commented Little Wagon Produce’s Becky Vanderwende. “It is so nice talking with them and sharing our experiences.”
DMI is also excited to welcome Lewes’ famous Touch of Italy to the Farmers’ Market for its first appearance. They will be offering assorted Italian specialty cookies, assorted cheeses, assorted Italian olives, their famous homemade tomato and basil sauce, Italian dried sausage,soppressata and Italian breads from their bakery.
“We chose to come to the Milford Farmers’ Market becuase we heard about its great reputation,” commented Touch of Italy owner Joe Curzi. “We want to become a part of the town of Milford.”
The market will run each Saturday from May 5 to October 27, from 9 am to 1 pm. The location of the market is 7 South Walnut Street, across from the Riverfront Theatre. DMI is still welcoming vendor applications for this year’s downtown Farmers’ Market. Applications can be found online at http://downtownmilford.org/?page_id=168, and returned to Downtown Milford, Inc. at 7 S. Washington Street, Milford, DE 19963. For more information on the 2012 downtown Farmers’ Market visit DMI at www.downtownmilford.org or call 302-839-1180.