Milford Farmers’ Market Starts 20th Season

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Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) will kick off the 2015 Riverwalk Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 9am to 1pm. 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 in recent years by DMI offers Milford residents the opportunity to support local farm families and the Milford economy.

“It means a lot to those of on the committee to bring this weekly ‘festival’ to Downtown Milford and I think it means a lot to our customers,” said Melissa Pingue, Organizer of the Riverwalk Farmers’ Market. “We are able to bring quality vendors from around the state to little old Milford and give our local folks quality products. The local supermarkets can not give the same selections and freshness that our farmers deliver each week.”

This year will mark the 20th season of the Farmers’ Market in Milford. 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 Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings will be welcomed by familiar faces and new vendors alike. DMI welcomes back Little wagon Produce, T.S. Smith, Evan’s Farm, Dave’s Nursery, Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms, Tout De Suite and Melissa’s Cupcakery, &  Twisted Fruit. New Vendor products will include various produce items, jellies, flowers, fresh Lamb, fresh Angus, spices and dry goods, baskets, popcorn, and more prepared food vendors such as Mr. BBQ. The Market will also have entertainment throughout the year with the Milford Jazz Band on May 3, ‘Imagine’ on May 9, Abbott’s Mill on May 16, Mispillion River Brewing tastings on May 30, as well as monthly free raffles.

“[The Market] is a place for our community to congregate, support local vendors and enjoy just being there,” commented Melissa. “…it is much a social gathering as it is a market.”

The market will run each Saturday from May 2 to October 3, from 9 am to 1 pm. The location of the market is 7 South Walnut Street, across from the Riverfront Theatre. DMI is welcoming new volunteers to serve on our Farmers Market Committee. For more information on the 2015 Riverwalk Farmers’ Market, individuals are encouraged to visit DMI at www.downtownmilford.org or call 302-839-1180.