This year marks the 23rd season of the Farmers’ Market in Milford. The tradition of the market began with residents of Milford simply 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. The market is open for the season on Saturdays from 9am-1pm and will run through October 6 this year, with a special Fall Market on November 17.
“The Farmers Market Season means that fresh local produce is available, old friends are gathering and the downtown is once again a community meeting place on Saturdays,” said Riverwalk Farmers Market Chairperson Melissa Pingue. “I overheard someone at the first market [this year] comment “Wow the town is alive again” as they walked up the side walk and saw the people and heard the Dixieland Band playing.”
Pingue states that it is comments like these that are the reason why Downtown Milford Inc. puts on this event each week. She believes, as many other residents and visitors do, that the Farmers Market is a “must attend event because we are so unique.”
“We love our local artists as much as we love our farmers. The local crafts people and talent can be seen around the market. We have different artists from the Mispillion Art League attending each week, as well as, local dance and music schools and the Dixieland Band performing on select weekends,” she said. “The whole community is welcome and we want to have something for everyone.”
The annual Strawberry Social will be coming up on May 26 as volunteers hand out free strawberries and cake for the first 300 people in attendance. The strawberries are donated by one of the market’s oldest vendor Little Wagon Produce.
The newest vendors this year are One Hawk Homestead with produce, flowers , herbal products and baked goods; Sunseed Growers with produce; The Beauty of Goats Milk Soap with decorative soaps; Vanauken Fudge; Euphoric Herbals with herbal tea, salves and organic products; Blazin Body essentials with homemade fragrances, bath salts and scrubs; and Pasqualini’s Bakery with a huge variety of Baked Goods.
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