This year marks the 24th season of the Farmers’ Market in Milford. The tradition of the market began with residents of Milford 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. Opening on May 4, the market is open for the season on Saturdays from 9am-1pm and will run through October 5 this year, with a special Fall Market on November 17.
This past year was a success as hundreds of residents and visitors participated each week. Community support is always a large factor and this year several local businesses have joined as sponsors. “ The market season hasn’t started yet and we have three new corporate sponsors. Bayhealth and Milford Chronicle have always been sponsors but this year they are being joined by Growmark, Archology Architecture & Design and Anderson Windows,” said Melissa Pingue, Riverwalk Farmers Market Chair. “The market committee is so grateful that these businesses have joined us in helping to provide the best farmers market experience in the state.”
This year several favorites will be returning to the farmers market including Little Wagon Produce, Evans Farm, TS Smith, Water Girl Farm, One Hawk Homestead, Nash’s Veggies, Davidson’s Mushrooms, Dave’s Nursery, Vanuakan Fudge, Sweet Tia’s Bakery, Restful Soul Soap, MP Arts, Mispillion Art League, Love Inspired by Joan Dau, Little Miss Bowtique, Good for the Core Farm, Classic Compliments and Beauty of Goat Milk Soap. Vendors that came at the end of last year, Top Five BBQ and Epicurean Provisions, wwill be returning and after a year off Fortunata’s Bakery and Handmade Baskets by Wendy will be back as well. New vendors include Bead jewelry maker Jim Purcell, CLH Soy Candles, Fat Cat Farm, Kerr Acres, Practical Magic Finds and starting at the end of June Mick’s Grass Fed Beef.
“I’m excited to just get this season started, to see old friends, make new ones and see what new ideas our vendors have come up with over the winter,” said Pingue.
Since the market starts the same day as the annual Bug & Bud festival, the market will remain open until 4pm. The location of the market is 7 South Walnut Street, across from the Riverfront Theatre on the Mispillion River. For more information on the 2019 Riverwalk Farmers’ Market, individuals are encouraged to visit DMI at www.downtownmilford.org or call 302-839-1180.
“I hope people leave the market feeling like they just participated in a community event,” said Pingue. That they can be proud to call it their Milford Farmers Market. I want to make sure they are able to come to the market, relax, enjoy the park, chat with neighbors, get a bite to eat.”