VIDEO | New Castle County farmers markets open for a new season of healthy eating | Features
New Castle County farmers markets are back – a chance for you to get local, fresh and healthy summer food options.
Employee Katie Welles said this is the county’s way of providing a convenient way for more vendors and farms to be introduced and supported by their local communities.
“It is pretty much as local as you can get,” said Welles. “If you want flowers, local seasonal produce, they have stuff that is in season now [for example] collard greens, kale, onions. We also have local food trucks and local vendors [too].”
These family friendly markets provide live music, face painting, as well as a partnership with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. UD is providing healthy meal demonstrations with produce that guests can find at the market. Each location also has a holiday event theme too, like a car show on Father’s Day.
2018 Farmers Market Family Days:
- Route 9: June 20, July 18, August 15 – 3-7 p.m.
- Rockwood: June 21, July 19, August 16 – 3-7 p.m.
- Westside: June 7, July 5, August 2 – 4-7 p.m.
- Glasgow: June 15, July 20, August 17 – 3-7 p.m. + free face painting
Joey Lopes, who attends Delaware Technical Community College, said he will travel completely out of his way just to get a taco from Veronica’s Kitchen and a coffee from the espresso food truck, Scission.
“I look forward to market days,” said Lopes. “There’re so many talented vendors who might not get the same credentials if they didn’t have events like this.”
Each of the five locations has different vendors, food trucks, and farms in attendance, keeping them all original and unique from one another.
For a list of vendors at each Farmer Market locations, click here.
“[We have] all sorts of different things that people might be looking for, and we are always in the process of getting new vendors,” said Welles.
According to New Castle County, the markets last year attracted a record 40,000 patrons and generated a record $380,000 in sales for local businesses.
All five locations will be continuing their partnership with the WIC Farmers Market Voucher Program and will accept SNAP/EBT card payments.
Stephanie Dumpson lives in Wilmington and said that there is no better way to enjoy a great day outside while supporting Delaware’s local entrepreneurs.
“We have a good quality of vendors with homemade hand-crafted products,” said Dumpson. “We just have a wonderful time while eating some quality food and enjoy time together. It’s a community thing.”
New Castle County farmers market Locations;
- Route 9 – Route 9 Library and Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Avenue, New Castle – Wednesdays 3-7 p.m.
- Rockwood – Rockwood Park & Museum, 4651 Washington Street Extension, North Wilmington – Thursdays 3-7 p.m.
- Westside – Cool Spring Park, 10th & VanBuren streets, Wilmington – Thursdays 4-7 p.m.
- Carousel – Carousel Park & Equestrian Center, 3700 Limestone Road, Pike Creek – Fridays 2-6 p.m.
- Glasgow – Glasgow Park Farm Complex, US 40 & DE 896, Bear – Fridays 3-7 p.m.