The Farmers' Market at Sea Colony readies for opening day on July 3


The Marketplace at Sea Colony is again hosting a mid-week farmers’ market where people can come to buy fresh bread, cheese, honey and eggs, as well as seasonal produce from area family farms.

Coastal Point • File photo: Customers peruse the offerings at the Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony in 2011. The market will be open on Wednesdays through July and August, from 8 a.m. to noon.Coastal Point • File photo
Customers peruse the offerings at the Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony in 2011. The market will be open on Wednesdays through July and August, from 8 a.m. to noon.

“We have a new vendor this year, Ficner Farms from Dover,” said Carrie Bennett of Bennett Orchards, who manages the Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony. “They specialize in general produce and sweet corn.”

“The Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony has grown in popularity each summer with locals and visitors alike. Farmers are growing for the market, offering new items, such as Bennett blueberries, for the first time,” said Bennett.

Bennett said she is excited because this is the first year Bennett’s Orchards will offer the blueberries. A local household name in peaches for years, the blueberry crop is the first of its kind for the family.

“It is exciting — especially for Hail, who started with that,” said Bennett of the blueberries and her son, who started the crop as a pilot project. “It takes many years to even prepare the soil for planting, and then the plants take three years to produce. It’s a big investment — and a long wait — but the plant should last 50 years.”

The market, which will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays in July and August, is made possible in that location by Saul Brothers of Bethesda, Md., explained Bennett, and offers plenty of free parking for customers.

“They allow us to use the property, and it gives us good visibility off of Route 1 and really helps the farmers.”

She said the market is doing well. Most of the same vendors that sell at the Bethany Beach market on Sundays come back for the mid-week market at the marketplace, and she said it benefits everybody.

Delmarva vendors featured at the Sea Colony market include: Butterpot Farm, Chapel’s Country Creamery, East View Farm, Ficner Farm, Greenbranch Farm, Honeybee Lake Apiary, Hudson’s Produce, Magee Farms, Old World Breads, Wells Berry Farm and Wimbrow Farms.

“The farmers like it because it is a good way to move more crop during the middle of the week, and it is good for the customers. Many of the same people come, so they can come on Sunday and can come back Wednesday for a refill!