Summer's bounty transitions to fall farm favorites


Although summer is gradually fading into September, back-to-school days and the beginning of fall still offer plenty of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Each season brings something new to Delaware’s dinner tables,” said Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee this week. “Though the summer is winding down, Delaware’s farms and orchards still have plenty of fresh produce to offer. Well into October — and beyond — shoppers can get fresh apples, carrots and cauliflower, just to name a few. There are plenty of greens available, including kale and lettuce, as well as items such as pumpkins, radishes and sweet potatoes.”

In addition, while other area farmer’s markets — a hit with locals and visitors alike — end the season on Labor Day or near it, shoppers in Millsboro have until Thursday, Sept. 13, from 2 to 6 p.m., in front of Dairy Queen to check out what’s offered at the farmer’s market there.

Shoppers in and around Millville have another few weeks. Their farmer’s market, which is held at the side of town hall in the parking lot, stays open until Sept. 27, complete with vendors that have everything from produce to plants to baked goods.

“It’s been fantastic,” said Linda Kent, market master for Millville, of their inaugural market. “We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from vendors and from people. We are looking forward — if we get approval again — to next year, because everything has really been so positive.”

So, while market masters and farmers are busy planning for next year, there is still plenty available right now. Many fruits and vegetables grow into the fall months in Delaware, including greens, lettuces, herbs, pumpkins, squash, brussels sprouts, apples and sweet potatoes.

The State produces an availability chart that is distributed to many local markets, farmstands and stores, and it is available online for those interested in finding out a complete list of what is available when, at http://dda.delaware.gov/marketing/2009_AvailabilityChart4BlockGrantFINAL....

The State also has a publication designed to assist consumers in locating roadside, pick-your-own, nursery markets and agri-tourism destinations throughout the state of Delaware. Locations and hours are also available on the Delaware Fresh mobile app. Links to both are available on the homepage of their Web site, at dda.delaware.gov.