On July 5, Millsboro held its first Fresh Garden Market, from 5 to 8 p.m., located next to the Millsboro Post Office, near the railroad track.
The Town has been discussing putting together a farmers’ market for over a year, after a town survey of residents showed a great deal of interest in a market.
“The Town has been working to pull this together,” said Assistant Town Manager Matt Schifano. “We had some conversations with our council. About a year or so ago, we had a survey filled out by the town. We found out from the people of the town that they would like to see some sort of produce market that they could go to during the summer weeks.”
The Town decided to put a twist on the traditional morning farmers’ market with their Fresh Garden Market, by holding it on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer, as many people already come into town for Cruz-In, the antique car show held at the Dairy Queen on Market Street.
“We were like, ‘They already have a nice crowd there. Let’s add to that event,’” said Schifano. “We’re really trying to think of something that’s a little different from what you see at most local farmers’ markets.”
Six vendors will have stands with various local goods ranging from honey to fresh organic eggs.
“We’re going to have local corn, fruits and vegetables, some berries,” he noted, saying that Good Earth Market would be among the providers. “We’re going to have fresh breads from Old World Breads. We’re going to have some local honey. We’re going to run the gamut, whatever you see at most local farmers’ markets.”
Although the Town will be running the market for its first season, it plans to hand it over to a local nonprofit organization once it has been established.
“The goal is to grow it a little bit. The goal is really to have a nonprofit organization take it over. We want to build it, so we have Millsboro’s Downtown Partnership Group. We’ve had conversations with them about helping out this year and maybe running it next year,” he said. “It can only grow from here.”
Schifano said that, so far, local response has been overwhelmingly positive and the Town hopes people will join them for a great night of fresh produce and fun.
“Millsboro would like to not only invite people in the town of Millsboro but anyone else in the area that’s passing through to stop in and make an evening out of it,” said Schifano. “We want to offer another fun thing to do that night besides just go look at old cars. You can get some fresh produce, maybe grab some dinner downtown and listen to the DJ. It’s fun for the whole family.”