Farmers' market finds niche in Georgetown

Now beachgoers don’t have to wait until they get to Rehoboth Beach or Lewes, or even Bethany Beach or Fenwick Island, to get to a farmers’ market. Or, they can still hit all of them if they want, and one more. The new Georgetown Farmers’ Market is up and running, from now until the end of summer, right off of Route 9 in Georgetown.

Coastal Point • Monica Scott: Pat Hayes of Georgetown buys some fresh bread from Kogler’s as her friend Bea Phillips looks on.Coastal Point • Monica Scott
Pat Hayes of Georgetown buys some fresh bread from Kogler’s as her friend Bea Phillips looks on.

Location was one of the problems when Georgetown tried to hold a farmers’ market a few years ago, explained Karen Duffield of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Kelli Steele of the Department of Agriculture. But the current market is located on Route 9, at the Sports at the Beach complex, and Duffield said she could not be more pleased.

“It could not be more ideal,” she said of the new location. “We are thrilled with the spot. We are equally thrilled that we discovered Pat, who has the experience and the contacts. In a relatively short period of time, we got everything under way.”

Pat is Pat Coluzzi, who also runs the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market. She said it is a nice cross section of veteran farmers and vendors, and newcomers that have never done a market before. Currently, there are 14 vendors, including old favorites for local market-goers, such as Good Earth Market, Kogler’s Old World Breads and Fifer Orchards.

Also participating in Georgetown’s market is The Farm of Georgetown, Habanera Farm of Maryland, JoAngi Bakes of Greenwood and Lewes, Fizner’s Family Farm from Dover, Jimmy Lynn’s Seafood from Rehoboth Beach, Sap’s Pudding, Nourish Catering from Rehoboth Beach, Deep Grass Nursery from Greenwood, Gourmet Gobbies, David’s Exotic Mushrooms of Kenntt Square, Pa., and Skipper’s Biscuit Company, from Lewes – a company that manufacturers all-natural dog treats.

“I think it’ll be a successful market,” offered Coluzzi. “Depends on what kind of crowd we get.”

“We are hoping, as weeks go by, we can get the word out,” said Duffield. “Hopefully, the beach traffic will make this a point of destination. We filled a spot that was necessary, and we complement the other markets – we don’t compete. We are thrilled and hope the vendors do well. Buy local. Eat fresh!”

The Georgetown market is the 16th community-sponsored farmers’ market in the state. Last year, the state’s 15 farmers’ markets grossed $1.1 million – 60 percent of that in fruit and vegetable sales alone.

The Georgetown Farmers’ Market is open on Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. The market is sponsored in part by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, Nemours Health Prevention Services, ServPro of Sussex County and Southern Delaware Tourism. For more information, contact the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.