To the Market We Go

Krista Connor

Krista Connor

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There’s something lighthearted, communal and downright frolicsome about shopping at local outdoor markets. It just feels right. And on a more practical level, the economic support the markets provide is essential to the livelihoods of participating vendors and farmers.

Below is a sampling of some of the options available from Kennett Square to northern Delaware and into Sussex County. So get yourself that quintessential woven handbasket—OK, or a reusable bag—and start exploring the wealth of local flavor.

Note: While most of these markets feature farm-fresh produce and meat, we’ve added additional reasons to visit.

For more information on the first five markets—all of them run by New Castle County—go to nccde.org.

Route 9 Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays through October
3-7 p.m.
3022 New Castle Ave., New Castle

Why you should go: This market is great for artisanal goods, like jewelry from Made to Meander LLC.

Rockwood Park Farmers’ Market
Thursdays through October
3-7 p.m.
4651 Washington St. Extension, North Wilmington

Why you should go: Your dog can enjoy a snack from Waggies by Maggie and Friends, a nonprofit dog treat company.

Westside Farmers’ Market at Cool Spring Park
Thursdays through October
4-7 p.m.
10th & Van Buren Sts., Wilmington

Why you should go: Melody’s Delicious Carrot Cakes.

Carousel Park Farmers’ Market
Fridays through October
2-6 p.m.
3700 Limestone Rd., Pike Creek

Why you should go: For the on-the-spot tastes—brews from Little Goat Coffee Roasting Company, Israel’s Chicken BBQ, Smoothie Shack and more.

Glasgow Park Farmers’ Market
Fridays through October
3-7 p.m.
DE 896 & US 40, Bear

Why you should go: Health-conscious skincare purveyor Rocker Soaps has garnered a cult following; Firehouse Donuts are self-declared as “more than just another pastry,” and we’re willing to believe it. Bonus: A flea market, held the first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Delaware Avenue Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays through September
4-7:30 p.m.
1727 Delaware Ave., Wilmington
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Why you should go: Artisanal jam and pickles from Jack’s Jams.

Downtown Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays through October
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rodney Square, between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets, Wilmington
downtownwilmingtonde.com

Why you should go: In addition to fresh local produce, herbs and flowers, the market features handmade items, including arts and crafts, jewelry and home-baked goods. Visit Jerry’s Artarama’s stand to tune in to your creative side.

Brandywine Village Market
Wednesdays through Aug. 29
4-7 p.m.
Brandywine Mills Plaza
1800 N. Market St., Wilmington
Visit Old Brandywine Village’s Facebook page

Why you should go: We hear there’s beer.

Co-op Farmers’ Market
Sundays through November
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
230 E. Main St., Newark
newarknaturalfoods.com/farmers-market

Why you should go: To experience Newark’s community-driven, small-town feel.

The following three markets are run by nonprofit The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM). For more, go to historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.

George H.P. Smith Park
Summer Saturday Market
Saturdays through Sept. 29
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
George H.P. Smith Park

Johnson & Dupont Avenues., Lewes

Wednesday Market at Crooked Hammock Brewery
Through Aug. 29
8 a.m.-11 a.m.
Crooked Hammock Way and Kings Highway, Lewes

Fall Market
Saturdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 17
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Shields Elementary School Parking Lot,
Savannah Rd. & Sussex Dr., Lewes

Why you should go these three: In addition to fresh produce, eggs, fruits, breads, baked goods, meats, fish, cut-flowers and herbs, the HLFM features master gardeners, sustainable agriculture experts, and workshops by local chefs using food from the market.

Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays through October
See website for times
Columbia Ave. & Grove St., Rehoboth
rbfarmersmarket.com

Why you should go: Anita’s Guacamole, made fresh on-site.

Find Brandywine Bee Co.’s local raw honey at the Kennett Square Farmers’ Market this summer.

Kennett Square Farmers’ Market
Fridays through November
3-7 p.m.
113 E. State St., Kennett Square, Pa.
historickennettsquare.com

Why you should go: Brandywine Bee Company, with local raw honey and other products like hand salves and candles. It’s at the market the first, third and fifth Fridays. Bonus: First Friday Flea Market in conjunction with the farmers’ market.

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