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“You can’t grow wrong” at the new Garden Shack Farmers’ Market

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, April 05, 2016
“You can’t grow wrong” at the new Garden Shack Farmers’ Market

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

We’ve talked about local farmers’ markets before and as far as we're concerned, there can’t be enough of them. Who doesn’t love to purchase wholesome, healthy food while supporting local farmers and vendors at the same time? Beginning this Thursday, April 7, the new Garden Shack Farmers’ Market will be open from 2 to 6 p.m.

In 2014 owners Tom and Laura Kucharik opened Garden Shack Farm growing and selling flowers, vegetable and herb plants, trees, shrubs, and ground covers. Additionally they sold eggs from their own hens. The farmers’ market is a new feature this year and will be held every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m through November 17.

In addition to fresh produce, eggs, dairy products, flowers, herbs, juices, honey, coffee, meats, seafood, and baked goods, local vendors will also offer craft items, jewelry, and wood projects. There will be a featured guest every week and the Sussex County Mobile Library will be on site every third week of the month. Visitors to the farmers’ market can watch the many hens, chicks and roosters peck around the farm.

Vendors include Adkins Produce, Alaskawild Seafood, Black Hog Farmstead, Chapel's Country Creamery, Fresh Harvest Hydroponics, GreenMan Juice Bar and Bistro, Hattie's Garden, JuiceFresh Juice and Detox, Kalmar Farm, Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor, Muddy Truck Flower Farm, Old World Breads, The Point Coffee House and Bake Shoppe, Rosenfeld's Roadside Jewish Deli, Seaglass Originals, Stag Run Farm/Chrissy Bee's Honey, Sugar Spice and Everything Nice, T.A. Farms, Totem Farms and Union Street Woodwork. More vendors will be added throughout the year.

Garden Shack Farm is located at 19884 Beaver Dam Road (Route 23) in Lewes. Farm hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday (until 6 p.m. on Thursday), and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information visit the website.

Indoor Farmer’s Market is a cozy winter alternative

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Indoor Farmer’s Market is a cozy winter alternative

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

We all love the farmers’ market. It’s the best place to purchase wholesome, healthy food while supporting local farmers as well as the entire community. But it’s only an outdoor opportunity available when the weather is warm, right? Wrong!

If you’re missing your warm weather outdoor farmers’ market with all those wonderful farm fresh items, fear not! The East Coast Garden Center, located on Cordrey Road in Millsboro, hosts an indoor farmer’s market all winter long in their event center.

The “winter version” of the popular Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market welcomes approximately 200 visitors each week. Here you will find over 20 local growers, chefs, bakers, and more selling their goods. In addition to purchasing local, sustainable, farm fresh items from local vendors, you may also hear live music, participate in wine tastings or cooking demonstrations, and take home giveaway items and recipes.

So come on down, buy lunch from a vendor, and grab a seat at one of the tables in the event center or in front of one of the cozy fire pits on the terrace. The East Coast Indoor Farmers’ Market is held every Tuesday from 12:00-3:00 p.m. from November through April. The final date is April 26.

Visit the website for more information and a list of vendors.

Rehoboth Beach Farmers' Market: real food, real farmers, real community

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Rehoboth Beach Farmers' Market: real food, real farmers, real community

While Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, it doesn’t mean the end of finding fresh food offerings from local farmers and vendors. The Rehoboth Beach Farmers' Market, located in Grove Park, is open Tuesdays from noon to 4pm, rain or shine, through October.

Late summer crops are still available and include tomatoes, peppers, peaches, cantaloupe and watermelons. Enjoy them now before their season ends. Vendors are currently offering the best of their fall crops. Look for a wide array of beans such as yellow, green and lima, as well as abundant varietals of apples, and tasty potatoes that include Yukon gold, ruby reds, fingerlings, and more.

Hey, it’s a known fact that farm-grown produce has so much more flavor and better texture than store bought. So not only will you treat your palate to fresh, delicious fare, you support local farmers at the same time. In addition to splendid produce, vendors sell meats, cheeses, seafood, flowers, coffee, ice cream, and prepared foods.

But the Farmers' Market isn’t just about selling food. Weekly features include guest vendors, live music, and special events such as cooking demos or flower arranging presentations. Get on-the-spot education and resources for preserving the environment “Under the Green Tent.” And as a bonus, receive a free veggie container to use during your market shopping experience.

Free parking is available during market hours within a two-block radius from the market on Henlopen Avenue, Columbia Avenue, Sussex Street, and Felton Street. DO NOT park on Grove Street.

Visit the website to see a complete list of vendors, handy veggie chart, weekly newsletter, and delicious recipes.

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