One of the best things about living in Delmarva is availability of fresh, good, wholesome, home-grown, often organic food. This has always been an agricultural area. Where else will you find a town called “Fruitland?” Pick-your-own berries and fruit open up as the season allows; local farmers are raising grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range chicken, and natural foraging pigs; seafood? Nah, ‘round here, it’s just Mrs. Pauls. Not.
Roadside produce stand dot the highways, but even better are the farmers’ markets. Produce picked that morning; bread and pastries sometimes still warm; plants and cut flowers; honey and jams; local cheeses – who needs supermarkets when food’s this fresh? Each market has its regular customers and the weekly market is as much a community gathering as shopping experience. You catch up on the gossip, talk about the weather, give advice about cooking something unfamiliar. There’s something deeply satisfying about knowing the people who grow your food and taking home their harvest.
Here are all of the farmers’ markets in Delmarva. Grab a tote bag and wander. Even odds you will end up buying enough for a feast. So pick up a bottle of wine on the way home and invite your friends over.
Bethany Beach: Garfield Highway & Pennsylvania Ave. Sunday 8-12.
Delaware State University: State College Road (Near DSU Campus & DE Ag Museum) Sat 10-2
Fenwick Island: Coastal Highway & East Essex St. Monday/Friday 8-12
Georgetown: Town Park (North Bedford & Edward Streets) Friday 3-6
Harrington: Byler’s Supermarket Parking Lot (Rt. 13S) Thursday 1-6
Lewes: Historical Society Complex (110 Shipcarpenter St.) Sat. 8-12 (At Shields Elementary School 6/25,7/9,8/6,10/1)
Milford: Riverwalk Park (N. Walnut St.) Saturday 9-1
Milton: 624 Mulberry St. Friday 3-7
Rehoboth: Grove Park. Tues. 12-4
Seaford: W. Sussex Boys & Girls Club (310 Virginia Ave.) Sat. 8:30-12
Berlin: Atlantic General Hospital (9733 Healthway Dr.) Thurs. 12-4
North Main St. Wed. 10-3; Fri. 10-3
Cambridge: Main Street (Academy & Muir St.) Tues. 8-7; Thurs. 3-6
Centreville: Lawyer’s Row. Wed. 9-1; Sat 9-1
Chestertown: Park Row at Fountain Park. Wed. 12-5; Sat. 9-12
Denton: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (Franklin & 5th St.) Tuesday 8-12
Main Street Market (4th & Gray) Wednesday 3-6
Easton: Parking lot on Harrison St. Wed 8-1; Sat. 8-1
Ocean City: Phillips Parking Lot (142nd & Coastal Highway)
Tues. 8-1; Thurs. 8-1; Sat. 8-1; Sun. 8-1
Pocomoke: 3 Market St. Fri. 7-1
Princess Anne: Manokin River Park. Thurs. 3-6
St. Michaels: Muskrat Park. Sat. 8:30-11
Salisbury: Asbury Methodist Church, Camden Ave. Tues. 3-6 (open year round)
Parking lot on E. Market by the river. Sat. 8-1
Snow Hill: Municipal Parking Lot. Tues. 2-6
Cape Charles: 110 Blue Heaven Rd. Sat. 1-5
Cheriton: Main. St. Sat. 9-1
Chincoteague: 4113 Main St. Wed/Sat 9-12