Millsboro Farmers Market moves to Thursdays, gets new sponsor

Just like the produce they offer, farmers’ markets are sprouting up like crazy in the area. Millsboro’s actually started up last year, but this year offers a Millsboro market with lots of changes.

This year, the farmers’ market is being sponsored by the Millsboro Downtown Partnership, a nonprofit organization that supports creating and promoting revitalization of Millsboro’s downtown area while preserving its historical significance, and it will be held on Thursdays.

Last year, it was a town-sponsored market that was held on Tuesdays, with the hope that patrons of the weekly car show would visit the farmers’ market, as well.

“That wasn’t the case,” Marie LaRocca, who is co-managing the market this year with Kathy Higgins. “They were there for the car show only.”

LaRocca said the Town didn’t have the human resources to dedicate to the market, although it was something they wanted to see done. So that’s where Millsboro Downtown Partnership stepped in. Having LaRocca and Higgins step up to the plate has been essential said Jessica Wiggins of MDP, adding that it took them an “incredible amount of time and effort” to get the market ready to go.

LaRocca explained that, this year, the location will be different, as well as the day. It will be held each Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the grassy area in front of the Dairy Queen at Market and Washington streets.

They have new vendors, including those who offer conventionally-grown produce, organically-grown produce, herbs, baked goods – including some vegan and gluten-free varieties – seafood, jams, jellies, cookies, cupcakes and other desserts.

“We hope to offer people a really nice variety,” said La Rocca.

In addition, they hope to have entertainment and educational demonstrations for a further draw for people to visit and shop at the market.

“We hope for it to be a great place to come and get some stuff, bring the kids and have a good time,” she said.

Vendors at the new Millsboro Farmers’ Market include Sapp’s Pudding, Copp’s Seafood, Backyard Jams and Jellies, T.S. Smith, Black Hog Farms, Bella’s Cookies, Cake Break, Herbs, Spice & Everything Nice, Dawn’s Country Market and Windy Hill Farms.

The Millsboro Farmers’ Market has its own page on Facebook, for those who wish to keep updated on what’s happening at the market.