“Harry’s got first tomato!” This pronouncement will be repeated all over the Shore in the days to come – every roadside stand and farmers’ market throughout Delmarva will be proudly displaying first tomatoes, cukes, green beans, strawberries and of course the famed, Eastern Shore grown lope (cantaloupe)!
The Delmarva Peninsula is ideally suited to providing abundant summertime treats; sandy soil, long days of sunshine and the early season, warming influence of the nearby ocean create the perfect combination to GROW! Miles of fertile fields extending from the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, from Wilmington Delaware to Norfolk Virginia demonstrate the rich agricultural heritage of this land. Visitors from the west, north and south heading to the beach passes miles of endless green fields – the vista broken only by small villages and towns along the way.
“Corn’s up” is another familiar phrase. From the first peek of two green leaves until the stalks stand tall, the shore’s corn culture is carefully watched. When the tassels turn dark and the ear feels full – it’s time to put the pot to boil! Simply prepared there is nothing finer!
By now you’re probably asking where to get some of this fine Eastern Shore produce…? No problem. Below is a list of local markets with days and hours near to the Sussex County area. Pick a town – find a market! And, if you’re a visitor, remember to pick up some fresh/local for the folks back home. It will be much appreciated.
Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market
Garfield Pkwy & Pennsylvania Ave.
Sundays: 8am – Noon
Downtown Milford Farmers’ Market
North Walnut St. at Riverwalk Park
Saturdays: 9am – 1pm
Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market
22518 Lewes Georgetown Hwy
Mondays: 8am – Noon
Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market
110 Shipcarpenter St. or 910 Shields Ave.
Saturdays: 8am – Noon
Orchard Point Farmers’ Market
Intersection of US 13 and Redden Rd.
Bridgeville – between 404 and 404 alt.
Sundays: 2pm – 6pm (6/24-11/4, 2012)
Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market
Grove Park on Rehobeth Ave.
Tuesdays: Noon – 4pm
Selbyville Farmers’ Market
Corner Rt. 17 & Main Street
Saturdays: 9am – 2pm
Western Sussex Farmers’ Market
310 Virginia Ave., Seaford
Saturdays: 8:30am – Noon