Delaware's love for farmers markets is growing, and the latest sales report proves it. In 2023, the state's 17 farmers markets, led by the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, exceeded $4 million in sales for the first time.
This is a substantial increase from 2022. According to Kathy Jackson from the Delaware Department of Agriculture, people are recognizing the value of fresh, local produce, especially as grocery store prices rise. Eleanor Shue, the Executive Director, highlights that the market is not just a place to shop but also a community gathering spot. The farmers market season in Delaware starts in May, and there are high hopes for another record-breaking year in sales.
Eleanor Shue, the Executive Director, believes people are recognizing the true value of the products. "As prices rise in grocery stores, the market offers fresh, beautiful, and local produce at a comparable cost," she explained. "It's a worthwhile investment compared to the half-wilted items in grocery stores." Beyond fresh produce, cut flowers are gaining popularity, according to Jackson.