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05/02/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/02/2019 12:27

Carousel Park farmers market opens Friday, May 3

Purchase locally-sourced produce, meat, prepared food and more at five locations across New Castle County
Get details for each market location at www.newcastlede.gov/farmersmarkets.

New Castle, DE - New Castle County's Carousel Park farmers market opens for the season on Friday, May 3, connecting area residents with expanded opportunities to purchase fresh local produce, meats, honey, plants and flowers, along with prepared foods from food trucks and restaurants and handmade goods by local artisans and entrepreneurs. New Castle County farmers markets support sustainable agriculture and local entrepreneurship, promote healthy lifestyles and engage residents with County parks and facilities. Four additional farmers market sites at Route 9, Westside, Rockwood Park and Glasgow Park open the first week of June.

'Buy local as you are able. It's best to eat from farm to table,' County Executive Matt Meyer said.

The Carousel Park farmers market, located at the main entrance parking area at 3700 Limestone Road, offers seasonal produce, meat, honey, eggs, potted herbs, and flowers from area farmers and purveyors of bread, pastries, canned goods and prepared foods. It also features local artisans who make soaps, jewelry, dog treats, home décor and more. Last year the Carousel Park farmers market welcomed a record 19,000 shoppers.

Each of the five County farmers markets operate one day each week through early October and admission is always free. Each location also offers a variety of educational programming on wellness, the arts, and family activities, and more through partnerships with community organizations. Some markets also present live music and entertainment throughout the season. Check the farmers market event schedules at www.newcastlede.gov/farmersmarkets.

Last year, New Castle County farmers markets together attracted a record 41,000 patrons and generated $363,000 in sales for local businesses. All five locations partner with the WIC Farmers Market Voucher Program and accept SNAP/EBT card payments. Additionally, from mid-June through mid-August, weather permitting, the Glasgow Park location will participate in the Summer Food Service Program in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education and USDA, serving meals to children age 18 and under with no cost or enrollment.

Click HERE to receive the weekly New Castle County Farmers Market e-newsletter.

New Castle County farmers market locations:

Route 9 (opening June 5)

Route 9 Library and Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Avenue, New Castle

Wednesdays 3-7 p.m.

Rockwood (opening June 6)

Rockwood Park & Museum, 4651 Washington Street Extension, North Wilmington

Thursdays 3-7 p.m.

Westside (opening June 6)

Cool Spring Park, 10th & VanBuren streets, Wilmington

Thursdays 4-7 p.m.

Carousel (opening May 3)

Carousel Park & Equestrian Center, 3700 Limestone Road, Pike Creek

Fridays 2-6 p.m.

Glasgow (opening June 7)

Glasgow Park Farm Complex, Intersection of Routes 40 and 896, Bear

Fridays 3-7 p.m.

Carousel Park farmers market vendor highlights:

Big Sky Bread Company - artisan bread (starting May 10)

Bright Spot Urban Farm - vegetable, herb, and flower plants

Countryside Farm - flowers, herbs, eggs

Crisp & Co. Pickles - pickled cucumbers, beets, beans, and more

Deer Valley Danes - pet treats

Epicurean Provisions - European gourmet jarred goods (starting June 14)

Focal Points - handcrafted jewelry

Hillside Acre Farm - potted herbs and flowers, cage free eggs, canned goods, rhubarb, asparagus, chemical free lettuce, spinach, arugula, salad mix, radishes, and scallions

Israel's Chicken BBQ - BBQ chicken and salads

Little Glitter Artistry - hand crafted home decor

Long Lane Produce - flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables, baked goods

Ma Nana's Homemade - baked goods

Made to Meander - Fair Trade jewelry (starting May 17)

Powers Farm - beef, pork, chicken, sheepskins

Randalia Bee Hives - honey, soaps, skin care products

Rocker Soaps - soaps, teas, essential oils (starting May 10)

Rosehill Plantery - flowers, herbs, and other plants

De La Coeur Café et Pâtisserie - pastries, breads, La Columbe coffee

Veronica's Kitchen - authentic Mexican cuisine

Farmers market vendors wanted!

Expand the local market for your products! CLICK HERE to access vendor information and download a 2019 farmers market vendor application.

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Contact: Jason Miller, Director of Communications, 302-545-1462