Downtown Farmer's Market

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The 2017 season of the Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market at Rodney Square will begin May 3rd and operate every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 25th from 10:00 AM. until 2:00 PM, except for June 21st for the Jazz Fest.

The Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market opens for business every Wednesday in beautiful Rodney Square, between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets. Centrally located, Rodney Square has been the center of great events such as the annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and First Night Wilmington and is the perfect setting for the Farmers Market. The Square comes to life each Wednesday beneath the statue of Caesar Rodney, for whom the park is named. The Farmers Market offers an array of the freshest local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers.

The Market also offers a large assortment of beautiful handmade and other items, including arts and crafts, unique jewelry and delicious home baked goods. Stroll the Square and then relax under an umbrella at one the many café tables. Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch while listening to a variety of free live entertainment.

The Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market is produced by Downtown Visions, a private, non-profit company which manages Wilmington's Downtown Business Improvement District and facilitated by the City of Wilmington. We are dedicated to the goal of a more vital, vibrant downtown for all.

 

History of the Market

The original Farmers' Market in downtown Wilmington was an eight block stretch on King Street, one of our major thoroughfares. This market consisted of local farmers selling produce and other goods from the back of their vehicles and dated back to the early 1900s. With the advent of suburbanization and the modern day supermarket, this practice virtually disappeared in Wilmington.

Trying to revitalize this disappearing but critical part of urban life, the City of Wilmington officially sanctioned a Farmers' Market about 25 years ago, relocating it to a small surface parking lot on Orange Street. Over the years the number of vendors fluctuated, but steadily declined until only two vendors remained. At this point, in 2002, Wilmington Mayor James Baker asked Downtown Visions, the management company of Wilmington's business improvement district to assume management of the Farmers' Market. At this point there were only about 9 vendors. Downtown Visions was able to recruit new farmers and other vendors but soon determined that the location lacked the critical pedestrian traffic and accessibility to support the market and to service the community at large.

Continuing to partner with the City, the Market was moved to a beautiful, but underutilized city-owned public space, Rodney Square. This square is centrally located, flanked by a myriad of downtown corporations and within easy walking distance to others as well as to Market Street, downtown's main shopping street. In addition Rodney Square is the bus transportation hub for the entire county. The move to Rodney Square made the market available not only to corporate pedestrian traffic, but also to residents who use the bus system as their primary source of transportation. Nearby downtown residents were now able to walk to and participate in the market and it transformed into a true public market where, every Wednesday, from May to October, people can find an average of forty vendors selling fresh produce, handmade crafts, baked goods, lunch foods and more. Customers can have lunch at outdoor tables, enjoy free entertainment and obtain a variety of information at the information tent.

 

 

Vendors

For more info Contact:
Tucker Casey
Market Manager
tcasey@downtownvisions.org
409 N Orange St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
302-425-0196

Vendor Application

Farmers:
Bright Spot Farms
Locust Point Farms
Sorbello Girls Farm Market

Food Vendors:
Brunch Box
Delaware Provision Food Truck
Dino’s Incredible Water Ice and Ice Cream
The Flavor Spot
French Women Love Pasta
Hors d’oeuvres by Betsy
I Don’t Give A Fork
Joy Hot Dogs
KaPow Truck
Koi On The Go
Levitea
Lionheart Cafe
London Chippy Fish N Chips
Mamas In The Kitchen
Mama Mia
Mojo Loco
Mrs. Bonnie's Crab Cakes
Mushrooms Cafe
Outlandish Food Truck
The Plum Pit
Sugar Spice & Everything Nice
Sunset BBQ
Sunset Park Cookies
Temptations Cheese Cake Emporium
Tyler's Water Ice
The Wildwich
Wilmington Pickling Company
Yummy Tummy
Zoagies

Art, Jewelry & Services:
Attitude By Chantel Jewelry and More
Avon
Core Ten Fitness
DART
Friends of the Wilmington Library
Lincoln Heritage Insurance Company
Jamberry Nail Wraps
Jerry’s Artarama
M&M Fashions
Princess House
Real Time Pain Relief
Starfish Casters
The Delaware State Lottery
Unique Thangs
Younique By Precious

Cafe Vendors:

Rodney Square Café vendors will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only, 10am till 3pm.
Monday – No Vendors
Tuesday – Local BBQ
Wednesday – Farmers Market 10am to 2pm
Thursday – Farmers Fried Fish
Friday – KOI On The Go

HB DuPont Park Café will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am till 3pm.
Monday – No Vendors
Tuesday – I Don't Give A Fork
Wednesday – London Chippy Fish N Chips
Thursday – Joy Hotdogs
Friday – Outlandish Food Truck