Farmers markets offer fresh produce, food in Wilmington

By Tom Lehman 6:16am, August 15, 2014 - Updated 1:43pm, August 15, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.
During the summer and early fall, many Wilmington area residents get their fresh produce and food at farmers markets like the weekly gatherings at Cool Spring Park on Thursdays.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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The Cool Spring Farmers Market features produce from seven area farms, according to Mike McCafferty, the project manager for Bright Spot Ventures, an offshoot of West End Neighborhood House that employs youth aging out of the foster care system to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables.

Even though many people think of heading to the grocery store to pick up food, McCafferty said the atmosphere and locally grown food make farmers markets more attractive options for picking up healthy and affordable food.

"I got to the grocery store and shop just like everybody else, but this time of year at you're farmers markets...your tomatoes are in season, your watermelons are coming in, your cantaloupes and it's all local Delaware products," he said.

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The Cool Spring Farmers Market also features local vendors, food trucks and area musical acts.

Karla Fleshman, a co-owner of the Java Puppy mobile espresso cafe, said farmers markets are centered on the community and feature a diverse group of vendors.

"The vendors are all local, the products are local, it's the way that small business in Delaware should be," she said.

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The Cool Spring Farmer's Market is held every Thursday through Oct. 17. You can find a list of other area farmers markets in Wilmington and New Castle County on the State of Delaware website.

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