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My Local List

Want to find out where farmer’s markets and tiny produce stands are in your corner of Delaware?  Look no further! I plan to post a listing here and update it regularly. This list is work in progress, so if you have a tip for me, leave me a comment and I’ll check it out!

Delaware Resources:

Dutch Country Farmer’s Market, Middletown, DE – offers dairy, meat, pork, poultry from PA, VA, and NY. Also sells local produce, in season.

DE Local Food Exchange, Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE. They offer dairy, locally grown and milled flour and many other local finds!

Arganica Farm Club,  They offer a unique approach to a CSA and deliver local foods to the Mid-Atlantic states, including Wilmington, DE.

Whimsical Farms, 3315 Steele Road  Newark, DE 19702 (302) 836-4225. They offer organic vegetable and herb plants and can be found at the Newark Co-op Farmer’s Market.

Big Sky Bread, Wilmington, DE. They also have a cafe!

Wilmington Farmer’s Market at Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE

Newark Co-op Farmer’s Market. Offers produce when in season, but also has a winter market with many local vendors.

DE Urban Farm and Food Coalition Farmers Market, 12th and Brandywine, Wilmington.

Glasgow Park Farmers Market, Glasgow, DE (on the corner of Routes 896 and 40 in Bear), Fridays 2-6pm

Newark Natural Foods, Newark, DE

Harvest Market Natural Foods, Hockessin, DE

Dawson’s Seafood, 821 N Madison St Wilmington, DE 19801, (302) 658-4238.

Community Organics, Greenwood, DE.  A CSA for those in lower DE.

Carousel Park  Farmer’s Market, Carousel Park Equestrian Center, 3700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE.

Bayberry Farm, 1015 Boyds Corner Road, Middletown, DE, (302) 689-3010. They offer a CSA, along with bread and cheese shares.

Fromage, A Cheese Boutique, 10 West Main Street, Middletown, DE, (302) 378-7297

Historical Lewes Farmer’s Market, Lewes, DE

Tomato Sunshine, 19791 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE, (302) 226-9533

Fifer Orchards, Camden-Wyoming, DE. They offer a seasonal farmer’s market and a CSA.

Filasky’s Produce, Middletown, DE, 302.378.2754

Other Area Resources:

Lancaster County Farmer’s Market, Wayne, PA. Lots to see at this farmer’s market and they open at 6 am, if you’re a morning person!

Lockbriar Farms, Chestertown, MD. They can be found at the Newark Co-op Farmer’s Market. LBR 614 uses their fresh produce for all of their delicious menu items!

Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, Lancaster, PA. Over 75 organic farmers unite to provide you with a seasonal CSA box. Pick up locations at Home Grown Cafe in Newark and Harvest Market in Hockessin.

Online Resources:

Foodroutes.org

Locavoremovie.com, At least watch the short trailer on their home page! (Then go plant a garden.)

Slowfood.com

Localharvest.org You can search local food resources in your area.

Food, Inc. 

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16 comments

  1. Erin Rowe

    Willey’s Farms in Townsend DE has local produce when available. Also, in Elkton MD, Locust Point Farms has local, pastured meats, grass- fed beef, glass- botled milk, eggs,ice cream, butter, etc. I also just discovered Terrapin Station Farms in Townsend with poultry, beef, pork, and eggs.

    • Thanks, Erin! I will be sure to check those out. I’ve gotten so many good tips from people I know. That’s how I discovered Rumbleway Farms, which is a great resource. Terrapin Station Farms sounds similar. Thanks for commenting! Can’t wait to try your picks.

  2. Hi Rachel- come check me out sometime! We are Hill’s Fresh Plants & Produce in Milford DE. I actually need to think about changing my name to Hill’s Market! We carry a large variety of fresh local meats including beef, pork, chicken, turkey,lamb and goat. We are carrying fresh milk from Rehoboth Dairy, eggs, Eve’s cheese, fresh local produce from numerous sources, jams & jellies from Backyard jams & jellies, handmade soap from KK Farmgirl, honey from S&S Aparies, and bread from Magnolia Bread Co. We are open Mon- Fri 10-6 and Sat 9-6, closed Sunday. We are a little shop packed full of lots of goods! check us out on the web http://www.hillsfresh.net and LIKE us on facebook! Hope to meet you someday!

    • Hi Tina! Wow! I’m glad you stopped by. It looks like I need to make a trip down your way! Sounds like a great store. I’ll contact you before my visit! Looking forward to meeting you. 🙂

    • Go to Central Market in downtown Lancaster. I haven’t made it there yet, but I’ve heard great things from many people. Also Reading Terminal Market in Philly is AMAZING. Fair Food Farmstand is my favorite vendor.

  3. Most of the land in our area is for growing grains (livestock feed, rice fields), grazing livestock, or for development (Houston area $$). Alas, there are only two organic “local” growers for me: one is a 20-minute drive, the other 1.5 hrs.

    Bubba (http://wp.me/p28k6D-8V) grows seasonal only on just 5 acres and he’s down the road a few miles from another farm (not organic) that also brings in non-seasonals (apples, oranges, bananas, the like). So I’ll stock up on what he has first, then “pad” my veggie box down the road. I have six mouths to feed — my “box” gets pretty full pretty quick! But it’s still way cheaper (and better produce) than the grocery.

    • I think a lot of people don’t know how cost effective it is to buy local. Produce is so much less expensive at a farm stand than at the grocery store. Or a CSA is also a good choice. I’m lucky enough to live near Amish farmers, most of them use organic practices. Thanks for your comment! I applaud you for feeding your family REAL food. 🙂

  4. This is an awesome service you are providing! Living in California, almost everything grows here, so it’s easy to buy local. I love going into a supermarket to find LOCAL GROWN goods. It’s also so much nicer to support the local economy, the “mom and pop” farms. When I lived in Nor-Cal, I bought 95% of my produce, jams, and ciders, a lot of baked goods, and all of my honey from the farms and orchards on the “hill”. If any of your readers live in the area, or plan to visit http://www.applehill.com/ is the place to go! Looking forward to reading more from you!

    • Hi Meggie! I’m jealous of anyone living in California, especially during the winter months. I shop only “mom and pop” farms and the nearby Amish community in the spring, summer and fall but winter is looming and my usual places close for a couple months. I’m having to reevaluate my locavore status for a little while. But I did just find a winter farm share that delivers nearby so perhaps that will hold me over!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to try your BEST Pumpkin Cookies Ever. 🙂 I’m hoping to make them soon!

  5. I have a farmer in Hartly who I get free-range eggs from. Let me know if you want his contact info. He is the “Farmer Kim” in just about all my posts.
    Also, check out a program I was involved in setting up – “Local on the Menu” in Sussex County – lots of farmers involved in that who you can buy from – I know many of them so I can let you know who is best for what. http://www.localonthemenu.com

  6. Fiona

    Highland Orchards in North Wilmington (with a larger farm in PA). Family farmed fresh produce and eggs (watch you don’t run over a chicken on the way in, seriously!). SIW farm market, June-November in Chadd’s Ford, PA. Also, for non-produce items, I’m a huge fan of Locust Point Farms in the Chesapeake City/Elkton, MD area (mentioned by another poster above). Amazing prices andyou can see their free-range cattle and chickens as you drive past. Worth the trip for the family-size tubs of Pequea Valley yogurt.

    • Thanks, Fiona! These are great additions to my ever-updated list. I’ll have to check out the Locust Point Farms. And driving any distance for a tub of Pequea Valley is so worth it!

  7. I just signed up for the Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA summer/fall shares. This is our first time with this CSA and we are super excited to be involved this year. Thanks for providing such a comprehensive list of local DE food sources!

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