2009 Farmers’ Market Season Tops $1.1 Million

by Dave on November 6, 2009

Dover- The 2009 Delaware farmers’ market season has ended as the most profitable season ever, with 15 markets earning more than $1.1 million (a 40-percent increase over last season). This season kicked off in April and ended last week for participating farmers.

“It is refreshing and gratifying to see the growth of Delaware’s Farmers’ Markets over the past several years,” said Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee. “It’s really special that total sales of our 15 farmers’ markets cracked the million dollar barrier this year. Reaching that milestone signifies several things. First, there is a demand and interest among Delaware consumers in home-grown, fresh, local produce. Second, it acknowledges the great job Delaware farmers do in producing high quality vegetables, fruit and other farm products. Third, the success is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the people who organize and manage our state’s farmers’ markets. Finally, all of us at the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) are proud and pleased to play a supportive role in all these efforts. Congratulations to everyone involved; this success truly marks an unselfish, team approach that benefits everyone.”

“An overwhelming number of Delaware farmers stepped up to the plate this year and got involved in these farmers’ markets,” said DDA Marketing Communications Officer Kelli Steele. “It’s essential that farmers continue to be involved to make the markets a success. The market managers and volunteers are also to be commended for a job well done.”

The Delaware Department of Agriculture promoted the 15 statewide markets this year, an increase from 11 last year. Last year, the markets earned $798.000.

If you’re interested in becoming a vendor at any of the state’s farmers’ markets in 2010, contact Kelli Steele at (302) 698-4519, or by e-mail at kelli.steele@state.de.us, or log on to www.dda.delaware.gov and click on farmers’ markets for a complete list; you can then contact each market manager individually.

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