A new farmers market is coming to downtown Milton starting at 4 p.m., Friday, May 28.
Broadkill Farmers Market will take place on Front Street, across from the Milton Fire Department.
Organizer Mary Ann Warrington said about nine vendors are already confirmed for the market, selling everything from vegetables to fudge to jellies to bread to crabs.
Warrington said she decided to start the market due to popular demand. After the Milton Farmers Market canceled its 2021 season, she said people came to her asking about organizing a market.
“It certainly wasn’t on my radar,” she said. “Some people approached us and said, ‘We’d love to have a market downtown.’ I took off with it and went to the board of directors of the fire department and asked them to do it. It was just the community wanting the market back to Milton and back to downtown, and we have the property to do it.”
Warrington said the market will be set up in a half-circle, socially distanced, with sanitizer stations around the grounds. Parking is encouraged at the lot adjacent to the fire hall at the corner of Front Street and Chestnut Street. Warrington said volunteers will guide people into the parking lot; those attending should not park in the paved lot next to the grounds as that is where firefighters will need to park if they get a call. Masks are encouraged, customers should bring their own bags, and produce should be washed before eating.
“My goal is to help the farmers, help the artists and let the community have the opportunity,” Warrington said.
She said the plan is to hold a market every week on Fridays through September. Warrington said applications for vendors are still being taken; booths can be set up for $25. Proceeds from the market will be donated to the Milton Fire Department.
Warrington said the volunteer staff will be made up of members of the fire department’s ladies auxiliary, of which Warrington is the president.
Warrington said she has been happy with the response to the announcement that a farmers market is coming back to Milton.
“I want it to go well, and I’m excited because I can see the excitement in the vendors I talk to and the people saying how much they’re looking forward to it,” she said. “It’s a win-win.”
For more information or to send a message, find Milton Broadkill Farmers Market on Facebook.