Looking to keep a multi-generational family tradition alive, Lewes native Brad Walker and his girlfriend Gabriella Kuhns celebrated the grand opening of the Hopkins Brother’s Produce with a ribbon cutting May 21.
The produce stand is located off Route 1 in the Midway Center parking lot between Candy Kitchen and La Tonalteca. Walker founded the business last year with a roadside stand, but is expanding it this year.
The name Hopkins Brother’s honors Walker’s grandfather, Ernest "Ernie" Hopkins, and his great-uncle Everett Hopkins, founders of Hopkins Brothers Inc. Walker said the farm is on an acre of land off Hopkins Road outside Lewes, where his family has been farming for generations.
“Farming runs in the family,” said Walker. “I wanted to keep that going with a local name.”
Walker said he’s expecting their produce – squash, zucchini, peppers, sweet corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes and more – to be available mid-June. In the meantime, Walker is sourcing seasonal produce – strawberries, tomatoes, asparagus – from other Sussex County farms. It’s great to be a part of a local farming community that’s keeping the tradition alive, while also bringing products to all the new people who are moving here, he said.
Walker, a physical education teacher, driving instructor and assistant baseball coach for Woodbridge High School, may have the farming background, but Kuhns brings the produce stand’s aesthetic appeal. Kuhns said she’s excited to be doing something new and fun with the family.
“I’m here because of him, but I’ve embraced the local community,” said Kuhns.
While it’s too late to participate this year, Walker has also set up a community-supported agriculture program. The 22-week program runs from the end of May through mid-October, said Walker.
For now, the hours of operation for the new produce stand are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.