Milton’s Farmers’ Market suspends 2020 events due to impacts of the coronavirus pandemic

MILTON, Del.- The Milton’s Farmers’ Market is shutting down. Due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, they are suspending the rest of their 2020 events starting after this Friday.

“It’s been hard on a lot of different local communities, it’s sad to see the farmers market having to close it brings together this community every Friday,” Stephen Manzi, a visitor, said.

Due to sales not being high enough and regulations for social distancing, we are told the Board of Directors of the market saw the suspension as the best decision to make, especially because they can’t have live entertainment.

“All that sociability really made this market sing and without that we just couldn’t sustain what we were doing,” James Fisher, a volunteer, said.

A vendor we spoke with said they are disappointed that the farmers market will be suspended and they will now have to look other options to sell their products.

” We’re already trying to figure out, gotta fill the void on Friday’s with looking around at other markets and seeing what we can do,” Charles Coleman, vendor for Johnson Bay Oyster Company Co., said.

Despite the changes, the community is staying hopeful and volunteers are already planning on how they will return next year.

“Can’t wait hopefully we can all enjoy it normally next year,” Patti Denucci, a Milton resident, said.

“We’ll certainly be working with the state if they’re asking for additional input on how market regulations could better,” Fisher said.

Fisher told us that the last market will happen this Friday June 26 and it will be from 3-6 PM in Milton at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery parking lot.

To find other farmers’ markets and farm stands available near you, you can visit Agriculture.Delaware.Gov and click on their Buy Local Delaware Guide.

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