The new farmers market just south of Smyrna at the Smyrna-Clayton Moose Lodge is seeking vendors of fruits and vegetables and homemade products for the market on Sunday afternoons.
Paul Johnston hopes the new farmers market in Smyrna will become a fun place for families to spend a Sunday afternoon.
He’s coordinating the market at the Smyrna Moose Lodge with help from his wife, Tracie.
“During one of our Moose Lodge meetings, we were talking about ideas to bring the community together and I came up with the idea of a farmers market,” said Paul.
Along with vendors, the plan is eventually to have a dunk tank, an ice cream truck and a DJ playing music each Sunday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m.
“The dunk tank could promote different charities. We’re open to that,” said Paul.
A charity could supply the “dunkee” to help raise funds for the charity, he said.
The Johnstons are looking for farmers along with vendors selling homemade food and crafts. Vendors selling food must be certified with the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Health.
“We have some farmers and a vendor who makes hand-made wreaths planning to come next week [Sunday, July 23] so we’re hoping for a good turnout,” said Tracie.
Paul said, “The whole thing is about everyone having fun. The Moose Lodge is about family and community. That’s what we’re trying to promote – families and helping neighbors.”
However, Paul and Tracie also have a serious cause to support. They are selling ceramics, painted and also unpainted for those who would like to paint the item, along with hand-poured concrete monuments for each branch of the military.
“Our booth is raising funds for the national Desert Storm Memorial,” said Paul, an Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm. “It may not look like much, but every little bit helps.”
He’s also looking for other Desert Storm veterans interested in forming an association.
Vendors interested in selling items at the farmers market can stop by the Moose Lodge on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. to talk to Paul or come out Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m., or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FARMERS MARKETS IN DELAWARE
•NEW CASTLE COUNTY
Centerville Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., until – Oct. 7
Route 52 & Twaddell Mill Road
Glasgow Park Farmers Market
Fridays, 3 - 7 p.m., until Nov. 17
Glasgow Park, 2275 Pulaski Highway
(near intersection of Rt. 40 and Rt. 896)
Co-Op Farmers Market
Sundays, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., until Nov. 19
Newark Shopping Center, 230 E. Main St.
Route 9 Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3 -7 p.m., until Oct. 4
Bowlerama, 3031 New Castle Ave.
Wilmington Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., until Oct. 25
Rodney Square, 10th and Market streets
Westside Farmers Market at Cool Spring Park
Thursdays, 3 - 7 p.m., until Oct. 5
Cool Spring Park, West 10th and North Jackson streets
Rockwood Park Farmers Market
Thursdays, 3 - 7 p.m., until Oct. 26
Rockwood Park, 610 Shipley Road
(entrance of Washington Street Extension, near Shipley)
Southbridge Youth Garden Farm Stand
Second Friday of month, 3 - 6 p.m. until Sept. 8
Note: Aug. 11 - 4 - 7 p.m.
Neighborhood House Inc., 1218 B St.
Bellefonte Farmers Market
Fridays, 5 - 8 p.m., until Oct. 27
Bellevue Community Center Garden, 500 Duncan Road
Carousel Park Farmers Market
Fridays, 2 - 7 p.m., until Oct. 27
Carousel Park Equestrian Center, 3700 Limestone Road
Moose Market Farmers Market
Sundays, noon - 4 p.m., until Sept. 24
Smyrna-Clayton Moose Lodge, 2035 South Dupont Highway
Capital City Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., until Oct. 11
Loockerman Way Plaza, 126 W. Loockerman St.
The Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony
Wednesdays, 8 a.m. – noon, until Aug. 30
Marketplace at Sea Colony Shopping Center parking lot, Rt. 1 South
Bethany Beach Farmers Market
Sundays, 8 a.m. - noon, until Sept. 10
PNC Bank parking lot, Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue
Fenwick Island Farmers Market
Fridays, 8 a.m. – noon, until Sept. 8
Warren’s Station, 1406 Coastal Highway
16 Mile Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3 - 6 p.m., until Aug. 30
16 Mile Brewery, 413 S. Bedford St.
Historic Lewes Farmers Market at Kings Highway
Wednesdays, 8 – 11 a.m., until Aug. 30
Crooked Hammock Brewery, 37707 Crooked Hammock Way
Historic Lewes Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon, until Sept. 30
George H. P. Smith Park, DuPont & Johnson Avenues
Also: Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon, Oct. 7 - Nov. 18
Richard A. Shields Elementary School, Savannah Road and Sussex Drive
Nassau Valley Vineyards Farmers Market
Sundays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., until Sept. 24
Nassau Valley Vineyards & Winery, 32165 Winery Way
Riverwalk Farmers Market Downtown Milford
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., until Oct. 3
Riverwalk Park, South Walnut Street
Milton Farmers Market
Fridays, 3 - 6 p.m., until Oct. 6
Dogfish Head Brewery, #6 Village Center Boulevard
Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market
Tuesdays until Oct. 31
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (July, Aug.)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Sept., Oct.)
Grove Park, Rehoboth Avenue (at Lighthouse Circle)