WHAT WE’VE REPORTED Earlier this year, a group of residents in Smyrna started working with an AmeriCorps VISTA worker from the Delaware Economic Development Office to see if it would be a good idea to start a farmers market in Smyrna.
Meetings were held, surveys were sent out and the group started planning the farmers market with a tentative opening date in June.
WHAT’S NEW Plans are still underway with the farmers market official start date of Saturday, June 16 creeping around the corner.
According to a press release from the Delaware Economic Development Office, vendor applications are being accepted; local farmers, processors, artisans and craft workers, and non-profit organizations are invited to apply. Youth up to 18 years old are also encouraged to apply as junior vendors.
When the market starts on June 16, the community can expect farm fresh produce, herbs, flowers, eggs, meats, jams and jellies, artwork, jewelry and other local items.
Carly James, the AmeriCorps VISTA worker from DEDO, said in the release that the survey showed Smyrna residents and community organizations expressed a desire for a farmers market in the town.
There are a few fundraising activities to support the market. The group is selling tickets for a 50/50 drawing with the winner announced at 10 a.m. at the grand opening celebration. Sambo’s Tavern in Leipsic has donated a gift package. Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5, and can be purchased at the restaurant.
“Farmers markets are not only community spaces for socializing and gathering, but they are also community-sponsored engines for economic development,” James said. “The Smyrna Farmers Market will connect Smyrna’s rich agricultural history with its present demand for local, affordable, healthy food options.