Down on the Farm(ers' Market)

Three new fresh air markets have Wilmingtonians dusting off their coveralls.

    Welcome to Home Skillet, where we have a morbid curiosity about the Topsy Turvy tomato planter. Here’s what’s happening this fine spring week:

    Tuesday, June 2: Big news for every food folk in Wilmington. Beginning this week, well, yesterday, and continuing every Tuesday between now and September 22, Third and Market streets will host the LoMa Fresh Market, a produce market featuring fresh produce and loads of green goods each week. No longer will we Wilmingtonians be forced to schlep to Booth’s Corner or Produce Junction or the handful of produce stands scattered in Brandywine Hundred.
    The market will feature fresh vegetables and fruit from the Delaware Food Bank. Papa’s Pastry Shop will have a booth, selling baked goods and a few pre-made lunches. Lapps Kitchen will be on hand, selling its famous Crabanero hot sauce and some ready-made lunches, also. Christine Serio at Wilmington Renaissance told me the market will expand its roster as the summer moves along, and booths from an artisan cheese vendor, a homemade salsa maker, and the awesome Black Lab Breads bakery could have booths before long. “We’re keeping it a true farmers market,” she says. “Offering the great local homemade stuff you can’t get anywhere else.” For updates, tune into the Downtown News newsletter, available here.
    The LoMa Fresh Market, which is co-sponsored by the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday.
    LoMa now joins the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Rodney Square and the Little Italy Farmers’ Market, as Wilmington’s triumvirate of open-air food markets.
The Downtown Market is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with more than 45 vendors and an array of produce, baked goods, fresh cut flowers and plants, jewelry, pottery, items for home and garden and more.
    The Little Italy Farmers’ Market opened May 16. From Seventh Street and Bancroft Parkway, the market will open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Little Italy Farmers’ Market sports 19 vendors so far. For information on the Little Italy Farmers’ Market, including how to become a vendor, call Jackie Kimball at 658-7072.

    Sunday, June 7: Nibblers, unite! Southern Delaware’s biggest tasting event goes down Sunday at A Taste of Coastal Delaware from the Marketplace at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach beginning at 1 p.m.
    Area favorites like Catch 54, Fat Tuna Grill, Harpoon Hannah’s, Patsy’s Restaurant, and more will be in attendance with mucho munchies.
    New this year is the inclusion of celebrity chef John Shields, who is a nationally acclaimed expert on regional American coastal cuisine, as well as owner of Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. He’ll be on hand with a presentation that includes a cooking demonstration.
    Organizers have also added the People’s Choice award, which will allow attendees to vote on their favorite dishes and displays.
    Tickets are still just $35 per person, and will be available at the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce offices, as well as at the door and online here.

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    New Greenville digs: A Chadds Ford gourmet shop is relocating to Greenville this summer, and, you guessed it, it has a pretty silly name. P.U.F.F.—which stands for Pick Up Fine Foods—will open this summer at the Greenville Crossing Shopping Center, where you’ll be able to pick up ready-made meals, desserts, soups, pastries and cakes, salads, and more. Peruse here.
    As if Greenville wasn’t highfalutin enough (j/k much luv 2 U, G-ville xoxoxo).

    Opa!: Of course you all know the Greek Festival is already underway and the spanikopita, gyros and moussaka is flowing at a brisk pace.
    Stop by for lunch or dinner (more specialty food is normally available in the evenings) at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 808 North Broom Street in Wilmington between now and Friday night.

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