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Wilmington welcomes its first urban farm, and more.

Welcome to Home Skillet, farm fresh since 2008. Here’s what is going on this week:

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Thursday, June 3: You gotta love 3M. Not the great American adhesive conglomerate, but mojitos, martinis and margaritas. Get them all Thursday at Santa Fe Wilmington’s Patio Party.

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From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. enjoy an extended happy hour on the newly-christened patio with drinks and select appetizers for just $5. Hey, at least these guys had the sense to wait till after Memorial Day for their Unofficial Summer Party. Call 425-5200 for more.


Saturday, June 5: Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed a trend in restaurants that’s exploded into a full-on revolution. It’s the idea of farm-to-table food—ditching the expensive and unreliable shipped-in produce and buying instead from local, seasonal growers. Not only is farm-to-table a refreshing idea, it’s just way too sensible. Restaurants across the state have dedicated to local produce, hosted farm-themed events, and farmer’s markets are all the rage.

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On Saturday, Wilmington and the Delaware Center for Horticulture will take the next step forward, with the opening of the state’s first urban farm market.

Celebrity chef Dan Butler will help christen the site by hosting cooking demonstrations using produce from the beds around him to create simple, delicious dishes. Expect lots of gourmet mixed greens, radishes, kohlrabi, kale, and more. The festivities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Different crops, available weekly for walk-up purchase or drive-thru via 12th Street, will change and progress with the season.

The quarter-acre farm near the 11th Street Bridge in Wilmington is already an award-winner (the Founders Fund Award from the Garden Club of America), and has already yielded its first harvest. The veggies and fruits are grown and maintained in 35 raised beds by neighborhood residents and volunteers.

For more, call DCH at 658-6262, visit thedch.org, or the official garden blog here.

Please enjoy these great photos of the farm, courtesy of DCH’s Wendy Scott and TCDavis photography.






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