Excitement is certainly brewing as the 2015 Georgetown Farmers’ Market moves south for a change of scenery that organizers believe is a change for the better.
The 16 Mile Brewery grounds on South Bedford Street is the new staging venue for the weekly markets, scheduled every Wednesday from May 20 through Sept. 16. Market time is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“We are really are excited, not only for the venue change - we think that it will be strategic in attracting even more market customers - but I think just the draw of having that wonderful brewery right there as an additional stop-off for refreshment,” said Greater Georgetown Chamber of commerce Executive Director Karen Duffield. “I think it will be very advantageous for both 16 Mile and for the market.”
“Georgetown is 16 Mile sand vice versa,” said Chad Campbell, 16 Mile co-owner with Brett McCrea. “So we we’re looking for a way to kind of give the farmers’ market the chance to bring more people - be it attendees and vendors. We have a great piece of real estate here and that open space offers a perfect setting for it. Beyond that it was just a natural fit between being a chamber member ourselves as a brewery and then having a lot of culinary partners and agricultural partners within our immediate county reach - and having the space to put on the show.”
The market will feature much more than fresh local produce.
In fact, 16 Mile Brewery is coordinating Cruise In car shows on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
“There will be a variety of different activities going on. With the car show we are hoping to incorporate more exhibition type of vendors - cooking, beer tasting - for that additional attraction for the market,” said Ms. Duffield. “There is a lot of inclusion of different sorts of activities and events that can all happen at the same time and make for a really wonderful Wednesday experience.”
Christel Folke, an instructor in Delaware Technical Community College’s Applied Agriculture Department, returns as the market master.
With spring just around the corner, Ms. Folke’s list of committed vendors include Point Coffee House, Reid Angus Beef, Evans Farm, T.S. Smith & Sons, Chapel's Country Creamery, LJ's Fresh Lamb, Folke Family Funny Farm (pork), Dorman Donuts, Delmarva Popcorn, Sugar Spice and Everything Nice, Stag Run Farms, Rehoboth Dairy and Old World Breads.
16 Mile Brewery takes its name from the late 18th century when Georgetown - at that known as Pettijohn’s Old Field - was considered “16 miles from anywhere” in the County.
The Georgetown Farmers’ Market was previously held at North Bedford Street Park next to Georgetown Presbyterian Church.
“We’re having a much more collaborative effort this year than ever before,” said Ms. Duffield. “We’re working in collaboration with 16 Mile. From our (Chamber’s) perspective we are so grateful to be working with Chad’s team there, and their marketing and communications director Sarah Dickinson, who has been very instrumental in putting together the steppingstones to what certainly we all hope will be a very successful 2015 season - and an improved farmers’ experience here in Georgetown.”
“That joint effort is going to lend itself the opportunity very nicely,” said Mr. Campbell. “It’s a very local atmosphere and we are looking forward to it.”
Article Via News Editor Glenn Rolfe, Sussex County Post, who can be reached at [email protected]