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  • Riverwalk Farmers Market brings local produce and business downtown

  • The Riverwalk Farmers Market is back in business, filling the park along the river with local vendors selling local produce and crafts, with a few new additions in store for the season.
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      WHAT Riverwalk Farmers Market


      WHEN Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


      WHERE South Walnut Street and the Mispillion Riverwalk


      ENTERTAINMENT "Imagine" and the cast of th...

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      IF YOU GO

      WHAT Riverwalk Farmers Market



      WHEN Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



      WHERE South Walnut Street and the Mispillion Riverwalk



      ENTERTAINMENT "Imagine" and the cast of the Second Street Players’ Children’s Theater will perform May 10 and Abbott’s Mill Nature Center will present a "Certified Wildlife Habitat" program on May 24. More entertainment to be announced.



      MORE INFO Call (302) 839-1180

  • The Riverwalk Farmers Market is back in business, filling the park along the river with local vendors selling local produce and crafts, with a few new additions in store for the season.
    For four years, the Riverwalk Farmers Market has been under the direction of Downtown Milford, Inc., and Chairwoman Melissa Pingue said the event just keeps growing.
    “We have a lot more vendors this year. We’re still getting applications in, and we’re still accepting applications,” she said.
    At least two dozen vendors have signed up for the weekly farmers market, which runs every Saturday starting May 3 through October 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Before DMI took the reins, Pingue said the market consisted of local farmers who would back up their pickup trucks to the Riverwalk and sell local produce.
    Now that the event is organized by a DMI committee, Pingue said committee members are working to add new elements, including live entertainment, raffles, kids’ activities and even beer tastings.
    “We’re really trying to get something involving Mispillion River Brewing Company because they are new and they’re Milford’s brewery now,” she said. “We want to get involved with all the local businesses in some way.”
    Along with local business vendors, the committee is also hoping these new additions will attract a larger crowd. Dave Daino, who was the market master for the farmers market’s opening day on Saturday, said the high attendance was a good sign.
    “Milford is the kind of town where they know each other, and people come here to talk and hang out, too,” Daino said. “It’s local, and that’s what we’re about – local business.”
    DMI President SaraKate Hammer said the Farmers Market Committee is always looking for new ways to expand, and with Milford City Council’s approval of an alcohol code waiver that would allow for beer tastings on a few days later this summer, it could add a new element to an already successful event.
    “We’re always looking for ways to expand what you can do at the farmers market,” she said. “Beer tastings are a way to tie more businesses into the farmers market. If we can bring local businesses to the farmers market that wouldn’t normally be there, and they can have a stage for their craft, it’s good for everybody.”

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