The market is open every Wednesday through Oct. 11

Every Wednesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., through October 11, the Capital City Market in Dover is open for business.

Established in 2014, the Market attracts vendors from all over Kent County and neighboring Maryland, offering fresh produce, good food, and events for the family.

The Market offers free parking for its patrons, and there are free lunches provided to kids 18 and under from 1 to 1:30 p.m. The lunches are provided by the Capital School District through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

There’s also a story time from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The Market accepts credit and EBT cards as well as the WIC Farmers Market coupons.

One of only two farmer’s markets in Kent County, the Capital City Farmer’s Market operates from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Loockerman Plaza in downtown Dover.

Downtown Dover Partnership Operations and Programs Manager Tina Bradbury said that as it caters to lunchtime crowds in the downtown area, the market provides a number of food trucks in the plaza along with produce from local farms. Additionally, the market provides tables, chairs and covered areas where the crowds can enjoy their food.

The Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing has a partnership with Fifer’s Orchards where the men in the shelter buy produce from the farm and then sell it at the market. Profits go toward shelter operations.
“In the future, we will be offering cooking classes, fitness classes, bike safety, music lessons and many other classes for adults and kids,” Bradbury said. These additional activities will be advertised on the market’s Facebook page, she added.

The Downtown Dover Partnership has been working hard to make the Wednesday market a major draw in the city, Bradbury said.

“People should come to the market instead of anywhere else because it is a great place to come enjoy a lunch with friends outdoors, shop for fresh local produce and shop with unique vendors all while getting to meet who is making what is sold to you,” she said. “We are here to bring our community together.”