It was a farmer’s market this year, at least at Delaware’s Farmers Markets. Delaware Department of Agriculture reporting 2017 had the second highest sales at farmers markets since stats began. Last year, producers recorded over $3 million in sales throughout 21 community-run farmers markets in the state.
Officials say fresh produce was the most popular item, making up 53% of sales. Meats, cheese, bread, jellies, and honey split the bulk of remaining sales. Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse thinks the numbers reflect a positive relationship between residents and producers, saying consumers know they’ll get local & fresh product while benefitting the local economy.