Well, everyone, it’s the end of the summer.
What does that mean? It’s the end of market season – end of the hustle and bustle of the market and the beginning to a quieter, stiller time as the cold weather sets in and the days grow shorter.
We had a wonderful season with everyone – we loved seeing the neighborhood of Cool Spring, Tilton Park, Little Italy, and the surrounding areas gather together each Thursday night to meet up with friends and family and enjoy the setting sun, fresh food, and live music. It was wonderful to be a gathering place for the community during the summer. Admittedly, we had rain this summer. It seemed like every other week, there was a storm rolling through and the market would batten down its’ hatches. But, without fail, friendly faces would still show up, picking up their weekly produce or Food Bank CSA share.
The music was amazing – we couldn’t ask for better music this summer as we heard some great tunes from The Souldaires, Alfie Moss/Dexter Koonce Project, Joe Trainor Trio, Slackerbot, and many others. Gable Music Ventures really put together a fantastic line-up and brought a lot of favorites as well as new acts, like on Sept 17 where local young musicians played sets. Their passion was obvious in the love they dedicated to their art.
And we had new vendors join us – most notably, Black Lab Breads from Union St, Randalia Beehives from Maryland, Bottle Gourd Studio, Mama Mia Food Truck, and Taste of Puebla. Market staples, those who are integral part to making Cool Spring what it is, returned as well like Kalmar Farms, Whimsical Farms, Java Puppy, Koi, Fat Rick’s, Papa’s Pastry Shop, Mojo Loco, Maiale, Rosehill Plantery, Nut’n Better, Kas Cakes, Bright Spot Farms, SoapsGarden, and Ma Ada’s Water Ice. We even had local artists display their crafts with everything from handmade jewelry to photography, embellished frames, crochet childrens’ clothes, and local home goods.
We truly enjoyed getting to know our vendors over these seasons and watch them grow. Many have gained a faithful following among the community. Small businesses are an essential part to any thriving community and we love having these businesses here, making Cool Spring Farmers’ Market great.
This year, we also brought back Kids’ Day with friends from the Brandywine Zoo, Delaware Nature Society, Delaware Children’s Theatre, Wilmington Fire Company, and Nature Jams. There’s nothing better than watching kids and their families play, learn, and explore at the market.
Let’s take a look back on some of the nights at the market!
Now. Let’s take a look to the future.
We want to ask you, as part of the community, do you have any comments and suggestions? How would you like YOUR farmers’ market to look next year? Music? Vendors? Hours? Parking?
What do you like about Cool Spring Farmers’ Market? Where could we stand to improve? Please let us know. Leave your comments below, tell us on Facebook, Yelp, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We love hearing from you!