Farmers’ Market Volunteer Corp?

Hello everyone!

Recently, we were talking with some community members about the farmers’ market and wanted suggestions on ways to improve the market. One of the suggestions was about how the community could get involved with the farmers’ market and how to get the word out about this wonderful community event.

We here at Bright Spot thought this to be a great idea. So we put it to you, community at large.

Would there be interest in creating a Cool Spring Farmers’ Market Volunteer Corp? What would you like to do in this group? What would you like to see accomplished? What would be the name of the group?

We’ve put together some of the thoughts of responsibilities and suggestions and want to hear what you think:

  • Assemble an active citizens group that tries to give a voice to our park and how they might improve, ie fixing the broken lights around the park to improve night time safety or fix the fountain so it is no longer an eyesore
  • Help get the word out by putting out lawn signs or putting up flyers
  • Help clean up Cool Spring Park
  • Help set up or take down music
  • Reach out to potential artists or local groups to come to our market
  • Activities or theme days for the market
  • Have a booth to handout recipe cards or to give information for various things happening at the market – ie, music schedule, how to get involved, how Cool Spring Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP/EBT so low income families can have access to healthy fruits, vegetables, bread and other items
  • Help make an off-season event to raise money for running the farmers’ market for next year
  • Collect food from vendors at the end of the market and to donate to food pantries or shelters

What do you think? Please let us know via comments below, Facebook, or email at

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End of the 2015 Market Season!

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!



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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 . We love hearing from you!


Let’s Wiggle!

We’re bringing back KID’S DAY every last Thursday of the month! Bring the whole family and get ready to dance, play, and learn with music, animals, bubbles, and yoga just for your little ones!

July 30th:

  • Brandywine Zoo is traveling to Cool Spring!
  • Music by Nature Jams
  • Yoga with Courtney Norris!
  • Come make a new furry friend and possibly give them a forever home with our friends from Delaware Humane Association!

August 27th:

  • Brandywine Zoo is back!
  • Delaware Children’s Theater will be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as they bring Mary Poppins to life at the park!
  • Yoga with Leanne McGrory!
  • Music with Nature Jams!




First 2015 Farmers’ Market!

Today is opening day, folks! So grab the family and head down to Cool Spring Park at 10th and Jackson to have some fun from 4-8pm!

The band for tonight is Nelly’s Echo, the finalist on The Voice, starting at 6.

Excited to try something new this year? We’re proud to announce some new members at the farmers’ market including Mama Mia’s Handmade Pasta, Blacklab Breads, Kindred Spirits, and Yay! Nomz.

On top of this, we’re having a giveaway! The first 150 customers who purchase produce from Bright Spot Farms will receive a free tote bag with the farmers’ market logo to carry their fruits and veggies home!