On November 2nd, my time in Delmarva is done. I’ve eaten some of the best food in my life out here, met some of the best growers and vendors at the local farmer’s market. Milford Farmer’s Market helped me make exciting breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for my husband and I for two consecutive summers, and we now know that there won’t be a third. This is my love letter to the people who feed Delmarva. Thank you for the time and love you put into everything you produce.
Thank you to Fat Cat Farms, who started their first year at the Milford Farmer’s Market with us in 2019. Thank you for always remembering us, for having duck eggs and english muffins for us every single week. You’ve added something special to a small market that often doesn’t exist in larger locations. Your care for your animals shows on your facebook page, and the care for your food shows in every bite. I’ll never forget the last market when you asked if I’d still be doing this. I will be.
Thank you to Nash’s Veggies. The season is over, and yet you still turn up in Milford every single Saturday to keep providing your fresh produce to the people. Delmarva is lucky to have you set up at Lifecycle on Saturdays, and I was lucky to have your peppers, carrots, and greens in my refrigerator week after week. You absolutely lit up the Eating Normal page when you were one of our highlighted vendors, and I’ll always be grateful for your returned support.
Thank you to Fortunata’s Bakery, a returning vendor to the market in 2019 that we did not see in 2018. There is literally nothing better than homemade bread, and your unique focaccia toppings kept us coming back to your stand week after week after week. You are a staple of the Milford community that deserves to be seen and tasted.
Thank you to T.S. Smith and Sons for my first taste of fall this year in those gorgeous apple cider donuts and apples. You sent me right back to my childhood and the orchards all over southern Illinois. I will always regret not making it down to your physical location to see what you got going on down there first hand.
Thank you to Little Wagon Produce, always front and center at the Riverwalk on Saturday morning. Your local corn helped this midwestern home fight some of the homesickness we felt without good yellow sweet corn. We could always count on you to be there.
Thank you to Sweet Tia, a one woman baking show that made summer 2018 super delicious. We missed you this year, and lord knows I could use one of those Hennesy cupcakes right now. We wish you all the best.
Thank you to the Cheese Board, despite no longer attending the market, you provided some of the most interesting cheeses I’ve ever tasted in my life. I’ll always remember Purple Haze, the first goat cheese I tasted with lavender in it. If I could take an entire crate of that with me to Wisconsin, I would. The land of cheese has some big shoes to fill.
There are so many other local craftsmen and growers in the area that all deserve mention, but these are the ones that have made an impact on my life here on Delmarva. You’ve made life delicious, and you’ve given value to some otherwise pretty miserable days. I looked forward to seeing you all every single Saturday, and I will miss you for many Saturdays to come.
May your success continue into 2020, and may you continue to feed the families of Delmarva for many years to come. Thank you.
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