It will be held noon to 5 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at Leland Town Hall. The first one is June 20.
Sunday is a good fit for the market because it’s a different day from other local farmers’ markets, and people are off work and already out and about going to church and such, Parks and Recreation Director Niel Brooks said.
Lisa Britt, who organized the Waterford Farmers’ Market in Belville, said holding that on Thursdays brought in fewer visitors than she had hoped.
Britt said she’s helping Brooks set up the Leland Farmers’ Market and has given him her vendor contacts.
Waterford will no longer hold a farmers’ market, she said. Britt, a property manager for Waterford’s developer, says she doesn’t have the time to dedicate to it and couldn’t get enough other people to help.
Brooks has repeatedly talked about wanting to diversify residents’ recreation options, adding a bluegrass jam session, dance lessons and now a farmers’ market to the mix at Leland Town Hall. The town council unanimously approved the market plan Friday.
The market will feature local fruits and vegetables, plants, baked goods and more.
Vendors will be charged a $10 application fee, plus $20 a day or $80 a season if they want to use Town Hall’s recreation building, or $10 a day or $40 a season for exterior space. That’s comparable to the Waterford Farmers’ Market and cheaper than the Riverfront Farmers’ Market in Wilmington, Brooks said.
The purpose of charging a fee is to get reputable vendors who already go to other local farmers’ markets and avoid having it become a flea market, Brooks said.
He also said Leland will have to spend very little money on it, between staff time and a few hundred dollars on advertising. Among other places, he plans to advertise at the Riverfront Farmers’ Market, held on Saturdays.
For more information on the Leland Farmers’ Market, contact Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 332-4818.
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