Delaware’s farmers’ market season will kick off bigger and better than ever this month, with the number of markets selling farm-fresh produce around the state substantially increased over last year.
Governor Markell focuses on Delaware’s largest industry: agriculture. Delaware has 2,480 farms that cover more than 40% of Delaware, over 490,000 acres. Agriculture drives about $8 billion dollar of economic impact each year for Delaware.
For the 2011 Delaware Farmers’ Market Season, sixteen Delaware farmers’ markets grossed more than $1.8 million in sales (more than a $400 thousand increase over 2010). As in past years, the season began in April and ended in October. 2011 is the sixth straight year of Delaware Farmers’ Markets increasing sales to consumers.