Delaware’s impressive agricultural output makes it a wonderful place to get farm-fresh goods. If you’re looking for a great place to find fresh produce, pies, fine meats, and specialty items, the state’s great local markets have you covered. Here are our favorites!
The NCFM celebrated its grand opening in 1954 with chicken at 25 cents per pound and veal at four cents more. Now, there is an outdoor flea-market and 100,000 square-feet of space, and you can even bring your girl for a fine lobster dinner. It’s true, you can find just about anything here, from fine meats, veggies, and pies to Dutch pastries and Delaware’s favorite meat concoction, scrapple.
With more than 25 vendors together in one spot in Dutch county, it is a sure bet that you will find doughnuts made from scratch, fresh-baked baked pies, artisanal cheeses, freshly butchered chicken, ribs, hand-crafted furniture, and more. It is fair to say this area was heavily influenced by the Pennsylvania Dutch, and you will experience great food and hometown hospitality.
Opened in the 1970’s, Redner’s has always taken the approach local first, customer convenience second, and you’ll never need a special card for the best discounts third. Redner’s has stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware, and they are 100 percent employee-owned and operated, and you’ll find fresh produce, meats, pies, fruits, veggies, and more.
Along Wilmington’s historic riverfront, you find a newly renovated warehouse that features eight produce vendors as well as a vast food court featuring food from around the world. Based on the idea of a European-style marketplace, you’ll find local seafood, freshly butchered meats, baked goods, locally roasted coffee, pasta, and even sushi.
Not your average market, Willey offers mostly fresh and organic foods, but you will find homemade candy, dry goods, organic chips, and soda. Plus, get houseplants and ornamentals, hot meals, baked goods, and a deli with meats and cheeses. And don’t miss the greenhouse and nursery, where you will find tons of trees, shrubs, and other plants.
A true farmer’s market, Newark Farmer’s Market started in 1967, and it is a co-operative owned equally by over 4,000 members. With a focus on local, there is lots of produce, food stuff, and crafts of all kinds, and, additionally, you will find a central cafe that serves coffee, cold drinks, and sandwiches, as well as ethnic foods from Europe, South America, and Asia.
If you are looking for a place where you can buy the Ethnic foods of Mexico and South American, then don’t miss Gigante International. From Coca-Cola to kimchi and other Asian favorites, this supermarket has fresh seafood, fruits and berries, roasted seaweed, Thai limes and more. From drink mixes to ethnic bread types, this place has it all.
At McCabe’s Gourmet Market, everything is fresh, and they are even famous in Delaware for liquidating their entire stock before the holidays by having a 20 percent off everything in the store sale. In preparation for their holiday shutdown, you will find rock bottom prices on all perishables, meats, cheeses, baked goods, frozen foods, desserts, salads, and more.
With roots traced back to 1832, Highland Orchards yields a bounty of fruits and veggies as well as you-pick services. You will find farm fresh cage-free eggs, cheeses, meats, and dry goods, as well, and the farm also uses non-GMO and natural practices to produce their crop. Additionally, this market also runs a CSA based out of their big red barn.
Located just a mile from the beach, Fifer’s offers homegrown veggies and fruits, but you will also find a full-service deli offering breakfast sandwiches and lunch. The market is also a grocery and specialty foods store, and you can find everything from salads to ice cream. Plus you can get local meats and cheeses, as well as locally roasted coffee.