Glasgow Park farmers market opens

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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon greeted Bear resident Rita Wallace in front of Councilman Bill Powers' meat and egg stand at Glasgow Park's farmers market Friday afternoon.
New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon greeted Bear resident Rita Wallace in front of Councilman Bill Powers’ meat and egg stand at Glasgow Park’s farmers market Friday afternoon.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon helped to kick off the first farmers market at Glasgow Regional Park on Friday afternoon.

“Ninety thousand people live here in Glasgow,” Gordon  stated in a release.  “This is going to be huge. People will be able to eat healthy, local foods and be able to support New Castle County farmers.”

Gordon worked with Councilman David Tackett, whose district includes the Bear-Glasgow area, to organize the farmers market.

Gordon has paid close attention to parks since taking office in January. Last week, the county  was a partner with Barry’s events in holding the Rockwood Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival in the park near Wilmington.

 

The  County  Department of Special Services had farmers set up alongside the west gate at Glasgow Park, under the shade of several trees.

Gordon said he planned to eventually move the farmers market to the park’s barn once it was renovated. Gordon also announced plans to repair property at Rockwood.

Bear resident Rita Wallace visited the egg, beef, lamb and pork stand set up by NCC Councilman Bill Powers, a farmer based in Townsend. She also visited the local honey stand set up by Adrienne Gage, of Gage Family Beekeeping in Middletown, and the vegetable stand set up by Crystal Chillas, whose family owns a couple of farms in the Middletown area.

Both Gordon and Department of Community Services General Manager Alan Matas bought jars of honey from Adrienne Gage.

“You should buy local honey because it’s a natural antihistamine,” Matas said. “I’ll be back for more.”

Glasgow resident Marie Schwalbauch and her grandson, Charlie Fritz, bought tomatoes, squash, snap peas and cucumbers from Chillas and honey from Gage.

“I love it,” Schwalbauch said. “I wish they had started this a couple of years ago.”

The farmers market at Glasgow Park will be held each Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Interested vendors can call the permits office at (302) 571-4006 for more information on how to participate.

The market will face a challenge in August, when the railroad crossing near Route 72 and U.S. 40 is closed for a repair and upgrading project.

One Facebook posting on the county page also suggested signs near Glasgow park to let residents known about the market.

 

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