Milton Farmers’ Market FAQs
Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions to help you to understand the Milton Farmers’ Market.
WHO RUNS THE MARKET?
WHEN DO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEET?
The Board of Directors meets several times during the year, usually at the beginning and end of a Market season. At the beginning of the year, planning takes place for the upcoming season. At the end of the year, the Board reviews activities of the season. In addition to Board meetings, the Board may act by unanimous written consent if an emergency arises.
The Operations Committee meets on a regular basis throughout the year. Meetings are held frequently (usually every other week) during the season and less frequently (monthly or a month may be skipped) during the off-season. This schedule may change as the needs of the Market change.
HOW IS THE MARKET FUNDED?
The Market receives the majority of its funding from vendors who pay a fee monthly or annually. Additional funding is received from local businesses that contribute money, goods and/or services to the Market. The Market receives no federal, state, county or local government support other than technical assistance provided by the Delaware Department of Agriculture. It is the only market in the State of Delaware that does not receive some level of governmental funding.
All funds received are used to support Market activities. The Market has no paid staff. Examples of expenses include: music and entertainment, advertising, liability as well as officer and director insurance, printing and copying, supplies and equipment, and website maintenance. The Market retains emergency funds on hand in an amount sufficient to support the Market for approximately one year. After expenses have been paid, the Market makes contributions each year to organizations providing services that fall within the Market’s purposes and mission.
WHERE IS THE MARKET LOCATED?
There are several criteria the Board looks for in choosing a location. These include, but may not be limited to:
- An area or lot not subject to flooding,
- Ample parking for customers, vendors and volunteers,
- Availability of electricity; and
- Support by the property owner. Additionally, the lot chosen should be located within the corporate limits of Milton.
Currently the Market is located at 6 Village Center Boulevard in Milton, on property owned by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. The Market started on the grounds of the Milton Historical Society and moved to its present location in 2016.
WHEN DOES THE MARKET START AND FINISH A SEASON AND WHAT ARE ITS HOURS?
The Market season generally begins the third week in April and runs through the first Friday in October.
During its tenure, the Market has tried several different start and end times. Based on past performance, current hours are set as 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHAT IS THE MARKET’S CANCELATION POLICY?
HOW ARE VENDORS CHOSEN AND WHY DO SOME LEAVE?
Information regarding vendor regulations may be found here. Potential vendors are asked to read the regulations to be sure their products fit within the requirements. Once a vendor has decided it meets the requirements, an Application is submitted. Applications are considered by the Operations Committee at its next scheduled meeting. If all conditions are met, an Application will be approved. Vendors who continue to meet the Regulations agreed to in the Application stay for the season. Vendors who stop meeting the requirements agreed to in the Application are warned of their non-compliance. Continued non-compliance will result in the vendor being removed from the Market.
Sometimes during a season, a vendor may leave for reasons other than the above. It may be because their business plan has changed, they are unable to find reliable staffing, or any other personal or business related situation. These may also be reasons for not applying for attendance during a new season.