HARRINGTON — Harrington-area residents have a new option for their farmers market and entertainment needs.
On June 11, Peter and Lynn Robinson, who own Blue Hen Foods next to the Salty Wave Seafood Market, opened the Harrington Farmers Market with a ribbon-cutting ceremony organized by city of Harrington leaders.
“This is something that we’ve thought about and have worked on for a while,” said Mr. Robinson on their opening day.
The couple wanted to create a space where people can come together, find some good deals, and have a nice day out.
Weekly, the Harrington Farmers Market will feature about 10 vendors, from produce to small gift sellers. The market will also have multiple food trucks with offerings including barbecue, ice cream, and Asian and Mexican fare, Mr. Robinson said.
The market is connected to the Robinsons other businesses — Miracle Thrift Shop, Blue Hen Foods Sweet Treats and their main business Blue Hen Foods.
Located at 97 Clark St. in Harrington, the market shares a parking lot with the Salty Wave, which is participating in the weekly market, Mr. Robinson said.
City of Harrington officials will block off traffic in a couple of adjacent side streets on market days.
Harrington Mayor Duane E. Bivans was on hand on June 11 to celebrate the new Harrington-based venture.
“We’ve been closed behind doors for quite some time now, due to the pandemic. But we still have to move forward, we’re still trying to move forward. This is just another example of a business fighting through the elements and bringing new businesses to town, bringing new people into town, giving them a place that they can come to, and get the necessities that they need, without going to the larger stores,” he said.
Mayor Bivens said he was excited about the market opening in the city and hopes it is the start of a trend of more businesses coming to the area.
“This is what we need in today’s environment. we’re happy to have (The Harrington Farmers Market) and hopefully other businesses who are thinking about doing something will consider Harrington because we’re ready to grow,” he said.
Ms. Robinson said the couple have plans to expand the market and potentially open on Friday evenings with live music in the future.