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Buying a Home: Do You Know the Lingo?

Buying a new home is an exciting event, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of new lingo to learn, especially if you are a first-time homebuyer. Here are a few of the terms you should become familiar with before you begin the process.

Appraisal

Every home being sold should receive an appraisal from a professional, unbiased third party. An appraisal is a determination of the home’s value based on its condition, features, and location. It’s important for two main purposes. First, it lets home buyers know they aren’t paying a great deal more than the home is really worth. Second, it reassures lenders that homebuyers aren’t borrowing more than the home is really worth. This is important because the house serves as collateral in a mortgage.

Closing Costs

Even if you’re new to the home buying process, you are probably familiar with the idea of a down payment (see below). However, many new home buyers aren’t quite sure what closing costs are. “Closing costs” are an umbrella category for any expense in the home buying process that doesn’t include the purchase price of the property. These include expenses associated with the title search, title insurance, lender costs, real estate agent commissions, and taxes. It also includes the homeowner’s insurance. Although closing costs can vary, they generally average about two to five percent of the purchase price of the house.

Note that lenders are legally required to send you a notice within three days of receiving your loan application. This notice should give you an estimate of your closing costs.

Down Payment

The down payment is the amount of money you pay toward the purchase price upon buying the home. The mortgage is the loan that takes care of the remainder of the purchase price. It’s considered standard to pay 20 percent of the purchase price as a down payment — however, most homebuyers don’t actually put that much down. The down payment can be as little as 3% depending upon the mortgage program. Talk to a lender to find out how low your down payment could be.

Pre-Approval

If you obtain pre-approval from a lender, it means you’ve been approved to borrow up to a certain amount of money to buy a home. This will allow you to shop for a new home with confidence. If you’re pre-approved, the lender will give you a pre-approval letter. It states that the lender will approve the loan as soon as you submit the required documents and make an offer on the house.

Still unsure about some of the home buying lingo? No problem! At Montchanin Builders, we make the process smooth and easy. We partner with one of the nation’s most respected mortgage lenders. Their lending professionals work closely with our home buyers to ensure they are knowledgeable and fully informed about each step of the process.

You’ll also find that Montchanin Builders’ homes are surprisingly affordable. Call us today to schedule a viewing of our new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware.

Our move-in ready homes in Delaware are located within beautiful, walkable communities close to nature trails and community amenities. Homesites are still available in Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls, but they won’t last so call soon!

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Hot Spots to Hit During Wilmington Beer Week

When the leaves start to turn in the fall, it means one thing: it’s time for Wilmington Beer Week! Head downtown between November 4 and November 9, 2019, to take advantage of some incredible craft beer selections and special events, like tap takeovers, beer dinners, and celebrity brewers!

BBC Tavern & Grill

This popular stop is found at 4019 Kennett Pike. It’s a hip and casual tavern that offers everything from comfort food to light salads. Enjoy your craft beer by the roaring fireplace or, if it’s a warm evening, take it to the outdoor patio. For Beer Week, they are hosting a tap takeover.

The BBC Tavern & Grill actually began life as a brewery. Originally called the Brandywine Brewing Company Restaurant and Brewery, this unique local hotspot brewed its own beer right at the location and served pairings with scratch-made meals. When it was time for them to move, the new location didn’t have enough room for the brewery, but the tavern still serves up delicious food.

Chelsea Tavern

You’ll find Chelsea Tavern at 821 North Market Street. This local favorite is hosting an event for every day of Beer Week! Join them on Monday night for Monday Night Firkin and a pint of the “official Wilmington Beer Week brew”— Out & About Oyster Stout. Tuesday is trivia night, Wednesday is “Around the World in 5 Beers,” and so on.

Ernest & Scott Taproom

Visit the Ernest & Scott Taproom at 902 N. Market Street. They offer traditional American pub cuisine by executive chef Dominic Fauser. During Beer Week, all beers are half-priced with the purchase of an entrée (limit of three half-priced beers per entrée). The chef recommends pairing the sweet and smokey baby back ribs with a Founders All Day IPA.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Visit this popular brewery at 710 Justison Street (formerly known as South Madison Street). They offer delicious, contemporary American cuisine. For Beer Week, you can take advantage of their $8 Wilmington Beer Week Flight, which includes Das Boot, Philly Special, Oktoberfest, and Out & About Oyster Stout.

Homes for sale near Wilmington, DE

The fantastic festivals and other exciting local events are just one more reason why Wilmington, Delaware is a great place to live. If you’re in the market for new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware, be sure to check out the home sites available at Montchanin Builders. We are a premier building company that creates master-planned communities. Our walkable neighborhoods feature beautifully designed homes built by master craftsmen.

Call us today to schedule a tour of new homes in northern Delaware, or to discuss special financing offers. Be sure to ask us how you can get $15,000 off on select homesites at Darley Green!

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New Research Says That Homeowners Are Happy, While Renters Regret Not Buying

Does owning your own home make you happier? Research says yes! There are so many perks to homeownership that it’s hard to compare it to renting. Both renting and owning your own home give you a place to live, but the similarities really end there. Here’s a look at the surveys supporting the case for homeownership over renting.

Bank of America survey of homeowners and renters

The results of a recent Bank of America survey of homeowners and renters indicate that most home buyers are much happier with their home compared to renters. One question on the survey was: “Does owning a home make you happier than renting did?” Of the respondents, 93% answered “yes!” Another question was: “Could you go back to renting after owning?” For this question, 83% of the respondents answered “no.”

The Bank of America survey also asked questions like, “Has becoming a homeowner made you a better person?” This prompted 79% of respondents to answer “yes.” Most of them pursued new hobbies after buying their own home, such as landscaping and gardening, interior design, and cooking, baking, or grilling. Homeowners also stated that owning their own home has given them a strong sense of pride, allowed them to entertain more, and brought their family together under one roof.

In addition, homeowners cited an improved quality of their social life and better financial well-being as being important reasons to own a home. They also largely agreed that, since a house is a place where memories are made, homeownership is priceless.

Zillow survey of renters

Zillow conducted a similar survey, but they focused on renters. Their survey found that renters have significantly more regrets about their housing situation than homeowners. A full 45% of renters regret renting instead of buying—compared to just 8% of homeowners who regret taking out a mortgage instead of paying monthly rent.

Some of the top reasons why renters are so dissatisfied, according to the survey, is that they don’t have the opportunity to build equity in an investment, they cannot personalize their rental home or improve upon it, and they don’t have adequate outdoor space.

Renters also regretted the rent being so high, the small size of their rental homes, not having enough parking space, having restrictions on pet caretaking, and not liking their neighbors.

Find your dream home in Delaware today!

When you’re ready to ditch the monthly rent check, you can explore our beautiful new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware. Montchanin Builders is a premier builder of luxuriously appointed townhomes and condominiums. Our meticulously planned communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls feature wide open, green spaces, neighborhood gathering areas, and close proximity to local amenities like great schools, shops, and restaurants.

All of our move-in ready homes in Delaware are exquisitely designed and built by our expert craftsmen.

You can explore fantastic financing offers available today! Call Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour!

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What Is a Forced Savings Plan and Why Do Homeowners Rave About It?

If you’ve been looking for ways to build up your savings or work toward being able to retire someday, buying a move-in ready home in Delaware may not be the first move that springs to mind. After all, a mortgage will take up a large portion of your earnings. However, taking out a mortgage is actually one of the smartest financial decisions you can make. Here’s why financially savvy Americans are raving about this “forced savings plan.”

The problem with renting

Long-term renters may experience the frustration of paying hundreds, if not thousands each month to a landlord, and yet still being unable to call their home truly “theirs.” Each time you write a rent check, you’re enriching your landlord, but not yourself. You do not own any part of your rental apartment or house. When you move out, you’ll have nothing to show for your efforts except perhaps a lightened bank account. In other words, renting your home builds equity for your landlord, but not for you.

The benefits of a forced savings plan

On the other hand, taking out a mortgage is like paying yourself back over time. You will gradually build equity in your own home with each mortgage payment you make. The more equity you have, the more of your home you’ll own free and clear. In other words, by the time you pay back $100,000 of your mortgage, you’ll have that much in equity that you could draw from, similar to a savings account. Although equity isn’t liquid, it could actually figure into your retirement savings plan. Many retirees decide to downsize at this stage in life by selling their houses and moving into a smaller house or a retirement community. If you own all the equity in your home free and clear, you’ll get a nice fat check when you’re ready to downsize.

Another crucial benefit of taking out a mortgage instead of renting is payment stabilization. Your rent is subject to being increased at the end of every lease term—and quite a few landlords raise the rent regularly. On the other hand, if you take out a fixed-term mortgage, your interest rate will stay the same and so will your monthly payment. It’s an extra form of financial security in an uncertain world.

Find your dream home in Delaware today and begin saving!

If you’re ready to take on a mortgage in order to build up equity and improve your financial health, it’s time to take a look at the gorgeous homes for sale by Montchanin Builders. Our architects and expert craftsmen take pride in building beautiful new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware. With generous floor plans and luxurious features, our homes are in high demand—so schedule your visit today!

Take a tour of our walkable neighborhoods of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Fall in love with the nearby amenities, like pristine state land, well-maintained parks, restaurants, and so much more! Get in touch today and be sure to ask us about our special financing offers!

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Romantic Fall Getaways Near Wilmington, DE

There’s no need to wait until Valentine’s Day to have a romantic getaway. In Delaware, the fall foliage is simply stunning, and it creates the perfect setting for couples to fall in love with each other all over again. If you’ve purchased a home from Montchanin Builders in one of the planned communities near Wilmington, DE, you’ll have easy access to plenty of romantic destinations nearby, such as the following.

Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach is like a slice of California coastline right in Delaware. This sunny, sandy retreat is perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway at any time of the year. During the fall, the temperatures are moderate enough to allow for long, relaxing walks along the beach. Then, head indoors for a couple’s massage at one of the local day spas. Enjoy fine dining and a theatrical production later in the evening. If you decide to turn your trip into a weekend getaway, there are plenty of hotels in the area. Before you head back to Wilmington, stop by the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market.

Wilmington and Western Railroad: The Autumn Leaf Special

What’s more romantic than a train ride through the countryside? Perhaps a train ride through the countryside at the peak of the fall foliage season. The Wilmington and Western Railroad has been in operation in Delaware since 1966. You and your partner have two train rides to choose from. On weekends, you could choose the 1.5-hour round trip to the Mount Cuba Picnic Grove. Or, go on the 2.5-hour round trip to Hockessin. If you’d rather take your getaway during the weekday, there are some 1.5-hour round trips offered to the Mount Cuba Picnic Grove during select days of the week.

Each trip features a half-hour layover at the destination. The picnic spot is a scenic location along the banks of the Red Clay Creek. Lunch is available for purchase at the Greenbank Station or you can pack your own. In Hockessin, there are several eateries near the track, where you can purchase a meal for the return ride back.

Lancaster County, PA

Lancaster County, PA is only a short drive away from Wilmington, Delaware, and it’s well worth the ride. A visit to Dutch country makes the perfect romantic fall getaway. In Lancaster County, thousands of Amish live an old-fashioned lifestyle. You’ll see plenty of horses and buggies on the road, and windmills scattered across a picturesque landscape. You can take a tour in a buggy, enjoy authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, and shop for handmade Amish goods. It’s also the right time of year to pick your own fruit at the famed Pennsylvania apple orchards!

New construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware

There’s a lot to fall in love with at the masterfully planned communities designed by Montchanin Builders. The walkable communities are full of friendly neighbors and close to local amenities like nature trails, state parkland, and fantastic school systems. Plus, these move-in ready homes in Delaware are luxuriously appointed! Call Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour or to ask us about our special financing offers—including $15,000 toward your purchase on select homesites at Darley Green!

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4 Real Estate Reality TV Show Myths Revealed

If you’re in the market for a new home, you may be getting a lot of inspiration and ideas from the many reality TV shows about buying and fixing up real estate. These programs are undoubtedly a lot of fun to watch, but you may be left with more than a few unrealistic expectations about how the home buying process really works. Cut through the showbiz hype and set the record straight with these four real estate reality TV show myths explained.

While buying your perfect dream home may not be a 30-minute endeavor as portrayed on TV, Montchanin Builders makes the process as easy and drama-free as possible with a variety of innovative, spacious floor plans to choose from and industry-leading financing options. Call today to schedule a tour of our luxurious and affordable new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware!

Myth #1: Buyers are touring real homes for sale on the market.

“The [homes] we looked at weren’t even for sale,” recalled former Hooked on Houses participant Bobi Jensen. “They were just our two friends’ houses who were nice enough to madly clean for days in preparation for the cameras,” she added.

Writer Elizabeth Newcamp has been on House Hunters twice. She explained, “The houses we toured for the show were not for sale. Our small city of Delft had very little housing turnover. As a result, we visited two properties that were listed for rent on Airbnb. They did, to be fair, reflect the types of homes and features you would find in Delft.”

Myth #2: Buyers are still considering which house they’d like to buy.

Shows like Property Brothers aren’t necessarily as interested in helping buyers find the home of their dreams as they are in getting juicy material for TV, which means choosing participants based on how screen-worthy their personalities are, and capturing personal dramas and conflicts that may be more staged than spontaneous. According to this Reddit thread from a prospective cast member, most of the clients on these reality TV shows have already selected a home before the program begins filming, and many of them are already living there.

In a statement, HGTV admitted: “We’ve learned that the pursuit of the perfect home involves big decisions that usually take place over a prolonged period of time – more time than we can capture in 30 minutes of television.” With their TV series, they hope that audiences will “enjoy the vicarious and entertaining experience of choosing a home.” They add that when “making a television show,” they must manage certain production and time constraints – so, in essence, they can’t really portray reality.

Myth #3: Buyers make a purchase after touring three homes.

When you need a new roof or caterer, you might interview three candidates to choose the best with due diligence. Fans of HGTV’s House Hunters might be persuaded to think this general rule of thumb translates to home shopping. However, the reality, according to the National Association of Realtors, is that the average home buyer tours 10 properties in the search for “home sweet home.”

Myth #4: An ugly duckling fixer-upper can be easily transformed into a dream home.

On shows like Flip or Flop, Masters of Flip, and Flipping Vegas, they make it look easy to renovate a nightmare home into a desirable abode. Professionals in the renovation business say it takes experienced contractors a week to do what house flippers accomplish in “a day.” Often, the house flippers on the show under-value the cost or over-improve, veering from the initial estimates given for television. The reality is closer to over $100,000 spent and months of being without a home while the noisy, dirty work is done. Worse yet, the perceived profitability come resale time is really not there for the vast majority of these properties.

Looking for a New Home in Delaware?

We enjoy watching many of these shows and sometimes they do provide valuable insights into the homebuying process, as well as true inspiration for those who are seeking their dream home. Make your dream a reality by contacting Montchanin Builders to schedule a viewing of our beautiful, affordably-priced move-in ready homes in Delaware. Our gorgeous new construction homes are packed with desirable features in neighborhoods where you can thrive. Make sure to ask about financing options and special deals for first-time buyers!

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Cool Ways to Beat the Heat in Wilmington DE

Those who live in Delaware have come to expect high temperatures in late summer. Thankfully, there are tons of fun and interesting ways to beat the heat! Interested in buying a home in Wilmington, DE? From water parks and beaches to hip restaurants, craft brews, and great shopping, Wilmington gives you access to all kinds of uniquely cool ways to escape the summer heat.

Aquatic Adventures

A day in, on, or near the water is a late-summer staple in Delaware. There are incredible beaches on the ocean and the bay, like Cape Henlopen in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Dewey Beach, where you can enjoy water activities from paddleboarding and jet skiing to swimming, or just relaxing on the sand.

There are also plenty of unique water parks. Check out Jungle Jims, Thunder Lagoon, or Killens Pond for water slides, lazy rivers, and plenty of cooling water.

Wilmington is also brimming with public pools and public spray parks that are not only free but also are great for kids of all ages. You can visit spray parks like Helen Chambers Park or Brown Park in the morning, and hit up public pools like Foster Brown Pool and Dupont Pool in the afternoons.

Hot Restaurants With Ice Cold A/C

Wilmington is home to a great food scene, with new restaurants popping up all the time. Take a break from the heat in an air-conditioned eatery on the Wilmington Riverfront, or take a gastronomic journey on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

If desserts are more your thing, be sure to visit UDairy or Mug & Spoon for a sweet and refreshing ice cream sundae or milkshake.

Chill Out With A Cold One

Craft breweries are taking over the country, and Delaware is no exception. There are tons of craft and microbreweries to visit in the Wilmington area, each offering frosty beverages with unique flavor profiles. Check out the Delaware on Tap app for a digital guide to the local breweries. The app even gives out prizes the more stops you make.

Take A Shopping Break

Malls and stores are known for pumping in crisp, air-conditioned air. Beat the heat and pick up some cool new outfits, gadgets, or gifts along the way in one of Wilmington’s many malls. Tanger Outlets is all about great deals on major brands, while Christiana Mall is full of upscale shops and boutiques. You can also take a stroll down Milford, Newark, or Dover streets for unique-to-Delaware finds and deals.

New homes in northern Delaware

No matter the season, there are always lots of extraordinary things to do and see in Wilmington, DE. Montchanin Builders offers a range of new homes in northern Delaware that will place you right in the heart of this adventure-filled, recreation-rich city. Call us today to schedule a viewing of one of our luxurious and affordable move-in ready homes, or to learn more about our special financing deals!

Additional resources for homebuyers in Delaware:

  1. Visit Delaware, Cool Ways to Beat The Heat, https://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/seasons/summer/cool-ways-to-beat-the-heat-in-delaware/
  2. Delaware Online, Places To Cool Off In Delaware, https://delawareonline.com/story/news/2019/07/18/excessive-heat-places-cool-off-delaware-hot-and-humid-weather-lingers/1763736001/
  3. Visit Wilmington, Things To Do, https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/things-to-do/

5 Easy Home Staging Tips

If you have outgrown your starter home, or you’re just ready for an upgrade or a new location, you’ll undoubtedly want to get the highest possible price when selling your home. It’s always a good idea to do a thorough evaluation of your home and to perform any recommended repairs. Once your home is in tip-top shape, you can use the following home staging tips to make your house more appealing to buyers.

Know where to focus your efforts

It can be expensive and time-consuming to completely stage all of the rooms in your home. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Put the most amount of effort into staging the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom, as these rooms are most important for buyers. If you have time to spare, go back and stage the other rooms afterward.

De-personalize the house

Every room in the house should be de-personalized as much as possible. In other words, the items you use for staging the house should be stylish or charming, but they shouldn’t seem like personal items. This allows potential buyers to envision themselves in the space. Use the following tips for de-personalizing the space:

  • Take family photos off the wall, mantel, and shelves.
  • Remove pictures, magnets, and other items from the surface of the fridge.
  • Clear the bathroom counters of all personal items.
  • Remove artwork that doesn’t have widespread appeal.

You should also remove as much clutter from your home as possible. Consider renting a portable storage unit and stowing your belongings in there until the home is sold. This is a better solution than simply storing belongings out of sight, as buyers will be opening closets and cupboards to check out the storage space.

Select neutral colors

Choosing your own paint colors is one of the many perks of owning your own home, rather than renting. However, if you’ve indulged in bright, vibrant wall colors, you’ll likely need to repaint before you put your home on the market. Paint over brightly colored walls with neutral shades of white, taupe, or light gray.

Add fresh touches

Ahead of your open house weekend, it’s a good idea to add some fresh touches to the rooms. Place a bowl of fresh citrus fruits in the kitchen. Add a couple of potted plants to the living room and place a vase of flowers in the foyer.

Brighten the rooms

Another last-minute touch before your open house event is to let in as much light as possible. Open all the blinds and curtains. Turn on all the lights, even if your showing is during the day. If the closets have lights, turn those on too. You don’t want prospective buyers fumbling around to find the right switch.

Looking for new homes in northern Delaware?

After investing time and energy into fixing up and staging your old home, the last thing you’ll want to do is buy a fixer-upper that needs lots of work. Instead, check out the collection of move-in ready homes available from Montchanin Builders. Our new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware are built with exquisite attention to detail. Give us a call today at 302.472.7212 to schedule a viewing in our walkable neighborhoods of Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

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Amazing Things to Do in Delaware That Are Totally Free

There are a lot of reasons why residents of Delaware love this hidden gem of a state. Buying a new home in Delaware gives you access to all sorts of fun and free things to do, right here in Wilmington and beyond. You can go see a shipwreck from the 18th century—no scuba diving required!—and perhaps even find an artifact on the beach. Or, check out a nature center, art gallery, or history museum—all practically in your backyard.

Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck

Hundreds or perhaps thousands of ships are thought to have sunk off the coast of Delaware, but only a few have been explored. One of the shipwrecks to have been discovered recently is the Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck. The ship was a British merchant ship that ran aground on a sandbar in 1772.

The ship was discovered in 2004. Dredging operations tossed tons of sand onto Lewes Beach after which people began unearthing artifacts from the wreck. If you walk along Lewes Beach between the Children’s Beach Home and the Yacht Club, you might still find an artifact or two. If you do, please bring them to the Zwaanendal Museum to be identified and documented by the archaeologists working on the project.

Or, if you just want to check out the shipwreck itself, go at low tide to S. Bay Shore Drive, then turn right and drive on to the pay parking lot. Seeing the wreck requires a one-mile hike south of the parking lot.

DuPont Environmental Education Center

Located in Wilmington, the DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) is situated where the river, marsh, and city intersect. There’s no charge to explore the 212 acres of freshwater tidal marsh. Keep your eyes open for turtles, beaver, river otter, and lots of species of birds. The DEEC also features a large ornamental garden near the visitors’ center, along with a 7-mile bike/hike trail.

Mezzanine Gallery

In downtown Wilmington, in the Carvel State Office Building, you will find the Mezzanine Gallery. It features rotating, one-artist exhibitions. All of the featured artists are from Delaware and their mediums vary, including painting, photography, sculptures, crafts, and folk art.

Newark History Museum

You can visit the Newark History Museum free of charge from April through December on Tuesdays and Sundays. It’s located at 429 South College Avenue in Newark, Delaware inside the historic 1877 Pennsylvania Railroad Station building. Railroad enthusiasts love the historic building, and there’s always plenty to see inside. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the historic artifacts that explain the history of Newark.

New homes for sale in Delaware

You can take advantage of all the amazing amenities that Delaware has to offer. Get in touch with Montchanin Builders today to schedule a viewing of one of our move-in ready homes in Delaware. We’ve designed our walkable neighborhoods of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls to be both beautiful and functional, with plenty of green spaces and quick commutes into town. Call our office today to chat about our special financing offers!

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3 Best Farmers’ Markets in Wilmington, Delaware

In the Wilmington, Delaware area, three bustling farmers’ markets routinely bring the best of local agriculture to area residents. Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to support local businesses while also getting access to fresh and delicious produce. There are plenty of good finds at the Delaware Avenue Farmers’ Market, Bellefonte Farmers’ Market, and the Highland Orchards Farm Market.

Delaware Avenue Farmers’ Market

As its name suggests, this farmers’ market is located on Delaware Avenue in Wilmington. It’s open every summer from May through September on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Be sure to check their website before you go, just in case their hours change from season to season.

Here, you’ll find everything you’d expect in a community farmers’ market, including fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers. You’ll also find pasture-raised meats like beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, as well as farm fresh eggs. Some vendors also offer baked goods, including homemade fudge, and specialty foods, including vegan and gluten-free options. At the Jack’s Jams stand, look for their artisanal jams, pickles, and sauerkraut. Carol’s Scents N’Soaps offers fine soaps and body products, and Gage Family Beekeeping has organic honey and more.

Bellefonte Farmers’ Market

The Bellefonte Farmers’ Market is located on Duncan Road in Wilmington, behind the Bellevue Community Center. While their hours are subject to change from year to year, they are generally open every Friday from June through September, with the potential for special events in October.

You’ll find a wide assortment of local vendors here, including stands for fresh vegetables and fruits, and locally made products like baked goods and soaps. This farmers’ market is particularly enticing for kids, as they often feature a giant, inflatable slide. You’ll also find food trucks, music, and kids’ activities, making this farmers’ market more like a semi-permanent block party.

Highland Orchards Farm Market

Highland Orchards is a family-run farm on 1431 Foulk Rd in Wilmington, DE. Although this isn’t a traditional farmers’ market, it is a farm market with plenty of delicious choices. Look for fresh, seasonal, and pesticide-free vegetables and fruits. The selection is primarily sourced from Highland Orchards itself, although products from other, nearby farms are also available. They also offer a variety of dried goods and meats.

Love their selection? Become a CSA member! CSA stands for “community-sponsored agriculture,” and the CSA program at Highlands Orchard allows you to sign up as a subscriber to receive a seasonal mix of produce on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. That means that every week you can get a customized mix of fruits and veggies you love, including eggplant, English peas, basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, peaches, and much more. Additional options include meats, preserves, and baked goods.

Looking for new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware?

Check out the exquisitely planned communities of Montchanin Builders, including The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green. Take advantage of the buyer-friendly Wilmington, DE real estate market and tour our exquisite, affordable move-in ready homes today. Our walkable neighborhoods are close to all the best that Delaware has to offer, including the vibrant farmers’ market scene in the Wilmington area.

Contact Montchanin Builders today to request a viewing. Don’t forget to ask us about our special financing offers!

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