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Feb. 5 - Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market to Return for Spring 2019 Session at a New Location and Under New Management

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 5, 2019 - The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market, an artisan and farmers’ market for Savannah’s island communities and the general public, will return for its Spring 2019 session on Saturday, March 2 at a new location and under the sponsorship of local real estate firm ENGEL & VÖLKERS Savannah.

In November 2018, the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market’s all-volunteer team sought out organizations, companies and dedicated individuals interested in managing the market, which has been in operation since 2012. ENGEL & VÖLKERS Savannah license partners Richard “Dicky” Mopper and Jessica Kelly offered to staff the market with volunteers and manage the weekly event so that islands’ residents and visitors would not lose their beloved community gathering place.

“Every day, we showcase some of Savannah’s finest homes, but what makes those homes so wonderful, especially the island homes, is the thriving community that surrounds them,” Dicky Mopper says. “We are excited to get involved and expand on the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market’s success by making minor organizational changes that still maintain the heart and spirit of this one-of-a-kind market.”    

In an effort to be more inclusive of the entire geographic area the family-friendly market serves, the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market will now be referred to as the Islands Farmers’ Market, offering fresh produce and handcrafted items to residents and visitors of Wilmington, Whitemarsh, Oatland, and Talahi Islands.

The name change also reflects the market’s new location on the property of Lighthouse Baptist Church, conveniently located on the corner of Highway 80 East and Quarterman Drive. Reminiscent of the market’s humble beginnings, long-time patrons will enjoy the familiar ambiance and natural elements, including the grass parking area and shady live oak trees that the new site offers.

Despite the changes, the market will remain a 501(c)3 nonprofit entirely separate from ENGEL & VÖLKERS Savannah. Many of the seasoned volunteers will be returning to their posts this March alongside favorite local vendors, artisans and food trucks. The market will continue to offer free children’s activities and host popular community events on Saturdays throughout its Spring session, running from March through June, and its Fall session, running from September through December.

To learn more about the market, please visit

Farmers, bakers, artisans and vendors looking to sell their completely original products can visit to learn more about requirements and pricing as well as complete a vendor application form. Prospective vendors with questions can contact the market’s Vendor Coordinator, Susan Gilliamsen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 912.656.5626.


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