It's peak time for melons at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. Watermelons, cantaloupes, Piel de Sapo Spanish melons, snow leopard Japanese gayo melons, Amy canary melons and other juicy, sweet, specialty melon favorites will appear at the market from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 13. Red and other color peppers are plentiful, and beets, potatoes, carrots, basil, tomatoes and more are at their peak.
There are two special programs at the Saturday market. At 9 a.m., Maureen Miller, children's librarian from Lewes Public Library will read "Up, Down and Around" by Katherine Ayers. All children and their adults are welcome to come to Children's Story Time, a partnership program between the HLFM and the Lewes Public Library. The Story Time Tent is near the children's playground at the park. At 10 a.m., Judy Hansen from Lewes in Bloom will demonstrate container gardening and give tips on gardening in the Mid-Atlantic. Lewes in Bloom is a three-time winner of the America in Bloom Award for towns with a population under 5,000. This organization is responsible for beautiful public gardens and much of the public container gardening in town, making Lewes one of the of the prettiest towns in the United States.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market recently opened a second producer-only market from 8 to 11 a.m., Wednesdays at Kings Highway and Crooked Hammock Way. The larger Saturday market is open every Saturday at George H. P. Smith Park, at the corner of Johnson and Dupont avenues. There is lots of parking for that location at the Shields Elementary School and Lewes School parking lots, just off the corner of Savannah Road and Sussex Drive and a short walk to the market. For customers not able to walk that far there is a drop-off and pick-up entrance in the circle in front of the Fred Thomas Building on Dupont Avenue next to the park. The HLFM Veggie Valet service also helps customers carry bags and melons back to the school parking lots. This valet service is right outside the HLFM Information Tent.
The market offers SNAP (EBT Food Stamps) program at the Saturday market. To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM matches up to $20 for each participant each week with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants are encouraged to come to the SNAP tent at the market to pick up the bonus $20 in tokens to use at the market. For more information, go to www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org or call 302-644-1436.