Summer is in full swing as the beach communities celebrate sun, sand, and fresh fruits and vegetables! The Historic Lewes Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 8, on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society at 110 Shipcarpenter St. at the corner of West Third and Shipcarpenter streets. The HLFM is the largest producer-only market in Delaware, again named Best Farmers Market by Delaware Today.
Starting this year, the market is processing SNAP, EBT Food Stamps. To help lower economic barriers to local healthy food, the HLFM will match up to $10 in SNAP with HLFM “Bonus Bucks.” SNAP participants are encouraged to go to the SNAP Information Tent at the market to redeem their Bonus Bucks.
This week’s market will feature all the best of June’s fresh produce - fruits and vegetables of the season for every taste, beach bag and dining menu await. The market’s wide variety of vendors offer produce, meat, chicken, lamb, dairy products and a vast array of other agricultural offerings. Specific types and varieties of fresh meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, flowers and plants are listed by vendor in the HLFM newsletter sent to patrons on the first Thursday of the month during the market season, and on the HLFM Facebook page. The newsletters also will highlight featured vendors and selected produce. To receive the HLFM newsletter, email the HLFM at firstname.lastname@example.org and be added to the HLFM subscription list.
As market regulars know, the HLFM presents a weekly demonstration as part of the market’s educational series. The demonstration takes place at the kitchen area of the LHS grounds at 10 a.m. This week’s demonstration features Ian Crandall of Lewes’s Kindle Restaurant. Crandall will instruct how to use fresh ingredients from the market to make a succulent paillard of Pure Farms chicken, Davidson’s “hens of the woods” mushrooms in beurre blanc, and Black Hog’s greens and herbs in sherry vinaigrette.
Crandall’s culinary talents are well-known among Kindle patrons. ince 2006, he has been showcasing local seasonal produce on Kindle’s varied menu. Taking comfort food to the next level, Crandall executes a seasonal American menu that uses traditional French methods (a nod to his training at L’Academie de Cuisine) while focusing on simple presentation and fresh ingredients.
The Children’s Reading Program, an important aspect of the HLFM’s efforts to help children learn about healthy eating and nutrition, will feature Maureen Miller, children’s librarian from the Lewes Public Library, reading "To Market, To Market" by Anne Miranda. Listeners will recall the classic rhyme “to market, to market to buy a fat pig,” But what happens when that pig escapes and takes up residence in the kitchen, joined by the lamb on the bed, the cow on the couch, and the rest of the animals wreaking havoc throughout the house? Miller will read to the gathered children at 9 a.m. in the School House.
This year, American Farmland Trust has a new “I Love my Farmers Market Celebration.” The celebration raises national awareness about local farmers markets and puts money directly in the pockets of family farmers. Consumers can pledge dollars they intend to spend at the market. For more information, go to www.farmland.org.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market has adopted a policy that pets, with the exception of service animal, are not permitted at its farmers market. Market patrons, including many dog owners, have expressed their support for the policy. The HLFM thanks all for their understanding and support of this necessary policy.
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.