The Historic Lewes Farmers Market presents the very best of mid-June fresh produce this Saturday, June 15. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon 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.
In addition to local honey, patrons will be thrilled to see their summer favorites, and this week specials include Red Norland new potatoes, fava beans, English and snap peas, gluten-free cheesecakes, garlic scapes and pork breakfast links. Customers will find all of these and even more of the freshest fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, chicken, eggs, milk, yogurt and more.
The HLFM newsletter, sent to patrons on Thursdays during the market season, has local and national news, and features picks of the week. To receive the HLFM newsletter, email email@example.com to be added to the HLFM subscription list.
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 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 HLFM presents a weekly demonstration as part of the market’s educational series. This week’s demonstration by Dave Baues of Baues’ Busy Bees answers questions about bees in celebrating National Pollinator Week. Given the current concerns about Colony Collapse Disorder, Baues’ presentation - titled The Life Cycle of the Hive and the Life Cycle of the Bee - could not be more timely. Baues will have on hand an empty hive, hive tools, a veil (what he wears when working with the bees) and, weather permitting, an observation hive. Among other honey products, Baues' Busy Bees, a long-time market vendor, offers bee pollen, a high protein food supplement that helps people suffering from pollen allergies.
The Children’s Reading Program, an important aspect of HLFM’s efforts to help children learn about healthy eating and nutrition, will feature Maureen Miller, children’s librarian from Lewes Public Library, reading "Ten Seeds" by Ruth Brown. "Ten Seeds" tells the story of the plant cycle in a delightful, thoughtful way. Children will watch the journey of 10 seeds planted in the garden as various creatures - one ant, one mouse, one pigeon, and others - encounter the seeds. Although only one magnificent flower blooms from the 10 seeds, the flower drops 10 seeds and the cycle begins anew. Miller will read "Ten Seeds" to the gathered children at 9 a.m. in the School House.
HLFM has adopted a policy that pets (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted at its farmers market.
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.