The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St. at the corner of West Third Street Saturday, Aug. 17. The market will be open from 8 a.m. til noon.
The HLFM continues its educational series of demonstrations this week with two presentations. At 9:30 a.m., Dr. Wendy Carey will discuss Delaware Coastal Hazards - Impacts and Response. Carey is the coastal processes/coastal hazards specialist for the Delaware Sea Grant’s Marine Advisory Service. She works with research scientists, local governments, coastal communities and residents to provide information on topics such as beaches, shoreline erosion, climate change, sea-level rise, coastal storms and coastal hazard preparedness. Carey has a degree in geology from St. Lawrence University and graduate degrees from the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware.
At 10:30 a.m., Chef Ted Deptula will demonstrate his gourmet cooking skills in the kitchen at the Lewes Historical Society. Deptula has worked at Nage in Rehoboth Beach since November 2007 and embraces true artistry in his kitchen. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., he was formerly with the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington and continues the tradition of innovation that Nage customers have come to expect.
The market is now 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.
The summer may be waning for vacationers, but not for the vendors! Their tables will be bursting with summer produce for picnics, dinner parties, casual get-together meals and snacks in between. Choose from summer’s signatures such as fresh corn on the cob, beefy tomatoes, summer squash and a multitude of other offerings including meats, chicken, pork, seafood, breads and pies for dessert. 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. Newsletters for the remainder of the month will highlight featured vendors and selected produce. The newsletter is also posted on the market's Facebook page. To receive the HLFM newsletter, email email@example.com and be added to the HLFM subscription list.
Before joining their parents for the demonstrations and more shopping at the market, younger patrons will be bedazzled by Maureen Miller, children’s librarian from Lewes Public Library, at the Children’s Reading Program. Miller will read "Up, Down and Around" by Katherine Ayers. This richly illustrated volume uses a rhythmic text to narrate the natural cycle that gives gardens’ bounty.
The market continues the Annual Bike Raffle tradition. This year, the bike is a 2013 Electra Coaster 3i three-speed cruiser. It is a bright green flash color and has whitewall tires and a cushy white seat. The big bell sounds like a doorbell, and, of course, the bike comes with an easy-release basket that can be taken to market. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday, Aug. 31. Market patrons can enter every Saturday they come to market.
This year, American Farmland Trust has a new celebration of farms. It is called I Love My Farmers Market - a celebration to raise national awareness about local farmers markets and put money directly in the pockets of family farmers. This celebration replaces the America's Favorite Farmers Market contest. The top three most celebrated markets from each state will receive special recognition. Help the HLFM be No. 1 in Delaware! Throughout the celebration, market patrons pledge dollars they intend to spend at their local farmers markets. Pledges can be cast once a day. A pledge equals commitment to put $10 in the pockets of family farmers. Go to www.farmland.org and click on I Love My Farmers Market.
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.