The HLFM Fall Market continues this Saturday, Oct. 19, with more than 20 vendors. From 9 a.m. to noon, the market will be held in the parking lot of Shields Elementary School at the intersection of Savannah Road and Sussex Drive. The market will continue at Shields each Saturday morning through Nov. 23. The HLFM is the largest producer-only market in Delaware, recently named the top celebrated Farmers Market in Delaware by American Farmland Trust.
Despite last Saturday's weather, the fall market vendors were there to greet patrons with their fall offerings, including curly kale, oak leaf lettuce, tall top beets, white hayman heirloom sweet potatoes, burgundy okra, buttercup squash, freshly-laid eggs, yogurt, and much more. In fact, many of the small local farmers in the market planted special crops so that an abundance of produce would be available for the HLFM in October and November. Thanksgiving turkeys can be ordered as well. Market organizers want to remind patrons that the market is open rain or shine.
The market is continuing to process 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.
Specific types and varieties of fresh meat, seafood, 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. Newsletters the remainder of the month will highlight featured vendors and selected produce. To receive the HLFM newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org. Find them too on Facebook.