Historic Lewes Farmers Market celebrates Fourth of July weekend July 5

July 1, 2014

The Fourth of July weekend is cause for celebration and what better way to enjoy this holiday weekend than a picnic at the beach or on the patio featuring the region’s best summer produce and some real home-made ice cream?  At the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Saturday, July 5, customers will find the freshest produce Delmarva has to offer as well as meat, fish, chicken, freshly laid eggs, breads, milk, yogurt, ice cream, plants, herbs, and more as well as fresh flowers for the table. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society, 110 Shipcarpenter St. at the corner of West Third and Shipcarpenter streets. The HLFM is the largest producer-only market in Delaware.

Saturday is Bike to Market Day -  the day that everyone who can ride a bike (or walk) to the market is asked to do so. The market continues its tradition of beginning the free Annual Bike Raffle on Bike to Market Day.  The bike this year is a 2014 Phat Sea Breeze Deluxe, Black Cherry Red Single Speed Cruiser. The 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. 30 (Labor Day Weekend). Market patrons can enter every Saturday they come to the market. From 9 a.m. tov noon, Douglas Gayeton, the author of a book titled"Local: The New Face of Food and Farming in America" will sign his book at the market's book table. The author has taken photographs of farmers, fishermen, educators and others involved in the sustainability movement and the pictures help demystify today's food-making processes and basic terms. The Market has an entire table to help spread the word about eating locally, making Delaware farmland more sustainable, and much more.

The fun and popular Children's Reading Program at the market takes place 9 to 10 a.m. every Saturday at the School House. The Lewes Public Library is sponsoring this, and Maureen Miller, children's librarian, reads the stories and does projects with the kids, ages 3 to 8, but all children are welcome and encouraged to attend with their parents. This week, in keeping with the market theme, the featured book is "Growing Vegetable Soup" by Lois Ehlert.  The book’s colorful illustrations are perfect for kids. And, there’s even a vegetable soup recipe!

At  10 a.m., Bob Miller from the market's Nice Farms Creamery will demonstrate at the kitchen on how he makes his ice cream the old-fashioned way using a hit-and-miss engine that churns the cream. He will be handing out small samples of what he churns to the audience.  Miller makes his ice cream from milk from the creamery's  herd of Holsteins and Holstein crosses.

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