At the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Saturday, July 26, customers will find the freshest produce Delmarva has to offer, including 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 at 110 Shipcarpenter St. The HLFM is the largest producer-only market in Delaware, again named Best Farmers Market by Delaware Today.
The HLFM will present Lewes’ own Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery at Saturday’s 10 a.m. demonstration. He will discuss Dogfish Head's music-inspired series of beers, and market patrons will have the opportunity to sample Rosabi, Sixty-One, Bitches Brew and Positive Contact.
To help celebrate National Farmers Market Week, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market will host its 8th Annual Tomato Festival Saturday, Aug. 9, on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society. HLFM vendors will have an extraordinary array of delicious local tomatoes just picked and ready for the table. Patrons will have the opportunity to taste over 60 different varieties of ripe, juicy Delmarva tomatoes at vendors' tents.
There will also be face painting and the market's version of Corn Hole - Tomato Hole - for children, guess the number of cherry tomatoes, and the very popular Great Tomato Recipe Contest. Prizes will be awarded to recipe contest winners. Forms to enter the contest are available at the market this Saturday, on the market's website at historiclewesfarmersmarket.org and via a link in the market's weekly newsletter.
To receive the HLFM newsletter or for an entry form, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The market continues its tradition of a free Annual Bike Raffle. The bike this year is a 2014 Phat Sea Breeze Deluxe Single Speed Cruiser. The bike comes with an easy-release basket that can be taken to market. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday, Aug. 30. Market patrons can enter every Saturday they come to the market, so they should come often and their chances of winning get better. The winner will be breezing by the beach in no time on this cruiser.
The fun and popular Children's Reading Program at the market takes place 9-10 a.m. every Saturday at the School House. Maureen Miller, children's librarian from the Lewes Public Library, reads stories and does projects with kids ages 3 to 8, but all children are welcome and encouraged to attend with their parents. This week the featured book is “Oliver’s Fruit Salad” by Vivian French.
The market continues to process SNAP (EBT Food Stamps). To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM will match up to $10 with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants are encouraged to go to the SNAP Information Tent at the market to redeem the Bonus Bucks incentive.
Specific types and varieties of fresh meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, flowers, and plants are listed by vendor in the HLFM newsletter sent to patrons the first Thursday of the month during market season. Newsletters the remainder of the month will highlight featured vendors and selected produce. The market has adopted a policy that pets (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted at the market.
The Board of Directors of the HLFM is committed to supporting farmers and emerging farmers who grow local fruits, vegetables and produce.
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org, or on Facebook.