Tomatoes ripe and ready at farmers market

August 12, 2014

Tomatoes were the star of the show Aug. 9 at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market.

Thousands of people attended the market for the 8th annual Tomato Festival. The event featured sample plates, a recipe competition and an opportunity to guess the number of tomatoes in a jar. Entertaining children was Maureen Miller from the Lewes Public Library, who read a tomato-themed book.

Taking top honors in the recipe contest was Becky Hamill, whose yellow gazpacho wowed the judges. Taking second was a tomato jam cookie made by Harry Keyser and third place went to Richard Scalenghe for his triple tomato salad. The competition featured 11 entries, which were split into three categories: appetizer or soup, dessert or drink and entree.

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through Sept. 27 at the Lewes Historical Society complex on Shipcarpenter Street. From Oct. 4 through Nov. 22, the market will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Shields Elementary School. For more information, go to