The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 23, at The Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St. at the corner of West Third and Shipcarpenter streets in Lewes.
The HLFM continues its educational series of demonstrations this week with two terrific presentations. At 9 a.m., Nancy Chirdon Foster, owner of Verde the Italian Cooking School and a vendor at the market, will share her love of cooking all things Italian by demonstrating how easy it is to cook great meals for family and friends. The ingredients are easy to find and based on local, seasonal products. Foster will prepare fresh egg pasta that she will stuff and fold into ravioli.
Sussex County Master Gardeners Jessica Clark and Brent Marsh will present their puppet show, "The Adventures of Peter Rabbit," at 10:30 a.m. Children (and their parents) will enjoy the mischievous doings of Peter and his friends. The puppet show is inspired by Beatrix Potter’s well-known children’s book, and features people and puppets teaching how to grow and enjoy vegetables.
The 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 with the HLFM, and Maureen Miller, children's librarian from the Lewes Public Library, reads stories and does projects with the kids.
The program is geared for ages 3 to 8, but all children are welcome and encouraged to attend with their parents. Each week, a special book is chosen to reflect the themes of growth, change and healthy eating. This week, the featured book is "Planting a Rainbow" by Lois Ehlert.
The HLFM is the largest producer-only market in Delaware. At the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, 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.
Specific types and varieties are listed by vendor in the HLFM newsletter sent to patrons on the first Thursday of the month. Newsletters for the remainder of the month will highlight featured vendors and selected produce. The newsletter is also posted on Facebook. To receive the HLFM newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the subscription list.
This Saturday also offers a chance to enter the raffle for the free bicycle the HLFM gives away every year. The bike this year is a 2014 Phat Sea Breeze Deluxe, Black Cherry Red Single Speed Cruiser. The winning ticket will be drawn at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30. Market patrons can enter every Saturday, including Aug. 30.
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 can go to the SNAP Information Tent to redeem the Bonus Bucks incentive.
The HLFM has adopted a policy that pets, with the exception of service animals, are not permitted at the market.
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.