The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 30, on the grounds of The Lewes Historical Society at 110 Shipcarpenter St. on the corner of West Third Street in Lewes. At the 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.
At 9 a.m. this week, Bill Clifton, the executive chef of Rehoboth’s Henlopen City Oyster House, will be the featured chef. Clifton will prepare lamb-stuffed ravioli, braised greens and roasted eggplant with roasted red pepper puree, all with produce from the market. Clifton is a native Delawarean, having grown up on a farm in Lincoln. Trained in culinary arts at Kendall College in Chicago, Ill., he has worked at some of the best restaurants in the country.
Ptery Iris from Delaware Botanic Gardens will discuss native plants and the monarch butterfly. She will have some live critters for the demo and perhaps some other insects as well. Iris was a middle school science, ESL and elementary school Spanish teacher in Baltimore, Md., before moving to the beach. She became involved with Delaware Botanic Gardens from its onset in 2012. Iris will share her excitement about having a botanic garden in Sussex County and being involved in helping restore the monarch butterfly population.
The Children's Reading Program at the market takes place 9 to 10 a.m. every Saturday at the School House. Maureen Miller, children's librarian from sponsor Lewes Public Library, reads the stories and does projects with kids 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 features "Busy in the Garden" by George Shannon.
Specific types and varieties of fresh meat, fish, 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. Newsletters for the remainder of the month highlight featured vendors and selected produce. The newsletter is also posted on the market's Facebook page. To receive the newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org and be added to the subscription list.
This Saturday is the last chance to enter the raffle for the free bicycle that the HLFM gives away every year to encourage all to bike or walk (if able) to the market. The bike this year is a 2014 Phat Sea Breeze Deluxe, Black Cherry Red Single Speed Cruiser. It comes with an easy-release basket that can be taken to market. The Bicycle Queen of Lewes, former City Council member Barbara Vaughan, and Lewes’ own Mike Tyler, Sussex Cyclists advocacy director, will draw the winning ticket at 11 a.m. this Saturday.
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 to redeem the Bonus Bucks.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market 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.