The Historic Lewes Farmers Market announced that its market at Crooked Hammock Brewery will be open from 8 to 11 a.m., Wednesdays through Sept. 30.
Located at 36707 Crooked Hammock Way, the Wednesday market is smaller than the Saturday market but has many of its favorite vendors, and new vendors will be added in September.
President Helaine Harris said, “Parking at the Wednesday market is right next to the market, making it very convenient for shoppers. We find that many members of our community shop both market days.”
Market organizers thank the Crooked Hammock Brewery for its generosity in offering use of the parking lot.
The Saturday market continues from 8 a.m. to noon, through Sept. 26, at George H.P. Smith Park at the corner of Dupont and Johnson avenues in Lewes. The fall market will begin Saturday, Oct. 3, at Richard A. Shields Elementary School parking lot and continue through Nov. 21.
Asian and Anjou pears, crisp apples, fresh-cut flower bouquets, eggs, tomatoes, sweet corn, beets, leeks, melons, peppers, blue crabs, jam, grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, yogurt, milk, ice cream, pastries, mushrooms, and much more are all available at the largest producer-only market on Delmarva.
Customers can check the HLFM Facebook page for location updates. In case of rain, the market moves to Shields Elementary School parking lot on Sussex Drive off Savannah Road.
Customers should subscribe to the free market newsletter to see specific listings of what’s available by vendor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the newsletter.
There’s a raffle going on to support the HLFM, offering two great prizes – a Barrow of Booze wheelbarrow full of fine wines and spirits, and Fabu-Lewes Feast, eight $125 gift certificates from the best restaurants in the area. Both are valued at $1,000. Tickets are $5 each or six for $25, and are available at the Saturday market.
The market recently announced a new program to benefit Epworth United Methodist Church Food Pantry. Every week, customers may purchase local produce, meats, milk, and other items from market growers for donation to the Epworth food pantry after the market closes. It’s a challenging time for many, and this is a good way to get nutritious local food to community members in need. Market organizers thank customers for their generosity.
Due to COVID-19, the market is very different from last year. The park entrance to the market will be near the gravel path from the circle driveway. There will be a hand-washing station with foot pump at the entrance, and a volunteer will provide sanitizer spray for customers’ hands. There will also be a hand-washing station at the exit. The market’s perimeter is enclosed, with only one entrance and one exit. Only a certain number of customers are allowed in at one time, and everyone in the market must wear a mask.
All market vendor info is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org. Several vendors now take preorders, and customers who preorder should plan their pickup for later in the day to avoid heavy market traffic.
The market will match SNAP up to $20 per market, per customer at the SNAP tent next to the market trailer. SNAP customers should wait their turn to enter the market, then ask volunteers to direct them to the SNAP tent where they will receive their bonus bucks. After receiving their tokens, SNAP customers will be able to enter the market without waiting in line again.
Due to COVID-19, the market is very different this year. The entrance is near the gravel path from the circle driveway. The market’s perimeter is enclosed, with only one entrance and one exit. Masks are required, and only two people per household are allowed in at a time. Go to www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org for Delaware Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Customer Rules and general information.