It’s time to make strawberry shortcake, pie, smoothies and more from fresh, local berries found at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Saturday, May 14. The market opens at 8 a.m. at George H.P. Smith Park at Johnson and DuPont avenues with vendors bringing juicy strawberries, fresh-cut asparagus and other veggies, lettuces and greens including beautiful varieties of romaine, baby kale, bok choi, arugula, Swiss chard, salad and stir fry mixes, and starter plants including heirloom tomatoes, herbs and fig trees. Customers will also find a great selection of eggs, milk, butter, beef, grass-fed pork, chicken, live crabs or hand-picked crabmeat, oysters, mushrooms, honey, jams, breads, pastries, cut-flower bouquets and more.
When it rains, the market moves to the Lewes Elementary School parking lot at 820 Savannah Road.
At 10 a.m., Danio Somoza, executive chef and owner of Harvest Tide Steakhouse in Lewes will prepare a delicious menu using fresh food from the market. Somoza has created his menus with a focus on freshly sourced seafood, local produce and the finest hand-selected USDA prime beef aged to tender perfection for 21 days in the humidity-controlled meat locker.
A number of the market vendors take preorders. The market website historiclewesfarmersmarket.org lists all vendors, their contact information, and whether or not they take preorders. Customers who preorder may pick up their items at the vendor tent in the market.
The market’s weekly newsletter lists demos and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a request to be added to the list.
The market processes SNAP, WIC and SFMNP, and continues to match SNAP up to $20 per market, per customer. Customers may go to the SNAP tent to process SNAP/EBT.
The HLFM continues its food pantry purchase program. Market customers who want to help feed the local community may purchase local produce, meats, milk and other food from growers at the market to donate to this program every Saturday. At the end of the market, the produce and other foods are gathered and given to various food pantries including Epworth church and Casa San Francisco. The market team thanks customers for their generosity.
The circle in front of the Fred Thomas Building at the foot of Dupont Avenue will be open for handicap drop-off and pickup. Beebe Medical Center is generously allowing market customers to park in its outside parking lots. Go to historiclewesfarmersmarket.org to see where parking is located and to view vendor maps for the market.
The HLFM thanks The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, 2022 HLFM Market Champion, for its continued support.