The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 4, at George H.P. Smith Park with 34 vendors selling fresh-cut lettuces and greens, asparagus, garden plants, flowers, eggs, yogurt, milk, grass-fed pork, beef, lamb and chicken, fresh oysters, and much more.
The City of Lewes has proclaimed May 4 Historic Lewes Farmers Market Day. This year, the nonprofit market celebrates its 14th anniversary. The HLFM farmers and producers are only selling what they have grown or made themselves. The HLFM will continue its partnership with the Lewes Public Library, and Children’s Story Time will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 1.
The market welcomes five new farmers May 4. Ada’s Picnic from Rehoboth Beach provides picnic salads featuring local produce from regional farmers. Dittmar Family Farms in Felton will bring pasture-raised chicken and a wide variety of vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Grass Works Meat Farm in Seaford will feature Black Angus beef, lamb, chicken, and turkey, all pasture-raised without chemicals or hormones. Parsons Farms Produce in Dagsboro is a multigenerational farm growing strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, sweet corn, and many other vegetables. Patty’s in Georgetown features salads, wraps, crostini, dips, and other prepared foods using locally sourced produce. Many of these products are gluten-free.
Heirloom Executive Chef Matt Kern will be on hand for Opening Day at 10 a.m. Kern is sourcing the best seasonal, local ingredients for Heirloom’s menus, and he will prepare a spring menu using his handpicked selection of market foods. Kern was a semifinalist this year for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award
The market continues its SNAP (EBT Food Stamps) program. To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM matches up to $20 each participant each week with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants can come to the SNAP tent to pick up the bonus $20 in tokens to use at the market. WIC and SFMNP coupons will also be accepted starting in June.
The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Ample parking can be found at the Shields Elementary School and Lewes School parking lots at the intersection of Savannah Road and Sussex Drive. In case of inclement weather, the market moves to Shields parking lot. Customers who need help carrying bags to their cars can ask at the HLFM Information Tent.