The Historic Lewes Farmers Market Tomato Festival is set for 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at George H.P. Smith Park, kicking off National Farmers Market Week.
Cherry and slicer tomatoes, both heirloom and hybrid, will be available in abundance. Customers are encouraged to dress up in their tomato costume or just wear red.
Heirloom restaurant will lead a demo at 10 a.m.
All who grow their own tomatoes are welcome to enter the Biggest Tomato at Market Contest from 8 to 9 a.m. by bringing their tomatoes to the Tomato Festival Tent. Tomatoes may be heirloom or hybrid and must be edible. The largest tomato will be selected by weight as determined by the judges. The variety of each tomato must be identified on the entry form with contact information. All tomatoes must be washed and clean. Judging results will be announced and ribbons will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. The winners and all entries will be displayed with grower’s name at the Tomato Festival Tent in the middle of the market next to the raffle tent.
The Guess the Number of Tomatoes in the Jar Contest also takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Tomato Festival Tent. The winner will be announced at 11:15 a.m. Thanks to Heirloom, the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant.
Market produce is now at the height of the summer growing season. In addition to every variety of tomato imaginable, customers will find gourmet melons, cantaloupes, watermelons, yellow and white peaches, nectarines, sweet corn, eggplant, okra, potatoes, green beans, summer squash, kale, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, radishes, Swiss chard, arugula, lettuces, pork sausages, pork chops, pork ribs, tilapia fish, oysters, live crabs, hand-picked crabmeat, crab cakes, crab salad, grass-fed chicken, beef steaks, ground beef, beef burger patties, honey, mushrooms, eggs, yogurt, milk, butter, ice cream, kombucha, jams, fresh-baked breads, pastries made with fruit from market vendors, herb, veggie and flower plants, cut-flower bouquets including sunflowers, locally roasted coffee and coffee drinks, and more.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market is producer-only, so customers are able to buy directly from the farmer who grew the produce.
Children’s Storytime at the Market, a partnership with the Lewes Public Library, takes place at 10 a.m. Library volunteers read books about farming, gardening, nature and healthy eating at the yellow tent near the HLFM Information Tent.
The HLFM Big Raffle has three stupendous prizes, each valued at $1,000: Jazz Fest weekend tickets and dinner; the Fabu-Lewes-Feast including eight $125 restaurant gift cards; and a private, in-home three-course chef dinner with wine pairing for 10 by Chef Sean Corea. Tickets are on sale at the market, and the drawing is set for Sept. 3. Winner does not have to be present to win.
In case of inclement weather, the market moves to the Lewes Elementary School parking lot at 820 Savannah Road. The Wednesday Market at Crooked Hammock Brewery is open weekly with 10 great farmers from 8 to 11 a.m. through September.
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 Healthcare is generously allowing market customers to park in its outside parking lots; go to historiclewesfarmersmarket.org to see parking and vendor information with maps. The market’s weekly newsletter lists demos and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-644-1436 to be added to the list.