The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will celebrate its favorite fruit at this week’s tomato festival from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 10, at George H.P. Smith Park on the corner of Johnson and Dupont avenues in Lewes. It’s also National Farmers Market Week.
Customers are urged to bring their friends, children, house guests and themselves, dressed in red or their favorite tomato costumes.
HLFM vendors will have a wide array of delicious local tomatoes just picked and ready for the table, in addition to other fresh, local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, grass-fed meats and poultry, and locally produced farm products. There will also be tomato pies, sun-dried tomato bagels, tomato jams and chutney, tomato breads, and other tomato-based offerings.
Thirteen local chefs have partnered with thirteen farmers at the market to create mouthwatering, bite-size samples from 9:30 to 11 a.m. next to their tents. Customers can stock up on the tomato varieties used in the recipes. Tastings will not be available until 9:30 a.m. due to setup and preparation time.
The Lewes Public Library continues its children’s story time at the market. Friends from the library donate their Saturday mornings to share stories. This Saturday, they will read “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato” by Lauren Child at 9 a.m., under the yellow tent near the playground. From 9 to 11 a.m., there will be face painting and temporary rub-on tattoos for kids.
Adults and children can guess the number of tomatoes in the jar. The adult winner will receive Jose Andres’ new cookbook “Vegetables Unleashed.” The youth winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to Kids’ Ketch toy store in Lewes. Winners will be announced at the HLFM info table at 11:15 a.m.
It’s busy at the market during August, so biking or walking there is a great idea. The market continues its tradition of giving away a bicycle in its free annual bike raffle. This year, the prize bicycle is a Jamis Earth Cruiser 2 in plum purple. The cruise-control handlebars are designed to promote a comfortable riding position. It also has a cushy seat, smooth-rolling tires, and no-slip pedals. There is a black basket that can easily be removed to use at the market, and a ding-dong bell to announce one’s arrival.
Tickets for the raffle are free, and the winner will be drawn on Labor Day weekend. Customers can fill out an entry ticket each week at the market’s information tent. This beautiful cruiser was purchased locally at Seagreen Bicycle, 209 Monroe Ave., Lewes.
The market continues its SNAP (EBT Food Stamps) program to help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food by matching up to $20 each participant each week with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants can pick up tokens at the SNAP tent to use at the market. WIC and SFMNP will also be accepted.
Ample parking can be found at the Shields Elementary School and Lewes School parking lots. The market provides a veggie valet service near the information tent to help customers carry items to their cars.
In case of inclement weather, the market moves to Shields Elementary School parking lot. More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org or by calling 302-644-1436.