The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, at George H.P. Smith Park on the corner of Johnson and Dupont avenues in Lewes.
Vendors feature the freshest melons, tomatoes, new red potatoes, hot and sweet peppers, peaches, nectarines, sweet corn and more.
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 at 9 a.m., they will read Susan Marie Swanson’s “To Be Like the Sun.” This lovely story helps kids see how beauty comes from a little seed.
At 10 a.m. at the demo tent, Cape Gazette food writer Denise Clemons will entertain as she educates about the fresh produce she uses from the market. Her book, “A Culinary History of Southern Delaware,” was published by the American Palate imprint of the History Press in 2016. Clemons also conducts cooking demonstrations and nutrition workshops throughout the Cape Region.
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.