Each year, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market’s Tomato Festival celebrates the red fruit – yes, it’s considered a fruit and not a vegetable – grown in abundance throughout the area, and not only by local farmers, but in backyards as well.
This year’s event Aug. 6 at George H.P. Smith Park featured the traditional largest tomato contest, guessing the number of tomatoes in a jar and a tomato recipe prepared under the demonstration tent by staff of Heirloom restaurant in Lewes. And of course, every produce farmer had tomatoes of many varieties for sale.
Dating back to 2006, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market operates from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Sept. 24 at the park on Johnson and Dupont avenues. A weekday market takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 28 at Crooked Hammock restaurant on Kings Highway. A fall market runs from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 1 through Nov. 19 at the Lewes Elementary School parking lot off Savannah Road.
The market features more than 30 vendors. Go to historiclewesfarmersmarket.org for more information.