Lewes farmers market to collect food and essentials Nov. 18

November 16, 2023

During the final Historic Lewes Farmers Market of the season, organizers will host an extra food and essentials drive from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, at Lewes Elementary School parking lot, 820 Savannah Road.

Beneficiaries are the food pantries of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach and Casa San Francisco in Milton. There are a lot of folks in need – many are homeless – and the HLFM hopes to fill the pantries for a few weeks with this extra food drive. The food pantries request certain nonperishables including spaghetti sauce, pasta, peanut butter, jams and jellies, canned fruits/vegetables/soups, boxed cereal, powdered or shelf-stable milk, rice and beans. Shoppers are asked to honor the HLFM's mission and the needs of people who use the food pantries by providing healthy foods. Diapers, menstrual hygiene products and laundry detergent are also badly needed, and can be dropped off at the HLFM food drive table next to the information tent.

Customers will find yams, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, rapini, collard greens, persimmons, oysters, crabmeat, fresh sage sausage for stuffing, mushrooms, pies and all the fixings for Thanksgiving. Dittmar Family Farms and Mahon River Farm will have preordered turkeys for pickup, as well as extra turkeys for sale until they run out. Mahon River Farm will also have some boneless, skinless turkey breast and turkey-leg quarters. There are also beautiful apples, and market offerings using fall ingredients like apple and pear jellies, jams and chutneys, soups, fresh juices, kombucha, apple cider, apple cider donuts and pastries. It’s a great time to buy free-range chicken, beef and pork to freeze for the winter.

The market team members thank all customers, farmers/producers, volunteers and donors for their support this year. The HLFM plans to open the 2024 Saturday market May 4 at George H.P. Smith Park.

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market is producer-only, so customers are able to buy directly from the farmers who grew the produce.

Dogs and other pets (except for service animals) are not permitted in the fall market in order to ensure the safety of customers, vendors and volunteers. Parking is limited, so customers should walk or bike to the market if able. For those who must drive, there is parking in the school bus parking lot, including accessible parking. There is also parking on Savannah Road and Sussex Drive.

For a list of all vendors, their contact information and whether they take preorders, go to Customers will pick up preorders at the vendor tent in the market.

The market processes payments from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and matches up to $20 per market, per customer. Go to the SNAP tent to process SNAP/EBT.

The market thanks The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, 2023 HLFM Market Champion, for its continued support, along with all the 2023 sponsors.

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