This Week at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market

by Dave on July 16, 2008

This week’s email from the Historic Lewes Farmers Market:

Hello to all friends of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. 

What’s at Market, July 19, 2008, 8am-12pm, at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, DE


Hello friends!


July is Green Month at the market. Along with the City of Lewes, The Historic Lewes Farmers Market has declared July to be It is Easy Being Green” Month. We are delighted to partner with the City to bring a number of activities to Lewes to promote this Green initiative. This Saturday, we will be exploring energy with the Lewes Board of Public Works and Flexera, a local firm that provides renewable energy systems for both residential and small industrial applications. Flexera will make presentations at 9:30 and 10:30 as well as being available to answer questions for the entire Market. Ken Mecham, General Manager of  the Lewes Board of Public Works, will be available during the Market to answer questions about your energy concerns and to explain their new energy audit plan for consumers. We will also have available at the HLFM tables a number of books (greatly discounted) including Better Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living, Green Up Your Cleanup, the New York Times bestseller The Green Book, and many others. All sales of these titles are donated to the HLFM.


10 Simple Green Ideas

Here are ten simple “green” ideas from It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living.  If you have some “green” ideas that you would like to share in a future newsletter, email the ideas to us at:

1)      Use a toaster oven for small jobs. It will use a third to half as much energy as a full-size oven.

2)     Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving. Running the water continuously for just two minutes can waste three gallons of water! Fill a cup with water when brushing your teeth and fill the sink bowl to rinse your razor instead of running the water.

3)     Install dimmer switches where dimmed lighting makes sense, like the dining room and hallway. Dimming a light by 25 percent saves an equal percentage of energy.

4)     Use the dishwasher only for full loads for the most efficient water use. If you have a small number of dishes or pans to clean, wash them by hand. You’ll save the most water by filling a basin with just three to four inches of water, stacking the dishes as you wash them, and then rinsing them quickly under a light stream of water.

5)     Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation in gardens; they provide accurate, deep watering for your plants that will encourage strong root growth.

6)     Breathe new life into old furniture; have it repaired, refinished, or reupholstered.

7)     Soak labels off glass jars and reuse the jars around the house to organize loose items.

8)    Don’t use a hose to clear dirt and leaves out of the garage or off sidewalks, driveways and patios. Use a broom to conserve water.

9)     Buy fish that are not caught or farmed in ways that harm the environment.

10)   Keep windows and drapes closed on hot days to reduce radiant solar gain. 


“Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” – Plato


Bicycle Give Away

It’s your third chance to enter the drawing for the vintage green 2008 Official Historic Lewes Farmers Market Phat Sea Crest 3 Cruiser. We give away a bicycle every year to encourage all of you who are able to get out of your cars and bike (or walk) to the market. You can enter every Saturday you come to the market, so come often and your chances of winning get better.


The very popular Children’s Reading Program at the Market takes place 9-10 am every Saturday at the School House at the Lewes Historical Society Complex.  Children’s Librarian, Maureen Miller, reads the stories and interacts with the kids to plant seeds and do other projects. For ages 3 to 8, but all children are welcome and encouraged to attend with their parents. Each week, a special book is chosen to reflect the themes of growth, change and healthy eating. This week the featured book is Busy in the Garden by George Shannon.


What’s at Market this Saturday:


Backyard Jams and Jellies: Homemade preserves made with locally-grown produce. July will feature fresh Strawberry, no-sugar Strawberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Blueberry Peach, and Apricot Jams. 2007 Delaware State Fair winners will also be available: Peach Jam and Jelly, Strawberry Jam and Jelly, Mint Jelly, Raspberry Jam and Blueberry Jam. Also plenty of the award-winning Beach Plum Jelly. Also available are Tomato Chutney, Bread & Butter Pickles, and Country Apricot Mustard.


Baues’ Busy Bees: Pure raw comb honey per request by many customers. Pure raw honey in 12 oz, 1 lb and 2.5 lb jars. Bee pollen. Honey and hone straws for children and those adults who like them. Beeswax hand cream (very moisturizing with an SPF of 15), lip balm, and body lotion. 100 % beeswax candles in various shapes and sizes. Beeswax sea shells (natural air freshener). They gift wrap for free.

Bella’s Cookies: This week we see the return of White Chocolate Blueberry with Crystallized Ginger Cookies, Egg Free Honey and Oat Cookies, Brownies, and many other Vegan & Gluten-Free varieties including the first Farmers Market offering of Bella’s Gluten-Free Oreos. Favorites such as Chocolate Chunk, Rum Raisin (made with Dogfish Head Brown Honey Rum), Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, and Bella’s Breakfast Cookie, Raisin Spice, will also be available.  Hot Organic Cinnamon Buns will arrive at approximately 8:30 am–this week will feature Cherry Buns. Verdi Good will feature Chocolate Peanut Brittle, English Toffee (Dinosaur Crunch) and Polar Ices (Shaved Ice) with Organic Lemonade and Cherry homemade syrups. Bella’s Cookies was recently named as “Best Cookies in Delaware” in Delaware Today magazine.


Bennett Orchards: Yellow freestone Bellaire peaches. This is the first freestone variety that Bennett is offering at the Market.  In addition to its sweet succulent taste and aroma, this peach has a very classy coloring with a nice red blush-a treat for any peach lover. Look for Bennett’s “Take a Peach to the Beach” sign to find them at the Market.


Chapel’s Country Creamery:Chapel’s produces artisanal cheeses made with milk from their herd of Jersey and Holstein cows. All of the milk is free of synthetic hormones, antibiotics and chemical compounds.  This Saturday, they will bring a two-month-old white bloomy rind Chapelle, a one-year-aged cheddar bloomy rind.  (Bloomy rind cheeses can be made of cow, goat or sheep milk. These are cheeses that are soft and creamy and are covered with a snowy rind of white mold).  Other cheeses from Chapel’s: Young Cheddar, Woodland (a bloomy rind semi-soft cheese), and Garlic and Chive Cheddar.


Community Organics: Heirloom tomatoes. Community is growing fifty varieties of tomatoes this year. Early heirloom varieties available this week: Ida Gold, Glacier, Brandywine, Stupice, Cosmonaut Volkov, Oregon Spring, and others. Sun Gold and other cherry tomatoes. Tomatillos (hello salsa!). Ground Cherries. Legacy Rocambole Garlic. Red, Yukon Gold, and Kennebec White potatoes. Red Beets. Carrots. Savoy Cabbage. Hot peppers (Jalapeno, Hungarian Wax, Serrano, and more). Sweet peppers. Applegreen Eggplant. Delmarva Beef.


Davidson Exotic Mushrooms: Jumbo Portabello (great for grilling or stuffing), Shiitake, Crimini, and Oyster mushrooms, as well as mixed.


Deep Grass Nursery: Certified Organic fruit and vegetables. Cantaloupe. Seedless Sugar Baby Watermelon (really sweet and juicy). Green beans. White organic sweet corn (only available for two more weeks). Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes. Beefsteak Tomatoes. Zucchini. Yellow Squash. Cucumbers. French Tarragon Vinegar and other vinegars. Zucchini Bread. Jams and Jellies. Basil Pesto. Potted Herbs and Perennials. Really good Zucchini Relish from a recipe that has been handed down for four generations.


Eggs of a Feather: Bill and his guest chickens will not be at the market this Saturday, but his friend, Pat, will be selling his beautiful green-to-blue colored eggs from his free-range, pastured poultry. Bill and guest Cruella, a Polish crested rooster, will be back on July 26.


Fifers: Blueberries. Raspberries. Peaches. Tomatoes. Sweet corn. Honey. Fresh cut flowers.


Fischers’ Farm: The Fischers will be at the Market this Saturday, and then back again around mid-August. They will be bringing blackberries and early Summer apples-Lodis and Early Cortlands. These apples make quick and easy microwave applesauce (Ask Ann Fischer for her recipe).


Freeman’s Farm: Sweet bi-color corn (Temptation Variety). White-Out white corn. Valentino green string beans. Vine-ripened tomatoes. Summer squash. Golden Zucchini. Cue-Ball, One-Ball, and Eight-Ball Zucchinis (all are great on the grill). Pickle Bush Pickling Cucumber. Turbo slicing cucumbers.


Good Earth Market and Organic Farm: This USDA Certified Organic farm will have the following seedlings: Genovese Basil, Greek FinoVerdi Basil (great for containers), Thyme Basil, Garden Sage, and Chive. Seven varieties of Heirloom tomato plants, cucumber, pepper and eggplant seedlings. Raspberries. Chard. Lettuces (their yummy mix includes Emerald Oak Leaf, Red Oak Leaf, Trout Back, Simpson, Little Gem, and Buttercrunch). Vibrant farm mix of Cut Flowers. Cut herbs (mint, oregano, thyme, sage, and chives). They also always bring a large amount of cut mint for Mojitos!


Good For You Natural Market and Organic Farm: Arugula. Chioggia Beets. Detroit Dark Red Beets. Blackberries. Red Core Chantenay Carrots. Pink Passion and Golden Heirloom Swiss Chards. Freckles Lettuce. Lolla Rossa Lettuce. Red Merlot Lettuce Purple Top White Globe Baby Turnips. Also, prepared foods by G4U’s Chef Gretchen made in the G4U commercial kitchen with organic and sustainable ingredients. This week: Arugula Brie Dip, Summer Goat Cheese, Wholly Guacamole!, Roasted Garlic Hummus, Cucumber Salad, Potato Salad with Red Harissa, Chef’s Chicken Salad, Wrap of Albóndigaswith pasilla cream and avocado slaw, Quesadillas with G4U Farm Grown Italian Squash and Artisanal Cheese with cilantro cream, and much more.


Greenbranch Organic Farm: Grape, Cherry, and Roma Tomatoes. Custom Salad Mixes. Italian Flat Pod Beans, Green Beans and Wax Beans. Five varieties of potatoes. Radishes. Sweet corn. Six varieties of squash and zucchini. Sunflowers.


Hattie’s Garden: This week, Hattie is harvesting her wonderful Haricot Verts (the small gourmet French green beans). If you have never had these delicate green beans picked fresh for a local market, you are in for an incredible treat. Also enjoy her heirloom tomatoes and heirloom cherry and grape tomatoes this week as Hattie’s tomato harvest picks up speed!  She will sample some interesting varieties, such as Grace Lahman’s Pink and the small, delicious Czechoslovakian tomato named Stupice. There are plenty of tender Asian eggplants–Thai Long Green and the slender lavender Ping Tung Long from Taiwan. She will have as much arugula, “arugula mesclun,” and young, mixed loose-leaf lettuce as she can bring.  Triple-washed and kept cool, it usually sells out, so find it in her coolers early in the day. In addition she will be bringing generous freshly cut bunches of Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Dill, Cilantro, Curly and Flat Italian Parsley, and she will feature her Mojito Mint this week. This mint is not the spearmint commonly used for Mojitos in the United States, but a variety of mint from Cuba that is the mint–Mentha x villosa–used to make Mojitos in Cuba. Neither too sweet nor too pungent, it is lovely in iced tea as well as alcoholic drinks. (Please note that some of Hattie’s herbs are kept in the cooler for freshness, so please ask if you don’t see what you are looking for.) There will be an abundance of beautiful Lisianthus this week, including Echo, Mariachi and Twinkle varieties. They will be available in straight bunches and in mixed bouquets with all of Hattie’s other summer flowers, including a stunning purple Globe Amaranth and lots of Benary Giant Zinnias, and the beginning of Hattie’s Gladioli.


Kalmar Farm: Norland Red and Yukon Gold potatoes. Cucumbers-both pickling and slicing. Green beans (really great tasting). Yellow and zucchini squash. Cabbage.


Lavender Fields: Blackberry Lavender Preserves, Raspberry Lavender Preserves, Lavender Wine Jelly, and more jams and jellies as fruit comes into season. Woven Lavender Wands-a handmade decorative item used by Europeans to preserve linens and wedding dresses. Fresh Herbs de Provence with sea salt. Lavender plants and lavender bath and body products. Lavender Fields Bug-Away.


Lucky Penny: They specialize in beautiful summer flowers including Sunflowers by the stem. Some bouquets will be arranged in cans and vases ready to put on your summer dinner table (flower cans can be recycled). Arrangements and banded bunches come with hydrating flower food.  Please tell Sue how you want your flowers (i.e. arranged, in sleeves, or select your own stems) and she will be happy to help you. Also available: Salsa Peppers, Purple and Green Jalapenos, Mosaic Asparagus Beans, Raider Cucumbers, Red Candle Radishes, and summer squash. Look for them in their new location.


Magee Farms: Whiteout sweet corn. Yellow squash. Zucchini. Cucumbers. Herbs. Nasturtiums. Patio tomato planters. Hanging baskets. Forget-me-nots. Aloe vera.


Nancy’s Fine Foods: Peach and blueberry pies. Banana Nut Bread. Fruit Turnovers. Nancy’s Famous Coconut Macaroons: Original and chocolate dipped. (They are fabulous and go quickly-be forewarned!) Eggplant Parmesan featuring the beautiful fresh eggplants found at the Market. Salads.


Old World Breads: Pick up a French baguette, Sourdough loaf, Ciabatta, or French rolls to go with the artisan cheeses and jams you’ll find at the market.  The breads are made with 100% USDA organic flour from King Arthur Flour Company.  Warning: they go quickly!

Olivia’s Bread’s: The breads and other baked goods that Olivia’s brings are made with organic flours that are unbleached and unbromated. They also use natural and organic produce from local farmers and businesses. They believe in using green products and supporting Fair Trade producers. They are known for working with those who have special dietary restrictions or food allergies. Call ahead if you have a special order for market pick-up: 302-424-4395. Each Saturday, they will be bringing specialty items. Customer requested treats and delights will be at the market this weekend, and Olivia’s enjoys getting special requests and bringing them to market. Olivia’s will do a Cooking Demonstration at the State Fair at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 19, 2008, in the Dover Building in the Culinary Arts Section. She will be using items found at our Market.


Paradise Orchards:  Paradise’s orchard is about ten acres in size, and like most of our vendors, the family gives personal attention to the trees.  They have over twenty different kinds of peaches and nectarines, and have earned many, many blue ribbons for them. This week they will have Red Haven (cling free yellow peaches), and White Lady (cling free white flesh peach).


Pasqualini’s Bakery: Strudels, Italian bread, cookies, fruit pies, muffins, croissants, and more. 


Pipe Dreams Fromage: This is a very real, very fresh, French-style goat cheese from Greencastle, Pennsylvania.  The cheese is produced in the farmstead fashion with culture imported from France.  It is hand ladled and turned.  We cannot predict what cheeses we will get from Pipe Dreams, but we usually have a three different cheeses for sale: Bouche (a plain fresh chevre); Ash (bouche with a vegetable ash over it); and Curd (very popular cheese from Pipe Dreams and great on sandwiches or bagels). Available at the HLFM table.


Rainbow Java: Organic, fair-trade coffee, roasted locally. Bolivian Primera Extra (medium roast). Bolivian Cumbre Premium AAA (dark roast). Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (medium roast-drank a cup this morning-excellent taste). Peruvian (medium roast). Sumatra (dark roast). Swiss Water Process Decaf South American Blend (medium roast).


Seaberry Farm: Large floral bouquets and cut flowers by the bunch (treat yourself). Miniature potted sunflowers-the variety “Sunny Smile” are decorated farmers market style and ready for use as gifts or centerpieces. Summer-flowering shrubs are in full bloom, and ready to brighten up the patio or garden.


Surf Bagel: The best bagels south of Brooklyn hot from the oven!  Grab a bagel and a coffee and tour the Market. Bagels are available at the HLFM Table. Six varieties-plain, sesame, poppy, cinnamon-raisin, blueberry, and everything.


Sussex Consortium:  As a partnership with the HLFM, the students of the Sussex Consortium and their teachers have planted a large organic garden on the school property. They are now harvesting the crops from that garden and selling the vegetables and herbs at our market. This week: yellow squash, zucchini, banana peppers, cilantro, oregano, basil, chives, and lavender. Pesto and baked goods.  Look for them next to the HLFM table.


The Farm: This Quality Certified Organic Farm will bring free-range pastured broilers.  The chickens are raised outside on sunshine and clover as nature intended and loaded with flavor and vital nutrients such as A, K, E, and omega 3 fatty acids. Come early, as these will be in demand and supplies are limited.


Market Recipe:


On, Saturday, July 5,  Chef Gretchen of Good For You Gourmet prepared Fig and Red Onion Confit Chimichangas


12                    Figs
3                      Red 0nions
½  cup            Olive oil
1 tsp.               Nutmeg
½   tsp.           Cayenne
2 cup               Cranberry juice
½ cup             Balsamic vinegar
1 bottle           Cabernet or Syrah
2 sticks           Butter
1 cup               Cream Cheese
1 #                   Brie or Chevre
4                      Tortillas

                        Crème  fraîche

Roast sliced onion tossed in olive oil in high degree oven for 40 minutes (you may also cook them on the stove top); when nice and golden brown, add figs to pan, 1 stick butter, nutmeg and cayenne and cook over medium heat until nice and gooey.  In separate saucepan reduce syrah, cranberry juice and balsamic vinegar until black and sticky.  Stir in remaining butter.  Add syrah, cranberry vinegar mix to fig mixture, stir in cheeses.  Wrap in four tortillas and sear in canola oil.  Top with crème  fraîche.

Put on your calendar, please:

July 17-26, 2008

Delaware State Fair in Harrington, DE.


July 22 and 29, 2008

Lewes Summer Music in Stango Park. 7 pm.


August 3, 4, & 10, 2008

Hattie’s Garden Gardening Workshop. Interested in growing some of your own fresh produce this fall?  Plant in August, September and early October and enjoy fresh vegetables until at least Christmas.  Hattie will show you how she does it and help you get a plan together for this year’s Fall Garden.  Attend one of her workshops in early August.  The dates with openings are Sunday, August 3, Monday, August 4 and Sunday, August 10.  Workshops will run from 10 am until 1. Please contact Hattie at and she will give you the details. 


Job Opening: Good For You Organic Farm on Route 9, Lewes, has an immediate need for a Manager for their small organic farm. Must have background in organic growing practices, excellent time management, supervisory, and sales skills. Must be a good communicator, good with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, E-mail and Internet. Must be able to self-direct, since the position covers all aspects of farm operations from seed to sales. Must be able to work outdoors in extreme temperatures, wet and dry. Must be able to bend, lift up to 50 lbs, and be physically active all day. Must be able to work early mornings and some evenings. Bi-lingual Spanish a plus. May be a good fit for a mature intern looking for work experience. Apply in person at the Good For You Natural Market, Rt 9, Lewes. Call Andy on (302) 684-8330.


Goodbye Bottled Water: As you now probably know, we no longer sell bottled water at the Market. Instead, we provide cold, local water from a jug at the HLFM table, so you can refill your own water bottle at our table. We also have paper cups available.


Check out the Historic Lewes Farmers Market bookshelf at the Lewes Public Library. You will find all of the books on eating well locally and sustainability that we feature on our website, plus many other titles related to these issues on the HLFM shelf. We donate new titles as we find them. If you have a suggestion for a title related to the HLFM mission to educate the public about sustainable food systems that are environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially responsible, please send the information our way by emailing us:


About those dogs we love so much. We really do want to welcome dogs at our market, but we are aware that some dogs do not like to be in crowds or are not people or dog friendly.  If this describes your pet, we ask you to leave him or her at home.  If you bring your dog, please watch him/her carefully, and have the dog under control at all times so that we do not have to ask you to leave the market with your pet.


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The market is open rain or shine.  See you at market!


-Helaine Harris for the Historic Lewes Farmers Market

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