This Week at the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market

by Dave on July 23, 2008

From the HLFM:

Hello to all friends of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. 

What’s at Market, July 26, 2008, 8am-12pm, at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, DE


Hello friends!


July is Green Month at the market, and this week we are hosting an information table with representatives from several organizations committed to helping homeowners and gardeners use “green products”. Joining us is Master Gardener Linda Peters who will answer your questions about composting.  She will also have soil test kits for purchase and will give instructions on their use. Hattie Allen from Hattie’s Garden will have information available on a range of organic and green products to safely control our garden pests and problems. Joe Lieb from Natural Lawn of America will have information on products for your lawn that are safe for the environment. City Councilman Ted Becker and Darryl DuBre will demonstrate what goes in the recycle bins and sign you up for this great new program of single stream recycling that the City of Lewes is promoting as part of its green program. Erica Weick from the Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre native garden and preserve dedicated to preserving the native plants of the Eastern Shore and Delmarva Peninsula, will give out information on native plants.  The Nature Conservancy will have a representative available to explain their mission to preserve and protect the natural lands in Delaware. The Delaware branch of this nationwide organization focuses on protecting critical landscapes within Delaware including beaches, dunes, wetlands and marshes. Look for these organizations and groups under the “Green Tent” at the demonstration area at the Market.


Green Thoughts from The Green Book:

Dyed Clothing: The process of dying fabric generates the largest proportion of wastewater produced by the textile industry. So buy clothes with “natural” colors. If most Americans chose one pair of pants that weren’t dyed-it would save enough dye to cover the entire city of Chicago with an inch of colorful liquid.


Cooling/Heating Systems: Install programmable thermostats for your heating and cooling systems. A programmable thermostat can save you about $100 every year in energy costs. If just one in ten households did this, we’d prevent seventeen billion pounds of greenhouse gases from being let loose, or about as much gas as all the cows in the United States burp per day! Cows burp methane, a greenhouse gas.


Paper Towels: If you can, select paper towel rolls with smaller-size sheets in order to extend the life of each roll. A decrease in U.S. household consumption of just three rolls per year would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million in landfill dumping fees.


Vegetables: If you have the option, choose fresh vegetables over canned or frozen ones. Freezing and canning fresh vegetables in the U.S. uses about three billion kilowatt-hours of energy per year, which is enough power to light ever light bulb in the state of New York for three years.


Dryers: Clean your dryer lint screen, and don’t overload the dryer. You’ll save up to 5 percent on your electricity bill. If everyone did it, we’d save the energy equivalent of 350 million gallons of gasoline per year.  Better Yet: Use a clothesline when possible.


Toilet: Try to flush just one less time per day, and you’ll save about 4.5 gallons of water-as much water as the average person in Africa uses for a whole day of drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning.


Bicycle Give Away

You know that you want to win this bike, but you gotta play to win. You have yet another chance this Saturday 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 (and ring the bell for luck), 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. (Last week they made bees out of pipe cleaners-remarkable! I want to know how they DID this.) 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 Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French.


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. 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 (great for snacking on a fresh pretzel). As I was talking to Krista last Saturday at Market, she was on the phone finding out how many blue ribbons she was winning at the 2008 Delaware State Fair-lots!


Baues’ Busy Bees: Not at Market this week.


Bella’s Cookies: Bella’s Cookies is Delaware’s first organic and vegan bakery specializing in a variety of delights including organic, natural, vegan, gluten-free and Agave sweetened. They have been voted Best Cookies in Delaware for the past two years by Delaware Today magazine and have also been featured on the Rachael Ray show. Each Saturday, Bella’s Cookies & Verdi Good (their candy/confectionery company) bring a variety of treats to the Market. This Saturday, you’ll find Chocolate Chunk cookies made with fresh Swiss Spearmint from the Leishear’s garden, the return of Choco-Orange (Double Chocolate Orange), Gluten-Free Brownies, Traditional Brownies, Gluten-Free Chocolate Tortes, Vegan Chocolate Cherry Chunk, Hot Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Buns and Traditional Cinnamon Buns (arriving at the market at approximately 8:30 am). They will also have Shaved Ice topped with either Organic Lemonade Syrup or Organic Coffee Syrup.


Bennett Orchards: This week Bennett brings the yellow freestone Glohaven peach. It is one of their “flagship” peach varieties due to its awesome taste, size and color. It’s a great treat on a warm summer day and also holds up well in freezing, pie-making, etc. Locate them by the “Take a Peach to the Beach” sign.


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: Community is growing fifty varieties of tomatoes this year. Medium and Large Heirloom varieties available this week: Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Eva Purple Ball, Cosmonaut Volkov, Red Zebra, and others. Small Heirloom varieties available: Ida Gold, Glacier, Oregon Spring, Stupice, and others. Sun Gold and White Cherry Tomatoes. Hybrid Tomatoes: Red slicing varieties including Jet Star, Celebrity, Red Sun, and Tropic. Green Tomatoes. Tomatillos (salsa, anyone?). Ground Cherries. Legacy Rocambole Garlic. Red and Kennebec White potatoes. Red Beets. Carrots. Dragon Langerie Beans. Hot peppers (Jalapeno, Hungarian Wax, Serrano, and more). Sweet peppers. Various Eggplants: Applegreen, Ping Tung, Rosa Bianca, and Thai Long Green. Cantaloupe. Watermelon (large and small sizes).


Davidson Exotic Mushrooms: Portabello, Shiitake, Crimini, and Oyster mushrooms, as well as mixed. (I sauté them with a little butter and white wine, and add to the top of a steak.) Stop by and get a great mushroom recipe from them.


Deep Grass Nursery: Cantaloupe. Seedless Sugar Baby Watermelon (really sweet and juicy). Green beans. White organic sweet corn (only available another week). Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes. Beefsteak Tomatoes. Romaine Lettuce. Zucchini. Yellow Squash. Cucumbers. French Tarragon Vinegar and other vinegars. Zucchini Bread. Jams and Jellies. Fresh fruit pies. Basil Pesto. Really good Zucchini Relish from a recipe that has been handed down for four generations.


Eggs of a Feather: Cruella, the Polish Crested Rooster, will make a guest appearance this Saturday. There will be duck eggs, a few Guinea Hen eggs, and some of the beautiful green-to-blue colored eggs from his free-range, pastured poultry.


Fifers: Plums (couple of varieties-yellow fleshed). Blueberries. Raspberries. Cherries. Peaches (white and yellow varieties). Green beans. Cabbage. Squash. Tomatoes. Sweet corn (white and bi-color). Honey. Fresh cut flowers (bunches and loose).


Freeman’s Farm: Sweet bi-color corn (Temptation Variety). Whiteout sweet 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. Watermelon.


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: Chioggia Beets (Candy Stripe) and Detroit Dark Red Beets, with greens and without. Blackberries. Baby to medium Chantenay Orange Carrots with greens.  Baby to medium Scarlet Dragon Red Carrots with greens. Rainbow Swiss Chard. Lemon Cucumbers. Mixed red and green looseleaf (flat lobed and frilly) lettuces. Last week for lettuce until early Fall. Purple Top White Globe Turnips-baby and mid size. Also, prepared foods by G4U’s Chef Gretchen made in the G4U commercial kitchen with organic and sustainable ingredients. This week: Chilled Soups, Goat Cheese Dip (had this with cocktails-really great!), Moroccan Dipping Sauce, Minted Tabbouleh, Arugula and Brie Spread, Banana Bread, Death by Chocolate Brownies, Pico de Gallo, Quesadillas with Squash Blossoms, and much more.


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


Hattie’s Garden: Larger heirloom tomatoes such as Grace Lahman’s Pink will start to be available. Heirloom cherry and grape tomatoes include a yellow grape Ildi, a delightfully flavored pink Japanese Cherry called Rose Quartz, the smaller classic Old Fashioned Red Cherry, the tiny sweet Broad Ripple Yellow Currant and the more sophisticated tasting larger-sized Yellow Pear. Taste them and buy your favorite or a mixed pint. She will have a small amount of haricot verts that will sell quickly, so if you would like them come early. This Saturday her nice-sized bunches of fresh cut herbs include Basil, Dill (Superdukat), Curly Parsley, and Flat Italian Parsley. She also has fresh new Basil plants–either in 4″ pots to put in the garden, or in larger planters you can leave on your deck and cut for the kitchen. She will have arugula and her trademark “arugula mesclun” as well as young loose leaf lettuce. Look for it in the cooler, nicely washed and bagged, and kept cold so it will last. For flowers, Hattie’s Lisianthus will last a couple of weeks if kept in clean water. This could be the last week for the straight bunches of beautiful Lisianthus available. She will also have colorful mixed bouquets–nice and tall and including Zinnias, Globe Amaranth, Gladiolus, Ageratum and Black-eyed Susan (along with a stick or two of Lisianthus). All flowers are conditioned professionally, and each bouquet comes with flower preservative.


Kalmar Farm:Sweet corn.Sugar Baby Watermelon. Cantaloupe. Red and Yukon Gold potatoes. Green beans. Yellow and zucchini squash. Cabbage. Beet greens.


Lavender Fields: Cherry Lavender Preserves, Lavender Wine Jelly, and more jams and jellies. Cedar and Lavender Moth Repellent Bags for the closet. Fresh Herbs de Provence with sea salt. Lavender plants and lavender bath and body products. Lavender-filled Boo-Boo Bags for Kids. 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.


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


Nancy’s Fine Foods: New from Nancy–Barbecued Pulled Pork prepared two ways–North Carolina-style which has a hint of vinegar sauce, and Kansas-style, a little sweeter, and oh, so good!  The BBQ pork is packaged in 16 oz containers that you can bring home to heat. This joins other savory dishes such as Vegetable Quiche, Chicken Walnut Grape Salad, Turkey Tarragon Salad and Crab Soup. Also returning are the ever popular Macaroons, Peach Pie, Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Banana/Apricot Turnovers, and Cheddar and Chive Muffins.


Old World Breads: Pick up a French baguette or Sourdough loaf 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.


Paradise Orchards:  Paradise has white and yellow peaches. Their 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.


Pasqualini’s Bakery: Strudels, Italian bread, cookies, fruit pies, muffins, croissants, bear claws, cinnamon twists, 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 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, but sorry, quantities are limited.


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” is decorated farmers market style and ready for use as gifts or centerpieces. He has other smaller sunflowers sold in bunches that are pretty stunning. 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: cucumbers, pumpkins, eggplants, squash, zucchini, peppers, basil and chives. Look for them next to the HLFM table.


The Farm: Not at market this week.


Market Demonstrations: See information at top of newsletter.


Market Recipes: A few weeks ago, Jen Blakeman, Chef and Owner of the Corner Market Bistro, demonstrated this wonderful cucumber soup recipe. There’s lots of wonderful, crisp cucumber and dill at the market so we thought we would give you the recipe now. It’s a great soup for these hot summer days.


Corner Market Bistro Chilled Cucumber Soup

3-4 cucumbers
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 heaping tablespoon yogurt
2 cups milk
1 cup sherry vinegar (can substitute apple cider)
1 cup chopped roasted red peppers
6 shakes of Tabasco
2 tablespoons chopped fresh or dry dill
Salt and Pepper to taste

Peel and deseed cucumbers.  Grate cucumbers with box grater or food processor attachment.  Mix together all ingredients with grated cucumber.  Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.  Chill and serve or keep refrigerated until ready to use.  Yields: About 1 Quart


Put on your calendar, please:

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. 


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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