August 2 at the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market

by Dave on July 31, 2008

From the fine folks at the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market:

Hello to all friends of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. 

What’s at Market, August 2, 2008, 8am-12pm

Don’t forget that this Saturday we are at Shields Elementary School Parking Lot, (at intersection of Savannah Rd. and Sussex Dr.), Lewes, DE. 


Hello friends!

National Farmers Market Week is being celebrated this year from August 3 to August 9. In addition to celebrating with our Second Annual Tomato Festival on August 9, we are also hosting an Eat Local Pledge the month of August. All that we ask you to do is to commit to eating locally (food produced within a 100-mile radius) for a period defined by you. This can be one day, one week, one month-whatever amount of time you want to commit to buying and preparing local food. Have a fun time with it by organizing an Eat Local Dinner Party. If you want to describe your Eat Local Dinner Party or even your Eat Local Dinner for One you can email us, and we’ll include your experience in the email newsletter. Take the pledge by signing up at the Market in August at the HLFM Table. If you sign up, you will be eligible to win a Historic Lewes Farmers Market Bag with a copy of Deborah Madison’s Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers’ Markets (drawing to take place on August 30).


Tomato Festival News

The recipes are really rolling in now for the Second AnnualGreat Tomato Recipe Contest. You don’t want to miss out on the chance to win a big blue ribbon, do you?  We know that you have a secret tomato pie or some other great tomato recipe just dying to put into a contest.  At the bottom of this page you will find the form to fill out for the contest.  It’s easy–all you have to do to enter is fill out the form and get it to us by August 5, and bring your dish (enough for 5 of our local judges to have a taste) by 10am to the HLFM table on August 9 when the great Tomato Festival takes place at the market. Don’t be timid–you could win a $100 gift certificate to the market by entering and winning first place. There will also be second and third place prizes. We will put the winning recipes on our website and in our email newsletter, and, if you place, you will also get a REALLY BIG RIBBON. You can also email us at and we will send you an entry form, or pick one up at the market at the HLFM table.


Bicycle Give Away

Yet another 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.


What’s at Market this Saturday:


Backyard Jams and Jellies: Please congratulate Krista when you see her as she not only won Best in State for Softspreads (Jellies and Jams), but seven, count ’em, seven First Place Ribbons at the 2008 Delaware State Fair. This Saturday, she 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 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 (I can’t live without it), lip balm, and body lotion. 100 % beeswax candles in various shapes and sizes. Beeswax sea shells (natural air freshener). Great hostess gifts here, and they will gift wrap for free.

Bella’s Cookies: Bella’s Cookies will feature a full assortment of their classic cookies at this Saturday’s market.  Among those featured will be Champion Chunk (a classic customer favorite/chocolate chunk), All American, Oatmeal Raisin (an organic oatmeal cookie featuring two types of organic oatmeal), Groovy Granola, Orange Cranberry Granola, Sun Dollar (a Dairy Free/Cake-like Lemon Sugar cookie–great with fresh berries), Sandy Beach (Vegan Coconut Sugar, made with no eggs or dairy), Choco-Orange and Double Chocolate Orange (think of the chocolate oranges you slam down and break into wedges), Raisin Spice (a Vegan Breakfast cookie made to be a meal replacer, low in fat, high in fiber and protein).  Also available will be Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk, Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies, and Bella’s Berry Shortbread featuring organic strawberry and organic blueberry jam. Voted “Best Cookies in Delaware” two years in a row by Delaware Today magazine, Bella’s Cookies has been featured on the nationally syndicated Rachael Ray show.


Bennett Orchards: Bennett’s will feature its Large Yellow Freestone Loring Peach. This peach is considered by many to be one the best varieties to be grown, and is a local favorite because of its size and great taste. It also holds up well, making it optimal for canning and freezing. They will also have their white Blushing Star Peach. This peach is Bennett’s signature white variety and is a great white! They will go quickly. Locate Bennett’s 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: Ground cherries. Watermelon (new and heirloom varieties-they’re giving out samples this Saturday. (Ask them if they have any Charentais Melons–a succulent, orange, sweet melon with a rich, complex taste. Difficult to bring to market due to their thin rind, but they had a few last Saturday.) Cherry Tomatoes-White Cherry and Sun Gold. 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. Hybrid Tomatoes: Red slicing varieties including Jet Star, Celebrity, Red Sun, and Tropic. Green Tomatoes. 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).

Cabbage. Mixed variety of hot peppers.


Davidson Exotic Mushrooms: Portabellos, Shiitake, Crimini, and Oyster mushrooms, as well as mixed. Look for their recipe of the week at their tent.


Deep Grass Nursery: Cantaloupe. Watermelon (really sweet and juicy). Green beans. Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes. Beefsteak Tomatoes. Lettuces include Romaine and a summer crisp head. Arugula. 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: More duck eggs this week as well as a limited amount of the  beautiful green-to-blue colored eggs from Bill’s free-range, pastured chickens. Some guinea hen eggs. Bill is bringing three guest hens this week with the hope that one will lay an egg while at the market. He will also be bringing one or two of the “Rat Pack” boys-very spunky and talkative little bantams.


Fifers: Not at market this Saturday.


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 Heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. 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. Mixed summer squash-Cocozelle Bush Zucchini, Costa Romanesca, Round French Zucchini, Yellow Crookneck, and White Patty Pan. Limited Rainbow Swiss Chard. Limited Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers. Limited cherry and currant tomatoes. Purple Top White Globe Turnips.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, 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: Mountain Spring Tomatoes. Delectable Bicolor Sweet Corn. Marketmore Cukes. All-star lettuce greens. Easter-egg radishes. Astro Arugula. Fairy Tale, Japanese and Classic Eggplants. Ambria Green and Carson Wax beans. Edamame Soy beans (delicious as an appetizer steamed slightly). Aristotle Bell Peppers. Anaheim Chili Peppers. Jabanero Peppers. French Fingerling, German Butterball, and Russian Banana Potatoes. Crimson Sweet and Sugar Baby watermelons. Summer Squash and Zucchini varieties: Zephyr, Tigress, Multipik, Magda, 8-ball, and Florido (bright yellow, round zucchini-great for the grill). Benary’s Giant Zinnias, and Pro-Cut Sunflowers.


Hattie’s Garden: Not at market this week.


Kalmar Farm:Sweet corn. Slicing tomatoes. Cherry Tomatoes. Eggplant. Green peppers. Cucumbers. Potatoes. Fresh eggs.


Lavender Fields: Lavender Wine Jelly, Strawberry Lavender Preserves and more jams and jellies as fruit comes into season. Tussie-Mussies (lovely, small compact bouquets of lavender and flowers with bound stems-great hostess gift).  Fresh Herbs de Provence with sea salt, lavender-infused honey, culinary lavender, and lavender and rose tea. Freshly-cut English Hidcote and Munstead lavender by the bunch. French Grosso and Provence lavender plants. Lavender bath and body products. Cedar and lavender moth repellant. 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: Sweet corn. Watermelon. Cantaloupe. Tomatoes. Cucumber. Squash. Zucchini. Potted sunflowers, and other flowers. Herbs.


Nancy’s Fine Foods: Barbequed 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. (I had the Kansas-style with Nancy’s coleslaw on an Old World roll for lunch last week-stupendous!) This joins other savory dishes such as Market Quiche, Chicken Walnut Grape Salad and Turkey Tarragon Salad. Also returning are the ever popular Macaroons, Peach Pie, and other baked goods.


Old World Breads: Pick up a French baguette or rolls, Ciabatta, 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, and last year they sold out very quickly.  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. This Saturday they’re bringing nectarines, White Lady white peaches, and a variety of yellows-all cling free.


Pasqualini’s Bakery: Strudels, Elephant Ears, 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, 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:For the next few weeks Seaberry Farm will be bringing a series of specialty Musk and Water melons. The first will be “Gold Liner“–a musk melon from Korea with bright golden stripes and sweet, crisp-flesh. These are small melons that one person could consume in one sitting. Gold Liner was rated the best Asian Melon in University of Kentucky trials. They will also be bringing a watermelon, “Tigerbaby.” This is a small, very sweet melon with bright green stripes (much smaller than a traditional Sugar Baby) and can be easily carried home by walkers or on a bike. 


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:  Not at market this Saturday.


The Farm:Not at market this Saturday.


Put on your calendar, please:


August 2, 2008

The 45th Annual Lewes Historical Society’s Outdoor Antique Show at the Lewes Historical Society grounds, 9am to 4pm. General admission is $3, and children under 12 are free.


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 probably now 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: historiclewesfarmersmarket@comcast .net.


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.


Entry Form for Great Tomato Recipe Contest



There are four categories in the contest this year:

Hors d’oeuvres, Appetizers, Entrees, Desserts

You must pick a category to enter your dish.

First and Second Place Ribbons will be given in each category.

The First and Second Place Winners in the four categories will then be judged for the 3 Grand Prizes.


There will be five judges who use the following three criteria and associated points to pick the winners:

Overall Taste:  1-5 points

Use of Fresh Market Ingredients:  1-3 points

Tomato as Star Ingredient:  1-2 points


To enter the Tomato Recipe Contest you need to either email the following information to the HLFM or mail the information to the HLFM, PO Box 185, Nassau, DE 19969.  We must receive the information by August 5.  You will then need to bring your prepared recipe that will serve 5 judges to the HLFM table at the market on August 9 at 10am.  Judging takes place between 10am and 11am, and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter.


Address: _____________________________________________________



Phone: _______________________________________________________

Recipe Name: _________________________________________________

Category (please check one)

q  Hors d’oeuvres Category

q  Appetizers Category

q  Entrees Category

q  Desserts Category



Please give us your tomato recipe below with ingredients and instructions.












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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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