August 9 at the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market

by Dave on August 6, 2008

Hello to all friends of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. 

What’s at Market, August 9, 2008, 8am-12pm, at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, DE




Hello friends! National Farmers Market Week is being celebrated this year from August 3 to August 9, and Governor Minner has proclaimed the same week as Delaware Farmers Market Week. We are celebrating the week with our Second Annual Tomato Festival this Saturday. The word this Saturday is tomato, tomato, tomato, so please wear red to the market to help celebrate. We will have a tasting tent set up so that you can taste dozens of different tomatoes including many heirlooms-you won’t believe the different tastes. In addition to her regular selection, Librarian Maureen Miller will have a special surprise book about tomatoes at the Children’s Reading Program at 9am. Our vendors will feature tomatoes at their tents with tomato pies, sun-dried tomato bagels, tomato preserves, and much more. All culminates with the Second Annual Great Tomato Recipe Contest, which begins at 10am at the kitchen at the Lewes Historical Society Grounds (center of market). You can still enter and have a chance to win a really big ribbon. 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 8 (extended the date for procrastinators), and bring your dish (enough for 4-5 of our local judges to have a taste) by 10am to the HLFM table this Saturday. 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. You can also email us at, and we will send you an entry form.


I Eat Local Pledge

We are also hosting an I 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 at, 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).


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, make bees out of pipe cleaners, and do lots of other fun 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 The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, and a special surprise book.


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. After this Saturday, only three more chances to enter as the drawing will take place at market on Saturday, August 30.


What’s at Market this Saturday:


Backyard Jams and Jellies:Winner of Best in State for Softspreads (Jellies and Jams), and 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: Not at market this week.


Bella’s Cookies: Bella’s Cookies will feature a full assortment of their classic cookies at this Saturday’s market-over 20 varieties. Hot from the oven organic Cinnamon Raisin and Traditional Buns will arrive at the Market around 8:30 am. Verdi Good will have organic lemonade and grape syrups to top their Arctic Shaved Ice. To help celebrate the Tomato Festival Bella’s will have all of your favorites from last year’s festival-Sun Dried Tomato and Herb Bread, Tomato Tarts, Quiches, and Pies. The slices of the tarts and pies go quickly so you may call ahead and reserve a whole pie or tart by calling 302-684-8152. 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 Yellow Freestone Glowingstar Peach. This peach has a glowing characteristic to it’s skin, hence its name. Very juicy and aromatic. They will also have their Yellow Freestone Fantasia Nectarine-the only nectarine that Bennett’s offers from their farm. Believe me–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 to celebrate the tomato, they will introduce their new Sundried Tomato and Basil Cheddar. They will also 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. Cantaloupe. Community is growing fifty varieties of tomatoes this year.  Heirloom Tomatoes:  Brandywine, Red Zebra, Green Zebra, Cherokee Purple, Dr. Wyche’s Yellow, Rose de Berne, Garden Peach, Eva Purple Ball, Cosmonaut Volkov, and many others. Other: Sun Gold Cherry, White Cherry. Hybrid Tomatoes: Red slicing varieties including Jet Star, Celebrity, Red Sun, and Tropic. Green Tomatoes. Tomatillos. Ground Cherries. Legacy Rocambole Garlic. Red, Kennebec White, and Yukon Gold potatoes. Red Beets. Carrots. Hot peppers (Jalapeno, Hungarian Wax, Serrano, and more). Sweet peppers. Various Eggplants: Ping Tung, Rosa Bianca, and Thai Long Green. 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: USDA Certified Organic. Heirloom Tomatoes: Chocolate Cherry (chocolate colored cherry tomato), Taxi (small yellow tomato with great taste), Cherokee Purple (a favorite from last year’s tasting), Red Brandywine, Valencia, and Washington Cherry. Other: Sun Sugar Cherry. Cantaloupe. Watermelon (really sweet and juicy). Green beans. Tropicana lettuce-a nice green loose leaf variety. 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. Bill is bringing Market favorite “Old Whitey”-a very sweet rooster that loves people and enjoys traveling. This is also your chance to visit with two young bantams-about 10 weeks old.


Fifers: Heirloom Tomatoes include Caspian Pink, Conestoga, Pineapple, Persimmon, Brandywine, and Bull’s Heart. Beans, cucumbers, peaches, cut flowers, and more.


Freeman’s Farm: Sweet bi-color corn (Temptation Variety). 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. Eggplants.


Good Earth Market and Organic Farm: USDA Certified Organic. Heirloom Tomatoes: Peacevine, Green Zebra, Yellow Pear, Garden Peach, and Red Calabash. Cucumbers, eggplant, and peppers. Vibrant farm mix of Cut Flowers. Cut herbs (mint and basil). Organic Pepper Relish. Handmade Soaps.


Good For You Natural Market and Organic Farm: Chioggia Beets (Candy Stripe). Blackberries. Baby to medium Chantenay Orange Carrots. Baby to medium Scarlet Dragon Red Carrots. Mixed summer squash-Cocozelle Bush Zucchini, Costa Romanesca, Round French Zucchini, Yellow Crookneck, and White Patty Pan. Winter squash: Delicata, Acorn, and Red Kuri. Limited Rainbow Swiss Chard. Limited Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers. Limited Lemon Cucumbers. Also, prepared foods by G4U’s Chef Gretchen made in the G4U commercial kitchen with organic and sustainable ingredients. This week: Tomatolicious Surprise, Breakfast Tamales, Penne Caponato, Sausage-Eggs-Cheese Chimichangas, Purple Potato and  Costa Romanesca Zucchini Arugula and Brie Spread, and many more favorites.


Greenbranch Organic Farm: Mountain Spring and Roma Tomatoes. Okra. Delectable Bicolor Sweet Corn. Marketmore Cukes. All-star lettuce greens. Easter-egg radishes. Fairy Tale, Japanese and Classic Eggplants. Ambria Green and Carson Wax beans. Lima 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 Sunshine watermelons. Summer Squash and Zucchini varieties: Zephyr, Tigress, Multipik, Magda, 8-ball, and Floridor (bright yellow, round zucchini-great for the grill). Benary’s Giant Zinnias, and Pro-Cut Sunflowers. Cut herbs.


Hattie’s Garden: Heirloom Tomatoes include Grace Lanham’s Pink, Ozark Pink, Stupice, Eva Purple Ball. Cherry heirlooms-Ildi (yellow grape), Rose Quartz (Japanese heirloom cherry), Wickline Cherry (heirloom cherry from Pennsylvania), and Broad Ripple Yellow Currant. In addition to tomatoes, Hattie will have nice fresh arugula and a small amount of arugula mesclun and young loose leaf lettuce. Several kinds of fresh young eggplant and sweet and hot peppers are the ingredients you need for your ratatouille. Bunches of fresh herbs including Basil, Italian and Curly Parsley, Dill, and Cilantro. She also has different-sized pots of basil-good to start growing for the fall. There is some beautiful Coleus in pots that can spruce up your patio or deck as the sun begins to get lower in the sky and the coleus just gets more and more beautiful.  She might have haricot verts-come early for this. A couple of pints of fabulous ripe blackberries are also there for the earliest arrivers. Fresh flowers for the table feature Celosia plumosa, large and colorful zinnias, glads, gomphrena and a few lisianthus.


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


Lavender Fields:They will be handing our recipes for Tomato Gravy, a traditional Delaware dish known to many in the Wilmington area. 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. 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. A rainbow of cherry tomatoes mixed in ready to carry and eat cups. Varieties include Snow Whites, Black Cherry, Super Sweet 100’s, and NJ Grapes.


Magee Farms:Sweet corn. Sugarheart Watermelon. Cantaloupe. Celebrity Tomatoes. Heirloom Tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Carolina Gold, and Brandywine. Straight Eight Cucumbers. Sunray Squash. Zucchini. Merlin Bell Peppers. 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. This joins other savory dishes such as Market Quiche, Chicken Walnut Grape Salad and Turkey Tarragon Salad. Also returning are the ever-popular Macaroons, fruit pies, and other baked goods.


Old World Breads:Pick up a French baguette or rolls, Ciabatta, or Sourdough loaf and make a tomato sandwich. 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, Lorings (yellow cling free), and a new variety of white cling free.


Pasqualini’s Bakery:Strudels, Elephant Ears, Italian bread, cookies, fruit pies, muffins, croissants, and more. Tomato pies, tomato bread, tomato focaccia, 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 Watermelons. “Sensation” is a gourmet musk melon with soft, pure white flesh that is very sweet and has a great aroma. “Gold Liner” is 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. They will also have Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes, packed in small clamshell packs-a perfect and healthy snack for the beach. All melons and tomatoes will be available to taste at the booth before purchase. So try it before you buy it!

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. Special this week-sun-dried tomato bagels.


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 harvesting the crops from that garden and selling them at our market. Available this Saturday: green peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, and flowers. Look for them next to the HLFM tables.


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.


Lost and Found: If you lost something of value at the Market two weeks ago please call us (302-644-1436) as we have found it. We also have found a navy blue umbrella with the words “Running Strong for American Indian Youth” printed on it.


Please Put on Your Calendar:

September 6, 2008

Third Annual Auction and Garden Party, 4-8pm, to benefit the Milton Historical Society. A huge variety of items, trips, and services will be offered in both silent and live auctions, including orchestra seats at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a luxury hotel room (wow!). Under the tent at 210 Union Street, next to Milton’s museum. Tickets are $10. For more information call 302-684-1010 or go to


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: 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, call us at 302-644-1436 or fax the information to 302-645-7609, attention Sharon Dardine.  We must receive the information by August 8.  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’ouevres 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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