August 30 at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market

by Dave on August 28, 2008


Hello to all friends of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. 

What’s at Market, August 30, 2008, 8am-12pm, at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, DE


Hello friends!


Big doin’s at the Market this Saturday. Not only will you find an amazing selection of fruits, vegetables, plants, and baked goods, but we are going to have two drawings.  At 10 am, venerable Councilman Ted Becker, who talks recycling “trash” almost every Saturday at the Market, will pick the winner of an Historic Lewes Farmers Market Bag with a copy of Deborah Madison’s Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers’ Markets. The winner will be one of the folk who took the I Eat Local Pledge. At 11 am, that bicycling demon of the roadways, Councilwoman Barbara Vaughan, will pick the winner of the green 2008 Official Historic Lewes Farmers Market Phat Sea Crest 3 Cruiser. This is a much anticipated event, and if you want to see grown men crying, mothers wailing, and dogs howling when they find out they didn’t win this vintage green machine, then come to the drawing.


Food Drive August 30, September 6, and September 13

In addition to our weekly gleaning of fresh produce, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market is sponsoring a food drive for Casa San Francisco’s Food Bank. Please bring your donation to the Market on August 30, September 6 and September 13 to the HLFM table. Here are the specific items that the food bank has requested: spaghetti sauce, pasta, peanut butter, jams and jellies, canned fruits/vegetables/soups, boxed cereal, powdered or shelf stable milk, rice, and beans. Please honor our mission and the health needs of folk who use the food bank by providing healthy foods.


Goodbye Great Green Bike!

If you get to the market before 11am (when the drawing takes place) you can get in one more chance to win 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. For those who just cannot live without this bicycle, it is available by special order through Lewes Cycle–over the bridge on Savannah Road.


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 Get Up and Go! by Nancy Carlson.


Market Demonstrations:

At 9 am, Matt Haley of Sodel Concepts restaurants (Fish On! Bluecoast Seafood Grill, NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, Catch 54, and the new Lupo di Mare) will be demonstrating a recipe using scallops and heirloom tomatoes from USDA Certified Organic Good Earth Market. Susan Ryan, who owns and manages Good Earth Market (an HLFM vendor), will prepare Quinoa summer grain salad stuffed tomatoes. Quinoa (pronounced “ken-wa”) is a protein rich grain (50% more than wheat), high in lysine, iron, phosphorus, and Vitamins A, E, and B.

At 10 am, Aspen Bell from Community Organics (also an HLFM vendor) will demonstrate two dishes: Heirloom Tomato Salad and a Cold Thai Noodle Dish using tomatoes, chicken, and heirloom sweet peppers.


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 Concord grapes, pears, blackberries, and raspberries from her backyard: Concord Grape Jelly, Pear Jam, Pear-Raspberry Jam, Blackberry Jam and Jelly, Raspberry Jam and Jelly, Mixed Berry Jam, No Sugar Mixed Berry Jam, No Sugar Pear Jam, No Sugar Concord Grape Jelly, and Bread and Butter Pickles, which took 1st place at the State Fair. Tomatoes are still plentiful, so she will also have Honey Yellow Tomato Butter, Tomato Chutney, and Tomato Jam. Also plenty of the award-winning Beach Plum Jelly, and other jams and mustards.


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 (time to stock up for the fall and winter), 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: On Saturday they will be bringing their signature cookies including Champion Chunk, White Chocolate Blueberry with Crystallized Ginger, All-American Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar Bird Nests (Sugar Cookies topped with homemade Buttercream Frosting, a nest of Organic Coconut, filled with Organic Jelly Beans), Groovy Granola, Sandy Beach (Coconut Sugar), and Sun Dollar (Lemon Sugar). Verdi Good will feature Dinosaur Crunch (old fashioned English Toffee made with Organic Brown Rice Sugar). For shaved ices you have a choice of lemonade or cherry syrups. Hot-from-the-oven organic Sweet Potato Cinnamon Buns will arrive at the market at approximately 8:30 am, and look for the Blueberry Buns and Farmers Market Quiche (sold by pie or the slice). 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 Encore Peach this Saturday. This large-sized peach is aptly named because it is Bennett’s last peach variety of the year so be sure to get some. It holds up well to cooking, canning and freezing. Our good young friend, Henry Bennett, is off to college this fall, and we wish him well.  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. 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: Sundried Tomato and Basil Cheddar, Young Cheddar (great with the crisp apples now available at the market), Woodland (a bloomy rind semi-soft cheese), and Garlic and Chive Cheddar.


Cleckner Farm: Fresh eggs from free-range chickens.


Community Organics: Ground cherries. Watermelon (new and heirloom varieties-stop by for a sample). Cantaloupe. Community is growing fifty varieties of tomatoes this year. Cherry Tomatoes: Peacevine, Sun Gold, and White. Heirloom Tomatoes:  Brandywine, Black Krim, Fargo Yellow Pear, Red Zebra, Green Zebra, Cherokee Purple, Dr. Wyche’s Yellow, Rose de Berne, Garden Peach, Eva Purple Ball, Cosmonaut Volkov, Pruden’s Purple, and many others. Hybrid Tomatoes: Red slicing varieties including Jet Star, Celebrity, Red Sun, and Tropic. Green Tomatoes. Tomatillos. Legacy Rocambole Garlic. Red, Kennebec White, and Yukon Gold potatoes. Various Eggplants: Ping Tung, Rosa Bianca, and Thai Long Green. Mixed variety of hot peppers and sweet peppers.


Davidson Exotic Mushrooms: Portabellos, Shiitake, Crimini, and Oyster mushrooms, as well as mixed. This Saturday is Portabello Day for those who like to grill on the holiday. Stop by the tent and try a delicious variety of special toppings for grilled portabellos.


Deep Grass Nursery: USDA Certified Organic. Heirloom Tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Valencia, and others. Cantaloupe. Seedless watermelon. Magenta lettuce. Jericho Romaine. Arugula. Basil. Introducing Artisan Gourmet Mustards-French Tarragon and  Honey Mustard.


Eggs of a Feather: The well-known and beloved rooster “Old Whitey” will greet all Market customers. A limited amount of free-range duck eggs and the beautiful green-to-blue colored eggs from Bill’s free-range, pastured chickens, will also be available.


Fifers: Apples include Summer Rambo, Gala, Honey Crisp, and Ginger Gold. Purple Plums. Sweet corn-white and bi-color. Tomatoes. Peaches (white and yellow freestone). Cut flowers, and more.


Fischers’ Farm: The Fischers will be at the Market this Saturday with Yellow Delicious, Gala and Early Mac Apples, and their delicious Hosui and Twentieth Century Asian Pears.


Freeman’s Farm: Sweet bi-color corn (Temptation Variety). Valentino green string beans. Vine-ripened tomatoes. Summer squash. Zucchini. 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). Handmade Organic Pepper Relish. Handmade Soaps.


Good For You Natural Farm: Arugula. Blackberries. Baby and mid-sized Red Core Chantenay and Purple Dragon Carrot Mix. Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers (perfect for Chile Rellenos). Jalapeno Peppers. George Washington Cherry Tomatoes. Tess’s Land Race Currant Tomatoes (Eastern Shore variety). Heirloom beefsteak tomatoes. 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, Morrocan Dipping Sauce, Minted Tabbouleh, Arugula and Brie Spread, Pico de Gallo, Quesadillas, and much more.


Greenbranch Organic Farm: Blue Lake Green Beans.Carson Wax Beans. Fairy Tale, Japanese and Nadia Eggplants. Bell Peppers. French Fingerling Potatoes. Zephyr Bi-color and Magda Squash. Tigress Zucchini. Jalepeno Peppers. Mountain Spring Tomatoes. Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes: Brandywine, Striped German, Black Krim, Black Prince, Reisentraube, Hillbilly, and many more.


Hattie’s Garden: Hattie will have lots of arugula and “Arugula Mesclun” (young lettuces and young arugula mix) this week for those of you for whom it always seems to be sold out. These greens are triple-washed, cooled, bagged and kept cool at market as well. They will last more than a week if refrigerated in your crisper. There may also be a few bags of loose leaf lettuce. She also still has plenty of delicious Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes in overstuffed pints and a few Heirloom tomatoes such as Eva Purple Ball and Ozark Pink.  Hattie’s Pablano Peppers are just beginning to ripen and are a favorite for stuffing in Mexico.  Although a “hot” pepper, they are of mild warmth.  She will bring a recipe or two for you to take home. Look for other pepper varieties and some Asian eggplant.  Fresh bunched Basil as well as large pots of basil to take home and grow will be in abundance. Don’t forget to get some authentic Mojito Mint (this mint is actually from Cuba via a Canadian Herb Plant grower) for those holiday weekend cocktails. Flat Italian Parsley and Dill will be available as well. Flower bouquets feature Cockscomb Celosia and Gladiolus this week with Cilantro flowers as filler. Please use the final weeks of the market to get on Hattie’s email list. She will deliver her fresh produce, especially greens, during the fall and winter to customers in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and the area of Milton in and around Paynter’s Mill.  She also delivers Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms and Birds of a Feather Eggs.A signup sheet is located at her tent.


Kalmar Farm: Sweet corn. Celebrity slicing tomatoes. Eggplant. Green peppers. Cucumbers. Sweet Potatoes.


Lavender Fields: Everything lavender is available here. 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. Lavender bath and body products. Cedar and lavender moth repellant. Lavender Fields Bug-Away.


Lucky Penny: They specialize in beautiful summer/fall flowers. Some bouquets will be arranged in cans and vases ready to put on your 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 are gourds, Cannon Balls (small painting pumpkins), and larger pumpkins for decorating and using for Jack-O-Lanterns.


Magee Farms: Sweet corn. Sugarheart Watermelon. Cantaloupe. Sweet 100 Grape Tomatoes. Heirloom Tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Carolina Gold, and Brandywine. Large Biltmore slicing tomatoes. Sweet Bell Peppers. Sunray Squash. Zucchini. Various peppers including Anaheim, Poblano, Serrano, Jalapeno, Cubanelle (light green to yellow with a sweet and mild flavor), and Long Hots.


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 Garden Fresh Market Quiche, Roasted Vegetable Strudel, Chicken Walnut Grape Salad and Turkey Tarragon Salad. Also returning are the ever popular Macaroons. Fresh Fruit Pies, and other baked goods.

Old World Breads: New from Old World are Cinnamon Shorty’s (which already have a cult following calling them OMG’s). Also available are Petite Wheat Loaves, Sourdough Rolls, the amazing French Baguettes and Sourdough Loaves. All go well 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: This is the end of the season for Paradise’s peaches and nectarines so you will not see them at Market until next year.


Pasqualini’s Bakery: Strudels, Cinnamon Twists, 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: Special sale on trees and shrubs-buy two shrubs and get one free. Choose from Red Bud, Butterfly Bush, Beach Plum, Purple Smoke Bush, and St. John’s Wort. Late summer is a great time for planting due to the cooler temperatures-roots grow well, and plants get established before winter. They will also have Tigerbaby Watermelons, a small, very sweet melon with bright green stripes (much smaller than a traditional Sugar Baby) that can be easily carried home by walkers or on a bike. Delicata squash will also be available. Delicata, an heirloom variety, has a creamy texture and nutty flavor. It can be used like acorn squash and is quite tasty!


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 harvesting the crops from that garden and selling them at our market. Look for them next to the HLFM tables.


The Farm: Not at Market this Saturday.


Lost and Found: If you lost something of value at the Market four 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:

August 30, 2008

Labor Day Book Sale, 9am-3pm, Lewes Public Library.


September 4 and 18

Two more opportunities to join your friends at Lewes Steps Out for Fitness. The free community gatherings will be held at the George H.P. Smith Park (Johnson Street and DuPont Avenue at 6 pm and will feature fitness and health demonstrations.


September 6, 2008

Third Annual Auction and Garden Party, 4-8 pm, 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


September 14, 2008

Lewes Historical Society Cannonball Race 5K Run/Walk. This race benefits the society’s preservation and educational programming. The race is designed to tour beautiful locations throughout Historic Lewes. Go to for more information and to register.


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.


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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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