This Week at the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market

by Dave on August 27, 2009

From HLFM — This Saturday at the Market look for Elvis the white rooster, organic seeds for Spring planting, Black Cherry tomatoes, freshly-made mint jelly, Lima beans, sweet potatoes, Poblano peppers, Crenshaw melons, tomatillos, Yukon Gold potatoes, and much more.

Bicycle Give Away
The drawing for the bicycle takes place on September 5, Labor Day weekend, so there are only TWO more chances to enter the drawing for the 2009 Official Historic Lewes Farmers Market Phat Sea Breeze Cruiser. It is Vintage Green (of course), and has a Phat Custom Dual Spring Cruiser Saddle, barefoot cruiser pedals, a market basket up front, and a bell to announce your arrival. 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. In order to enter the contest this year all you need to do is fill out a short (and it is short) questionnaire answering how you heard about the Market. You can enter every Saturday you come to the Market, so come often and your chances of winning get better.

Farmers Market at the White House?
Don’t know if you saw the news this week, but during the question and answer period at the National Health Care Forum, President Obama said that he’d like to see a farmers market right outside the White House. We think that it would be great for the 15 million visitors that come to the nation’s capital to be able to visit a farmers market selling local food right in front of the White House. To see more about this go to White House Farmers Market. President Obama, we hope when you visit Delaware you will visit our Market!

Just How Much Weed Killer is Safe in Our Water Glasses?
There was an interesting article in The New York Times on August 22 concerning atrazine, the very popular weed killer used by farmers and lawn care workers. (The EPA estimates that it is the most heavily used herbicide in the U.S.) It often washes into water supplies and has become among the most common contaminants in American reservoirs and other sources of drinking water. According to the article, new research suggests that atrazine may be dangerous at lower concentrations. Recent studies suggest that, even at concentrations meeting current federal standards, the chemical may be associated with birth defects, low birth rates, and menstrual problems. However, please note that officials at EPA say that current regulations are adequate to protect human health, and that doses of atrazine coming through our taps are safe-even when concentrations go up. To read more go to Weed Killer.

Market Terms-It’s all in the definition!
Vine-ripened/Tree-ripened: Fruit that has been allowed to ripen on the vine or tree. Many fruits that are shipped long distances while still unripe and firm are then treated with ethylene gas to “ripen” and soften them.
dogAbout 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. We know that fights are always caused by the “other dog”, so if you bring your dog, please watch him/her carefully, and please have the dog under control at all times and on a short leash, so that we do not have to ask you to leave the market with your pet.

What’s at Market This Saturday:
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. Maureen Miller, Children’s Librarian from our very own Lewes Public Library, reads the stories and interacts with the kids to plant seeds, make flowers out of tissue paper and 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.

Demonstrations: Cape Gazette food writer Denise Clemons will be giving a demonstration at 9 am. At 10 am, Holly Foster of Chapel’s Country Creamery, a vendor at our Market, will be giving a demonstration using her cheeses.

Arlington’s Natural Meats: Not at Market this Saturday, but they want you to know that they have a limited supply of lamb available. They are selling it by the half (about 22 lbs.) or the whole (55 lbs.). If you are interested, and want to have them custom cut, please call no later than August 31. They can reached at 410-726-5628. The price is $199 for a half and $380 for a whole lamb. Please note that Arlington’s will be at the Market the first and third Saturday of every month.

Backyard Jams & Jellies: New this week-Pineapple Jam and Fresh Mint Jelly. Beach Plum Jelly is also here–made with freshly picked beach plums from our local sandy dunes. In addition to the usual assortment of flavors, Krista will have little jars of jam and jelly (4-5 ounce). Perfect, if you live alone, or just want to try different flavors. Create your own gift basket, or mix and match for a special price. Sample her Tomato Jam and Tomato Chutney and delicious Bread-and-Butter Pickles made with cucumbers from her own backyard (2008 First Premium at the Delaware State Fair). Also available: Fresh Peach Hot Pepper Jelly, Mango Hot Pepper Jelly, Blackberry Jam and Jelly, Pear Raspberry Jam, Pear Jam, Raspberry Jam and Jelly, Fresh Blueberry Jam, Strawberry Jam and (my favorite) Peach Jam. The No Sugar Jams will be: Pear, Pear Raspberry, Blueberry, Blueberry Peach, Mixed Berry, Bing Cherry Jelly, and Peach. Country Apricot Mustard and Champagne Mustard will also be available (and you can sample them.) Backyard Jams and Jellies was the winner of Best in State for Soft Spreads (Jellies and Jams), and seven First Place Ribbons at the 2008 Delaware State Fair. They make wonderful hostess gifts. Bring a taste of Delaware home! (Krista thanks you for saving your empty jars for her.)

Baues’ Busy Bees: Not at Market this Saturday.
Bella’s Cookies: Along with a gigantic lineup of cookies this weekend, you will also find personal-sized Farmers Market Quiche. A market favorite to walk around with in the morning, these quiches are full of chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, fresh eggs, cheese, potatoes, and a variety of spices. You will find both gluten free and regular brownies, as well as a large selection of gluten free cookies including: Oatmeal Raisin, Gingersnaps, Chocolate Chunk, Coconut Macaroons, and English Toffee. There are also many vegan and egg free options including three varieties of Breakfast Cookies available for those looking for a high protein and fiber, low fat, low calorie treat–Lemon Blueberry, Raisin Spice, and Pumpkin Cranberry. Agave sweetened cookies are for those watching their sugar intake are available as Oatmeal Raisin, Butter Pecan and agave-sweetened Fruit Bar Bites. Traditional cookies will include the Yin-Yang (Salty Oatmeal), Sandy Beach, Peanut Butter Power, Champion Chunk, the Woo-Woo, Sun Dollar (Lemon Sugar) and more. They’ve recently introduced two new cookies–Mocha Java (a chocolate coffee cookie using locally roasted coffee) and Sublime (a Key Lime-White chocolate cookie). Bella’s Cookies is a natural and organic bakery and in each delicious baked creation, you’ll find no corn syrup of any kind, no refined sugar, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, no trans fats and no hydrogenated oils. Bella’s also features local ingredients from Delaware growers and producers where available. Feel free to contact them with personal requests and special orders from their dessert line. Call 302-684-8152.

Bennett Orchards: Bennett’s has finished for the season.

Cakewalk Confections: Not at Market this Saturday.

Calliope Organic Farm: Naturally certified vendor. Salad Mix. Beets. Vitamin Greens. Shunkyo and French Breakfast Radishes. Blondkopfchen Heirloom Tomatoes. Yellow Cherry Tomatoes. New Girl Hybrid Tomatoes. Tasty Jade Burpless Cucumbers. Red Noodle Asparagus Beans. Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans. Poblano Peppers. Red, Yellow, and Sweet Chocolate Bell Peppers. Rounds of Hungary Pimento Peppers. Scallions.

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 have a wonderful Chapelle Cave-Aged Cheese. This cheese is drained naturally overnight, and then placed in the cave to age naturally for at least two months. They also have a new Alpine-style cheese called Woodland-very delicate with a great flavor. Other cheeses from Chapel’s: Garlic and Chive Cheddar, and Crab Spice Cheddar.

Chesapeake Bay Farm: Fresh local cow’s milk gourmet cheeses including a fabulous Gouda. Gourmet ice cream (hand-dipped cones and pints-flavors have included Chocolate Peanut, Caramel, Cherry Vanilla, Peach, and Vanilla), and to die for Churned butter-salted and unsalted. Homemade truffles. All products are made from milk with no added hormones from grass fed cows from Worcester County’s only dairy farm.

Cleckner Farm: Fresh, free range eggs and all natural (no antibiotics, growth stimulants, animal proteins, etc.) and USDA inspected chicken broilers, large roasters, and stewing chickens. The large roasters weigh between 5 and 8 lbs-perfect for a large family or small dinner party. (The chickens are superb.) The free-range brown eggs will be available in a number of sizes, and in ½ and whole dozen packages.

Community Organics: Green Tomatoes. Christmas Pole Lima Beans. Heirloom Tomatoes-Black Krim, Brandywine, Cosmonaut Volkov, Garden Peach, Glacier, Ida Gold, Pruden’s Purple, and Stupice. Cherry Tomatoes-SunGold and White Cherry. Mixed hybrid tomatoes for slicing. Tomatillos. Sweet Peppers. Summer squashes: Benning’s Green Tint Patty Pan, Cocozelle, Costata Romanesco, Sunburst Patty Pan, Golden Zucchini, Eight Ball (great for stuffing and grilling). Eggplants. Bright Lights Swiss Chard. Community Organics is known for their hot peppers. Here are some of their varieties: Jalapeno, Hot Portugal, Bulgarian Carrot, Padron, Hungarian Wax, and Czech Black. Freshly-cut Lemon Basil.

Davidson Exotic Mushrooms: Portabellas, Shiitake, Crimini, and Oyster mushrooms, as well as mixes of all three or mixes of Shiitake and Crimini. Please note that this Saturday will be “Recipe Catch-Up Day”-a day for anyone who has missed one of Davidson’s recipes to be able to pick up a copy, and be totally up-to-date. There will be a new recipe also, but sorry no samples this Saturday.

Deep Grass Organic: USDA Certified Organic. New Red Fire and Magenta Lettuces. Mesclun Mix. Leeks. Onions. Watermelons. Cantaloupes. Honeydew Melons. Yukon Gold Potatoes. Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomatoes. Black, SunGold, and Washington Cherry Tomatoes. Tomato Basil Jelly. Herbal rubs for braising, marinating, and grilling. Red Raspberry Vinegar, Chive Blossom Vinegar, and other herbal vinegars.

Down to Earth Organic Farm: USDA Certified Organic. Various Heirloom Tomatoes. Swiss Chard. Eggplant. Peppers. Down to Earth does not use any pesticides, and only uses fish emulsion, compost, and compost tea to fertilize-no animal by-products are used.

Eggs of a Feather: It’s molting time again, and so Bill will have less of his colorful free-range farmstead chicken eggs from rare and heritage chicken breeds. Guest chicken is Ole Whitey’s grandchild, Elvis-another white rooster. This will be his very first time away from home. Less than two-years-old, he already has a great character. If the weather is good, Bill will also bring some baby chicks.

Ficner’s Farm: Lima Beans. White sweet corn. Vine ripe tomatoes. Grape tomatoes. Long tender green and yellow wax beans, Yellow and green squash. Kirby cucumbers. Long green cucumbers. Swiss Chard. Beautiful Zinnia bouquets. Sunflowers. Honey from the farm.

Fifer Orchards: Yellow and White Freestone Peaches. Apples: Gala and Ginger Gold. Red and Yellow Raspberries. Lima Beans. Heirloom and Cherry Tomatoes. Various fresh vegetables including cucumbers, squash, and more. Freshly-cut summer flowers. Honey from the farm.

Fischers’ Farm: They will be bringing Stanley (Italian) plums (get ’em while they last), Winter Banana Apples, and other apples.

Freeman Farms: Freeman Farms will have fresh, hand harvested “White Out” Sweet Corn as well as “Temptation”, Bi-Color Sweet Corn. Tomatoes: Applause and Sunbeam Tender. Various eggplants.

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm: USDA Certified Organic. Blueberries. Squash. Heirloom Tomatoes. Eggplant. Peppers. Freshly-cut basil. Cut flowers in Mason jars (lovely country bouquet). Eggplants. Her Snappy Jacks Pepper Relish will be available to sample this Saturday. I tasted it last weekend-great pepper flavor with just a hint of fire. Put it over cream cheese for a great happy hour snack. She will also have seed packets for sale this Saturday. Get your organic seeds early for next Spring’s planting.

Greenbranch Farm: USDA Certified Organic. Salad turnips and turnip greens. Athena Cantaloupes. Heirloom Tomatoes: Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Red Rose, Ruby Gold, and Yellow Brandywine. Hybrids: Big Beef, Paragon, SunGold, and Washington Cherry. Carson Wax Beans. Jade Green Beans. Fairy Tale Eggplant. Nadia (classic) Eggplant. Orient Express Eggplant. Raveena Green Eggplant. Marketmore Cucumbers Armenian Cucumbers. Squashes: Geode Round, Tigress Zucchini, Zephyr Bicolor, Yellow Crookneck (heirloom), and Multipik Yellow Straightneck. Marketmore Cucumber. Freshly dug red and white fingerling potatoes (great for potato salad): German Butterball (yellow) and Tom Thumb (red). Hot Peppers: Fresno, Hungarian Wax, Ancho Poblano, Andy Chili, and Serrano. Sweet Peppers: Lipstick Pimento and Cubanelle, as well as green to red and yellow to red bell peppers.

Hattie’s Garden: Hattie has beautiful Haricot Verts this week–slender, crisp, and delicious. There should be a good bit of arugula and mesclun, but the earlier you arrive, the more likely you will be to get a bag. Fresh cut Cilantro and Dill will be in the little red cooler. Ping Tung Long eggplant will be accompanied by a new recipe this week. The Black Cherry Tomatoes are in abundance, and are an amazing large gourmet cherry tomato with the flavor of a sophisticated black tomato such as Black Krim. For the kids and those with a sweet tooth, there is still nothing like SunGold Cherry Tomatoes and Hattie has lots of those too. She will be doing tasting of both tomatoes. She also has a limited number of fine heirloom tomatoes (Brandywine and Pruden’s Purple) and just a couple Aunt Ruby’s German Green. Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)–Purple, Strawberry Red and Carmine–will be available in bunches of about two dozen stems. (They can be dried and enjoyed well into the winter.)

Jimmy Lynn’s Seafood: Steamed crabs. Softshell crabs. Fresh crabmeat. Shrimp salad. Lobster salad. Coleslaw. Crabcake sandwiches. Local fish in season: flounder, tuna, swordfish, clams, scallops.

Kalmar Farm: Turnips. Sweet potatoes. Sweet corn. Seedless Watermelon. Tomatoes: Celebrity and Mountain Fresh. Cucumbers. Red and Yukon Gold potatoes. Green Beans. Eggplant.

Kogler’s Old World Breads: Handcrafted and baked in an artisan bakery in Ellendale, DE. Beginning with the finest ingredients: King Arthur Flour, filtered water, yeast and salt. Each item is hand formed to create the delicate textures, flavors, and golden crust reminiscent of European breads. There will be French baguettes, sourdough loaves, Italian loaves, country loaves, Focaccia, rye boule, cinnamon loaves and cinnamon shorties (a real treat with quite a dedicated following).

Lavender Fields: Everything lavender can be found here. New this week: Lavender and Green Tea and freshly harvested Hidcote English Lavender. Lavender lotion is back in stock, as well as Bug Away and lavender sugar scrub. Regular lavender products include preserves, jams and jellies, Herbs de Provence, lavender-infused honey, culinary lavender, lavender and rose tea, and lavender bath and body products.

Lucky Penny Produce & Flowers: Lucky Penny is bringing their beautiful cans of summer flowers and bouquets. Summer flowers include Rudbeckia, Snapdragons, beautiful Sunflowers, Zinnias, Amaranthus, Ageratum, and Asparagus Fern. Flowers will be available in vase/cans, bouquets and individual stem. (Sunflowers are just spectacular!) The flowers come with flower food to extend their beauty, and make excellent hostess gifts.

Magee Farms: Watermelons. Heirloom Tomatoes: Brandywine, Carolina Gold, and Cherokee Purple. Early Bush and Celebrity Tomatoes. Sweet Ice Corn. Aristotle Bell Peppers. Sunray Squash. Spineless Beauty Zucchini. Bronco Green Beans. Assorted herbs. Beautiful potted mums and asters.

Nancy’s Fine Foods: Nancy will be bringing her homemade Panna Cotta this Saturday. Her Panna Cotta, which translates as “cooked cream” from the Italian is a very fine dessert indeed-light and silky smooth. (I translate it to a simple “heavenly”!) Select her fresh mozzarella balls to complement tomatoes and fresh basil from our vendors for the best Caprese salad west of Sicily. Nancy’s southern Italian tomato sauce for this Saturday is Vodka sauce. End this meal with her Sfogliatelle–a sweet ricotta-filled pastry. Southern Italy is also known for miles and miles of lemon trees. Lemons are the integral ingredient in Nancy’s Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake, tangy yet sweet, with great citrus taste! Chicken, Walnut and Grape salad is returning as well as those huge Coconut Macaroons.

Olivia’s Bread’s & Alden’s Dessert’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. To celebrate their new son’s arrival, they have named their dessert line after him-Alden’s Dessert’s. Call ahead if you have a special order for market pick-up: 302-424-4395. Each Saturday, they will bring 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.

Pasqualini’s Bakery: Bear claws, strudels, Italian bread, cinnamon buns, cookies, fruit pies, muffins, croissants, and more.

Rainbow Farm: Lilies in all shapes and colors–Oriental, Asiatic, and LA hybrids. Colors are pink, red, yellow, two-tone, and orange. Some have fragrance, and some not. Lilies are available as cut flowers and in bouquets. They are florist quality, and bouquets will last at least a week, and maybe more. If you bring your favorite vase, they will fill it for you, or you can purchase lily plants that they dig up right there at the Market for you to take home and plant. Great bouquets for summer parties and hostess gifts.

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). Available by the pound. Also, you can purchase a cup of her wonderful coffee, freshly brewed, at the market.

Seaberry Farm: Seaberry Farm will have a selection of melons, including Sensation
Melons (white-fleshed melon that is smooth and sweet), Banana Melons (not round, but elongate, light yellow and tapered like a banana with great flavor), Small Watermelons, and new this week-Crenshaw melons. They will also have Delicata squash. This white and green striped winter squash has sweet yellow flesh reminiscent of roasted chestnuts. It is easy to bake and serves two. Buttercup squash, Zephyr squash, and freshly-cut basil will also be available.

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, cinnamon-raisin, poppy, multi-grain, and everything.

Sussex Consortium: Really nice Pablano Peppers (great for stuffing). Eggplant. Tomatoes. Freshly-cut basil and cilantro. Cut-flowers.

(Please note that Paradise Orchards will not be at the Market this year as they lost their peach flowers in a storm.)
Please Put on Your Calendar:
September 3, 2009
First “First Thursday” Celebrate Lewes Life in the Historic Commercial District surrounding Second Street, 5-8pm.

September 5, 2009
Labor Day Book Sale and Bistro at the Lewes Public Library, 9am-3pm.

September 9, 2009
Lewes Steps Out for Fitness Bonfire on Lewes Beach, 5:30pm.

September 12, 2009
Annual Auction to benefit Milton Historical Society, Milton Fire Hall, 166 Front Street, Milton, DE, 4-8pm. Everything from a symphony package to NASCAR tickets will be up for bids during the silent and live auction that benefits the Milton Historical Society. (Every year guests vie for a dozen farm fresh eggs from Gladys Wilkin’s banty hens-Eeney, Meeney, Mine, and Moe). Lots of fun and a great cause! For more information visit

September 11, 2009
Opening reception, 5-7pm, for Rehoboth Art League’s Member’s Fall Theme Exhibition, Farmers Markets. The exhibition will be open from September 11 through November 1, 2009. They are inviting members to submit works on the theme of Farmers Markets. If you would like more information either call 302-227-8408 or go to Rehoboth Art League.

September 20, 2009
Lewes Historical Society Third Cannonball 5K Race/Walk. The race, known by many as “The Most Beautiful Race Course in Delaware,” is designed to be a tour of historic Lewes. The course includes breath-taking scenery along Pilottown Road, and views of the Great Marsh, Shipcarpenter Square, Second Street, and the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal. The race ends at The Lewes Historical Society’s Historic Complex in the heart of Lewes. A description of the historic sites along the race route is included in your registration papers. To register for this event please call 302-645-7670 or click Cannonball Race for the pre-registration form.

September 25 and 25, 2009
Fourth Annual Taste the Fruit of the Vine: A Benefit for the Sussex County Community Outreach Program. For more information call 302-645-8479 or go to Taste the Fruit of the Vine.
Market Bag

The Official Historic Lewes Farmers Market Tote for 2009

Our official HLFM 2009 Market Tote is a Therm-O-Tote–a sturdy tote with an insulated inside to keep produce cool while you shop. There is a zipper closure, dual reinforced 20″ carrying handles, and plastic bottom insert. Measuring 13″w x 10 x 15″h, this earth-friendly bag contains 20% post-industrial recycled content and is reusable. The HLFM store poster graphic appears on one side of the tote with the logo: Historic Lewes Farmers Market-Where Being Fresh is Socially Acceptable. How can you resist? You can get one, two, or more at the HLFM table for a $10 donation to the Market, and be stylin’ for the whole summer.
The Book Table at the Market
We have an entire table at the Market devoted to great reading about sustainable and organic farming, preserving fruits and vegetables, gardening, and more. If you want a great cookbook, copies of Michael Pollan’s books or books for your kids to teach them about preserving our natural resources, then you need to check out the table. All the books are donated to the HLFM, and we sell them at bargain prices so that we can spread the word about eating locally, making Delaware farmland more sustainable, and much more. Check it out.
Goodbye Bottled Water: We do not 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.

Did you know that the Historic Lewes Farmers Market has a 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:

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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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