This Week at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market

by Dave on May 27, 2010

Hello to all friends of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market!

What’s at Market, May, 29, 2010, 8am-12pm
Lewes Historical Society Complex,
110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, DE

“Sustainability is the ability of an ecosystem to renew itself.”– Fred Kirschenmann

Hello friends and welcome to a very special opening day!

On May 29, we are five-years-old! Won’t you join us at 8 am for the ringing of the opening bell by our Mayor and City Council? The City of Lewes has also proclaimed May 29 as Historic Lewes Farmers Market Day!

If you thought that last year’s market was pretty stupendous, you won’t believe what our vendors have to offer you this year. Your support has made this Market the one that local producers really want to join, and that allows us to pick only the best vendors with a diversified offering. At this first market, you will find fresh oysters, lamb, cow and goat cheese, fresh-laid eggs, yogurt, strawberries and blueberries (both certified organic and conventional), asparagus, lettuce greens, spinach, kohlrabi, turnips, snow peas, Swiss chard, breads, fabulous desserts, lots of plants, and much more. For this first newsletter, I have identified the new and old vendors-vendor’s names in green are new vendors, and those in blue are our old vendors. Please note that some of our old vendors (Community Organics and Rainbow Farm) and a number of new vendors are now located in the area next to Third Street.

The Official Historic Lewes Farmers 5-Year Anniversary Market Tote for 2010. Our official HLFM 2010 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 13W x 10 x 15H, 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”, and the other side states “Historic Lewes Farmers Market: Celebrating 5 Years of Being Fresh”. How can you resist? You can get one, two or more at the HLFM table for a $10 donation each to the Market, and let everyone know that you are an HLFM fan.
America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest

American Farmland Trust is sponsoring the second America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest. Farmers market customers across the country will cast their vote for the best farmers market. One large, medium, and small farmers market will win the title of America’s Favorite Farmers Market in 2010. We have registered the HLFM to be in the contest, and we can all watch online to see how we are doing in the contest. Starting June 1 (high noon) please go to America’s Favorite Farmers Market on the American Farmland Trust website, and vote for the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. The contest ends on August 31, and we want to win in the medium category this year. (Last year we placed 4th in the medium category, and were listed in the Top 20 Favorite Farmers Markets). If each of you got just ten of your friends to vote for the HLFM, we would have a good chance of winning. How about emailing the contest info and link to the contest to ALL of your friends?

News About Those Dogs We Love So Much!

As much as we love dogs and are dog owners ourselves, we nevertheless would like to discourage you from bringing your dog to the Market. We know that it is not your dog but there have been problems. If you choose to bring your dog to the Market, we ask that your dog be under control at all times, on a short (4′) leash and behave well in large crowds.
Your dog behaves well if your dog:

* Remains relaxed and calm in crowded public settings.
* Exhibits self control when meeting people and other dogs – doesn’t pull, lunge, bark or growl.
* Can be safely approached by people of all ages – including strangers and children who may not be familiar with dog behavior.
* Doesn’t sniff, lick or otherwise approach products on or around a vendor’s table.

Remember – Not everyone is a dog lover. We do not want to ask anyone to leave the Market because of an unruly pet. Thanks so much for your cooperation.

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. 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 One Bean by Anne Rockwell.

Chef Demonstration: The Market’s kick-off demonstration will be All About Oysters at 9:30 am, featuring a tasting and talk by new vendor Ernie Nichols of Uncle Ernie’s Tangier Sound Oysters. Ernie loves to talk Oysters! He will explain about his Cultured Oysters and how and why Oysters “R” in season all year round! Joe Baker and Chris Bisaha from The Henlopen City Oyster House opening June 1 in Rehoboth Beach will join Ernie. Chris will share recipes and serving suggestions.

Arlington’s Natural Meats: Please note that Arlington’s comes to our Market the first and third Saturdays of every month. They bring all natural beef and pork from animals born and raised on their farm, grain-finished and dry aged. Feed is forage-based with no antibiotics and no metabolic enhancers.

Backyard Jams & Jellies: Winner of Best in State for Softspreads (Jellies and Jams), and seven First Place Ribbons at Delaware State Fairs. Jams featured this Saturday: Strawberry Jam & Jelly, Strawberry Rhubarb and Rhubarb Jam, Peach Jam and Jelly, Pear Jam, Blueberry Jam and Blueberry Peach Jam, Raspberry Jam and Peach Raspberry Jam, Mint Jelly, Blackberry Jam and Jelly, the ever popular Beach Plum Jelly, Red and Green Hot Pepper Jelly, Peach Hot Pepper Jelly, and Mango Hot Pepper Jelly.

Baues’ Busy Bees: Pure raw honey in 12 oz honey bears, 1 lb and 2.5 lb jars. Bee pollen. Beeswax hand cream, lip balm, and body lotion that have a natural SPF of 15 from the beeswax. Handmade Honey Soap that is great for sensitive skin. 100 % beeswax candles in various shapes and sizes. They will gift wrap your purchases for free-great hostess gifts. Baues’ comes to our Market every other week.

Bella’s Cookies: Bella’s Cookies is an all natural and organic cookie company and bakery. They bake with only natural and organic ingredients, no preservatives, no trans fats, no hydrogenated oils, no artificial colors or flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup. Fresh from a “bakery exploration” trip to the Hawaiian Islands, Bella’s is bringing the tastes of Hawaii and the islands of Polynesia to the market all summer long. Say “Aloha” each week to specialties such as Tahitian coconut bread, fresh Pineapple upside down cake, Ono Coconut cake, Lilikoi Cheesecake and Guava crispies to name a few. Their shaved ice will also incorporate new flavors–pineapple and mango syrups, and can also be ordered as served in Hawaii–topped with fresh fruit puree.Their cookies are always available at the Market: Sun Dollar (Lemon Sugar), Sandy Beach (Coconut Sugar), Mocha Java (Chocolate Coffee), Yin Yang (Salty Oatmeal), Breakfast Cookies and many more favorites. Bella’s is also a one-stop shop of baked goods for those with food allergies as they bake an expansive selection of Gluten-Free cookies, brownies, pies and mini cakes. Vegan varieties of cookies include Choco-Cherry, Lemon Sugar, and Vegan brownies. Their Agave sweetened line (no added sugar and suitable for diabetics) has grown tremendously over the last year and customers will now find over two dozen varieties of desserts and pastries including Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies, Agave Cheesecakes, all-occasion frosted cakes, brownies and more. Bella’s works with market vendors, local purveyors and farmers by incorporating local fruits, vegetables and other ingredients into weekly specials. During the months of May and June, Strawberries are being picked through Delaware, and they will be baking them into Strawberry bread pudding, Strawberry Texas muffins, Strawberry pies, breads and cobblers. Another market favorite is the “Farmer’s Market Quiche.” Available in both mini and full sizes, these quiches feature local eggs, cheese, fresh local produce and herbs (when available). If you are interested in purchasing one of the desserts, you can call the bakery the week ahead of Saturday’s market, and they will bring the dessert to the Market so you can pick it up there. Available are: three-layer Carrot cakes with cream cheese frosting and crystallized ginger or toasted pecans, Authentic Key West-Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Mocha Cake, three-layer Summerberry Cake with layers of fresh pastry cream and seasonal fruits folded inside, and more.

Calliope Organic Farm: Naturally certified. This Saturday, they will have: strawberries; several varieties of lettuce including heirlooms Forellenschluss, Speckled Amish, and Rouge D’Iver; Salad Mix: a mix of 7-10 lettuce varieties; DiCicco heirloom Italian broccoli; Windsor Fava Beans; Early Wonder Tall Top Beets; French Breakfast and Cherriette Radishes; Hakurei Salad Turnips; Scallions; Oregon Giant Snow Peas; Garlic Scapes; Bright Lights Swiss Chard; Spring Raab; Napa Cabbage; Black Summer Bok Choi; Napoli Carrots; and Crunchy 5 Bean Salad Sprouts.

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 bring a Talbot Reserve, a cheddar aged over a year with a bloomy rind-complex, creamy, with a nice sharpness. (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: Garlic and Chive Cheddar, and Crab Spice Cheddar. New this year is a Bay Blue cheese. They are also bringing their new line of natural yogurts: Honey, Maple, Natural Vanilla Bean, and Plain-all made on their farm from fresh milk only minutes old, from their grass fed cows.

Chesapeake Bay Farm: Three different rich and creamy ice cream flavors every week that are available as hand-dipped cones, in cups, or take-home pints. Fresh local cow’s milk gourmet cheeses (Old Bay Cheddar, Italian Seasoned, Dill, Horseradish, and many more). Churned butter-salted and unsalted. All products are made from milk with no added hormones from grass fed cows from Worcester County’s only dairy farm.

Community Organics: Easter egg and French Breakfast radishes. Arugula. Red and White Russian kale. Rainbow Lacinato kale. Lacinato (Dinosaur) kale. Tatsoi, Mizuna. Bright Lights chard. Tenderleaf (mild and tender Asian green). Semposai (Asian green similar to collards, but milder). Osaka Purple Mustard. Red Giant Mustard. Fun Jen (a mild Chinese cabbage). Blue’s Chinese Cabbage. Detroit Dark Red and Early Wonder Beets. White Vienna and Purple Kohlrabi. Broccoli. Snow peas. Sugar Snap peas. Lettuces. Scallions. Sweet Potatoes. New red potatoes. White and Gold turnips. (Please note that Community Organics has moved into a new space on the Third Street side of the Market.)

Davidson Exotic Mushrooms: Portabellas, Shiitake, Crimini, and Oyster mushrooms, as well as mixes of all three or mixes of Shiitake and Crimini. They will offer mushroom samples, and will feature a sample mushroom dish with recipe each week.

Deep Grass Nursery: Certified Organic. They will have: organic blueberries, several varieties of their great lettuces, arugula, cilantro, spearmint (never too early to get those Mojitos going), bunching onions, spring onions, and radishes. In addition they will have herb plants, blueberry plants, and beautiful hanging baskets. Jams, jellies, and herbal vinegars are always available.

Down to Earth Organic Farm: Yukina savoy, arugula, radishes and Swiss chard.

Ficner’s Farm: Local red ripe strawberries. Young tender sugar snap peas with edible pods. Spring onions. Assorted herb and tomato plants. Potted sunflowers. Honey.

Fifer Orchards: Fresh cut asparagus. Rhubarb. Sweet Chandler strawberries. Spinach, Scallions. Radishes Fresh shelled peas. Honey. Apple cider donuts.

First State Creamery: Goat cheese made from their own herd of goats. Aged, raw milk hard cheeses will be offered in a variety of flavors, as well as pasteurized soft cheeses.

Freeman Farms: Not at Market until later in June.

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm: 7th year of being USDA Certified Organic. Certified organic strawberries. Lettuces: Green Oakleaf. Simpson, Outredouse, Red Oak Leaf, Butter Crunch, and more. English Breakfast Radishes. Heirloom Tomato Plants (14 varieties this year!) Beautiful cut flowers. Freshly cut herbs. Honey

Greenbranch Farm: USDA Certified Organic. They will be bringing Hakurei and Scarlet Queen Redstems salad turnips, Black Summer Bok Choi, Easter egg radishes, vitamin greens, broccoli raab, strawberries, scallions, Bright Lights Swiss chard, Jericho green leaf lettuce, Red Oakleaf lettuce, and snow peas. They will also have fresh herb plants to sell, primarily basil, cilantro, flat leaf parsley. They will be taking orders/deposits for pastured poultry, to be delivered at market the following week.

Hattie’s Garden: Hattie’s Garden begins the season with lovely Patty Pan Squash in three colors and a few mixed pints of cherry tomatoes for early risers. She has plenty of head lettuce as well as mixed loose leaf lettuce, mesclun and arugula. Also find fresh cilantro, dill and flat parsley in abundance and inexpensive combination packs of herbs. If you haven’t finished putting in your garden yet, Hattie will have heirloom and hybrid tomato plants, pepper plants, eggplants, and herbs, including basil, parsley, cilantro and dill. For flower growers, there are Profusion Zinnias, tall cutting zinnias, a gorgeous Tiger Eye Rudbeckia, and the stunning ornamental pepper known as Black Pearl to name a few. Many varieties of Hattie’s plants are suitable for growing in pots. Also look for beautiful spring cut flowers in tall bunches.

Jimmy Lynn’s Seafood: Soft crabs. Crabcakes. Fresh crab meat. Lobster salad. Deviled crab eggs. Coleslaw. Crab dip. Shrimp salad. Seaweed salad. Potato and macaroni salad. Fresh scallops, clams, and oysters. Local fish in season: flounder, tuna, swordfish, rockfish.

Kalmar Farm: No report yet on what they’re bringing.

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, brioche hamburger buns, Focaccia, rye boule, cinnamon loaves and cinnamon shorties (a real treat with quite a dedicated following).

Lavender Fields: Everything lavender including preserves and jellies. Special this week: Provence lavender plants, Hidcote lavender plants, freshly harvested bunches of Hidcote lavender, strawberry margarita preserves, lavender peppermint foot lotion and lavender soap

Lucky Penny Produce & Flowers: Jersey Knight Asparagus. Beautiful cut-flowers coming soon.

Magee Farms: Chandler and Camarosa strawberries, patio tomato plants, cut-flowers, and herbs.

Nancy’s Fine Foods: This year Nancy is beginning a Coconut Craze, catering to her growing number of coconut macaroon lovers. In addition to the simply luscious Almond Macaroon every week, she will add fruits and nuts to really take it “over the top.” This week the featured macaroon will be Dried Cherry and Chocolate. Returning this year are two favorite salads, Chicken, Walnut and Grape and Dilled Quinoa and Brown Rice (similar to last year’s Greek Quinoa Salad). Nancy has made a new filled pastry based on the orange flavored ricotta filling used in last year’s southern Italian classic Sfogiatelle (“SVOY-lee-ah-tell-eh”), wrapped in flaky dough. It is called Sweet Ricotta Filled Shells and is typical of a classic Italian pastry, not too sweet with really flaky dough. Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake is back, available in individual slices and whole mini cakes. Fresh mozzarella balls will not be available every week, but they will be available through June and then again in August.

Nice Farms Creamery: Cream-line milk, chocolate milk, and yummy yogurt from pastured, grass-fed dairy cows. Cows are free from artificial hormones.

Olivia’s Bread’s & Alden’s Desserts: Olivia’s will not be at the Market until June 5. 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.

Pasqualini’s Bakery: Strudels, Italian bread, cookies, fruit pies, muffins, croissants, and more.

Rainbow Farm: Lilies, lilies and more lilies. Plants to brighten your garden now and for years to come. Red, yellow, pink and always something new each week. They dig up healthy lilies for easy transplanting. If you are a visitor, plants make a great gift for friends that have opened their home to you during the summer. They also have some potted for gifts. And, if you don’t have a garden, they will make beautiful bouquets right on the spot. Lilies have a 1-2 week vase life. (Please note that Rainbow Farm has moved into a new space on the Third Street side of the Market.)

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: They will be bringing a selection of potted trees and shrubs. Selection will include: Silver Willow that can grow to a large tree and is a fast grower with attractive silver foliage. Native Beach Plum that tolerates sandy soil and seaside conditions and the fruit can be made into jam. Curly Willow that has twisted stems that can be used in flower arrangements and tolerates wet as well as dryer sites. Contorted Filbert/ Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick has a unique, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with twisted and gnarled branches clothed in similarly twisted foliage. Weeping, pale yellow catkins adorn bare branches in early spring. This plant makes an interesting winter specimen. Sacred Lilly, Rohdea japonica, is a low evergreen that tolerates dry soil and prefers shade It is a good alternative to Hosta, is hard to find, and desired by plant collectors. Ninebark ‘Summer Wine’ was bred from native North American stock. This variety has pinkish-white, button-like flowers in mid-summer. It is very showy and extremely hardy. It is adaptable to varied soil and pH conditions; including dry. Annabelle Hydrangea is 3-4 foot shrub. The big and bold snowball flowers gradually change from green to pure white. Ginko biloba grows to a large tree over time. This “living fossil” is the only species left of an ancient group of plants. Thought to be extinct in the wild, it was cultivated for centuries around Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. It is adaptable to most soils and difficult landscape situations. It is salt and heat tolerant, pest free, with a bright yellow fall color. Wisteria is a fast growing vine, that can be easy trained onto arbors and fences for shade and screening. Tolerates seaside conditions well.

Springfield Farms:They will be bringing lamb chops, rack of lamb, leg of lamb, ground lamb, leg steaks, and about every other cut of lamb that you can think of. They will also be selling from their own sheep: raw wool, yarn, wool roving, blankets, socks, and more.

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. At least four varieties-plain, sesame, cinnamon-raisin, and everything.

Sussex Consortium: They will come to Market on June 5. (They will now be located at the entrance to the Market from Shipcarpenter St.)

Twin Post Farm: They will be bringing their fresh-laid chicken and duck eggs to the Market.

Uncle Ernie’s Tangier Sound Oysters: Uncle Ernie (“Cultured Oysters from a Cultured Man”) will be selling “cultured” Crassostrea virginica, the native eastern oyster. He will be selling them on the half-shell (opened for eating raw), and live in the shell by the dozen to take home. He will not be selling jarred oysters, but if someone brings their own container, they can buy the half-shell oysters and put the meats in their container to take home. During the summer months when the normal diploid oysters start spawning, they will switch to the non-reproductive triploid oyster (same species) that does not spawn and therefore stays nice and fat like a winter oyster.

Please note that the following vendors will be at market when their produce is in season: Bennett Orchards, Paradise Orchards, and Fischers’ Farm.
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The HLFM now has it’s very own Facebook page-it’s fun, informative, and has lots of pics, recipes, comments, links to good articles, etc. I try to get there regularly, and you should too. Just go to Facebook and search for Historic Lewes Farmers Market.
Lewes Historical Society and Cape May Lewes Ferry Trolly Tours

Enjoy the sights of Lewes and learn about its history from a seat on an old-fashioned trolley! The Lewes Historical Society, in conjunction with the Cape May Lewes Ferry, conducts trolley tours every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11:15AM and 12:45PM beginning on Tuesday, June 15. The narrated tour is forty-five minutes long and provides a great overview of the “First Town in the First State”! Tickets are $5.00 each for adults with children and students riding for $1.00! Tickets may be purchased at the Ryves Holt House at the corner of Mulberry and Second Street or by calling the Society at (302) 645-7670, extension 12.
Please Put on Your Calender:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Lewes Summer Concert Series at Stango Park (located on Kings Highway) features Jazz by the Navy Commodores at 7pm. All performances are free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 6, 2010
Taste of Lewes, 12pm-3pm at the University of Delaware’s Virden Center, Lewes, DE. The Friends of the Canalfront Park are sponsoring this fundraiser to benefit the Canalfront Park. This year’s theme is “Flip Flop Fun” and will feature chefs and food from 20 area restaurants. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at The Net House (302-645-2795), Community Bank Delaware (Lewes and Rehoboth branches), Lewes Chamber of Commerce, Café Azafran, and the Canalfront Park Office. Tickets at the door will be $40.

Tuesday, June 29, 1010
“From the Farm,” a dinner prepared by Matt Haley’s Plate Catering, takes place at Good Earth Market, 31806 Good Earth Lane, Rt. 26. This organic dinner will be prepared completely from local ingredients and feature biodynamic wines. Tickets are $75 per person, and only 100 will be sold. All proceeds will benefit The Milton Theatre. Please contact Good Earth Market to make a reservation: 302-537-7100.

Farm-to-Table Dinners
Nage and Fifer’s Orchards are co-sponsoring Farm-to-Table Dinners every Thursday with a different farmer featured each week. You may call them for reservations and to find out more: 302-226-2037. Tell Nage we sent you.

University of Delaware’s Garden for the Community
Volunteers from the University of Delaware and Food Bank of Delaware recently started planting a Garden for the Community. Located on a third of an acre at the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the garden will provide a stream of fresh produce to Delaware’s hungry this season. For more information: Garden for the Community.
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, but usually not during a hurricane. See you at market!

-Helaine Harris for the Historic Lewes Farmers Market

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