This Week at the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market

by Dave on June 3, 2010

What’s at Market, June 5, 2010, 8am-12pm, at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE

Thanks to all 2,500 of you who came to the Market last Saturday on opening day. Special thanks to Council members Barbara Vaughan, Ted Becker, and Victor Letonoff for the ringing of the bell.

The vendors need you to visit the Market every Saturday, and we hope that you can come and taste the great goat cheese, cow cheese, lamb sausage, mushrooms, yogurt, and fresh milk that are just some of the samples that the vendors are handing out each Saturday so that you can taste their great offerings.

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 are casting their votes for the best farmers market right now until August 31 when the contest ends. 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. Please vote TODAY for the Historic Lewes Farmers Market by going to VOTE America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest.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. You can also spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, or send this E-Card to everyone you know. Please help, today.

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.
Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Selections
On May 19, the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation met to finalize selections for the first phase of Public Round 15 in which 36 out of 94 farms that applied were selected. This May 19 selection will permanently preserve 3,263 acres of farmland at a cost of $8,572,778. Funding for the selections was provided by the State and the Federal Government. This year, New Castle County provided nearly $600,000 to preserve six farms. Landowners agreed to discounts that averaged 69.10 percent, which brought their in-kind contribution to $19,207,644.14. Once these selections go to settlement, Delaware’s total number of acres permanently preserved by Delaware’s Agricultural Lands Preservation Program will be 97,198. Additional Round 15 selections may be presented once Kent County and Sussex County review the farms that remain unpreserved in their respective jurisdictions. If funding is realized from the counties, federal funds will be used as a match.

Thought for the Week
“There are enormous reserves of local experience that must be preserved in view of the fact that they actually represent a cultural patrimony. When we say that we have a heritage of products, we are basically saying that we have a cultural heritage. A material fact is thus a Pact of civilization, with its obvious economic value. [Our local products] are the creation of a body of farmers and tradespeople who have expressed the spirit of the land, their ideologies, their way of living through their products. That’s why it’s a question of cultural heritage.”-Corrado Barberis, President of the Italian Institute of Rural Sociology.
When the Market Moves
Don’t forget that due to other events at the Lewes Historical Society, the Market moves to Shields Elementary School Parking Lot, 910 Shields Ave, near intersection of Savannah Rd. and Sussex Dr., Lewes, DE on June 26, July 10, August 7, and October 2.
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. The Lewes Public Library is sponsoring this with us, and Maureen Miller, Children’s Librarian from the 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 The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.

Chef Demonstration: Guest Chef Phil Mastrippolito from Fish On! will shop the Market and then give a cooking demonstration at 10 am featuring fresh ingredients from the Market. Fish On!, a Matt Haley restaurant in Lewes, is known for its eclectic menu of Mid-Atlantic seafood and fresh produce. Chef Phil joined the team in 2005 bringing a “farm to table” approach that keeps Fish On! one of Lewes’ best and most popular dinner spots.
Arlington Natural Meats
The meat lady cometh to Market with the following this Saturday:
BEEF: Steaks-filet, Delmonico, porterhouse, New York strip, t-bone, sirloin, flank, chopped steak. Roasts–rump, round top or bottom, eye, sirloin tip, chuck. Other beef: London broil, oxtail, brisket, smoked tongue, short ribs, beef cubes, shin meat, beef liver, soup bones, sandwich steaks, beef patties, ground beef.
PORK: pork tenderloin, boneless pork chops, center cut pork chops, boneless pork loin roast, baby back ribs, spare ribs, smoked bacon, smoked center cut ham slice, smoked ham roast, Boston butt, scrapple, various pork sausages. All natural beef and pork products are from animals born and raised on their farm, grain-finished and dry aged. Feed is forage-based with no antibiotics and no metabolic enhancers. Please note that Arlington’s will be at the Market the first and third Saturday of every month.

Backyard Jams & Jellies: They grow their own strawberries and rhubarb in their Milton backyard, so this week Krista has made a lot of Strawberry Rhubarb Jam! She will also have Rhubarb Jam, Strawberry Jam and Jelly, and No Sugar Strawberry Jam. Also available will be the market favorite Beach Plum Jelly, made with beach plums harvested from our local sandy dunes. Also available: Mint Jelly, Blackberry Jam, Peach Raspberry Jam, Blueberry Jam, Peach Jam and Jelly. The No Sugar Jams will be: Strawberry, Beach Plum, Blueberry Peach, Blueberry, Mixed Berry, and Peach. Come to her stand and sample Country Apricot Mustard and Champagne Mustard. 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 great hostess gifts and end-of-the-year gifts for teachers. (Please save your empty jars for her.)

Baues’ Busy Bees: Not at Market this week, but back on June 12.

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. Bella’s is bringing the tastes of Hawaii and the islands of Polynesia to the market all summer long. This week it’s Tahitian Coconut Bread, Pineapple Cakes, Pineapple and Carrot Muffins, and Hawaiian Coconut shortbread cookies. 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. On the table this week are Delaware Rum Cakes (using locally distilled Dogfish Head Brown Honey Rum), Key Lime Pie, and Chocolate Raspberry mini cakes.

Calliope Organic Farm: Naturally certified. This Saturday, they will have: several varieties of lettuce including Romaine, Red Oak, Speckled Amish Bib, and Waldmann’s Green Leaf; Salad Mix: a mix of 7-10 lettuce varieties; Deep Purple and White Spear Scallions; DiCicco heirloom Italian Broccoli; Windsor Fava Beans; Early Wonder Tall Top Beets; French Breakfast Radishes; Hakurei Salad Turnips; Chiogga, candy-striped Italian heirloom beets; Scarlet Nantes Carrots; Bright Lights Swiss Chard; Spring Raab; Napa Cabbage; and Basil.

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 Spiced Cheddar. New this year is a Bay Blue cheese (fabulous!). 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 available as hand-dipped cones, in cups, or take-home pints (worth standing in line for.) 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: 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. Arugula. Detroit Dark Red and Early Wonder Beets. Easter egg and French Breakfast radishes. 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: USDA Certified Organic. In addition to their beautiful lettuces, they will have beets, spring onions, scallions, and radishes. By popular demand, they plan to have their Gourmet Basil Pestos. Jams, jellies, and herbal vinegars are always available, as well as their pies.

Down to Earth Organic Farm: USDA Certified Organic. Beets, Swiss chard, arugula, radishes, and cucumbers.

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

Fifer Orchards: Sweet shelled peas. Spring spinach. Scallions. Radishes. Beets. Sweet Chandler strawberries. Asparagus. Possibly Rhubarb and Blueberries. 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 including Old Bay Colby, Italian Hard Cheddar, Tomato Basil Cheddar, Plain Cheddar, Plain Colby, as well as pasteurized soft cheeses in various flavors as well as plain.

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: Ace Red Beets; Zephyr Squash; Raven Zucchini; Black Summer Bok Choi; Hakurei and Scarlett Queen Redstems Salad Turnips; Vitamin Greens; Spring Broccoli Raab; Rainbow Chard; many varieties of red and green lettuces including Jericho Green Leaf lettuce and Red Oakleaf lettuce; Snow Peas; Green Cabbages and Minuet Napa Cabbage (Cole Slaw season is upon us!); Free-range Chicken Eggs; and Pork Scrapple, Pork Sausage (great taste), and Ham Slices. They will be taking orders/deposits for pastured poultry, to be delivered at market the following week.

Hattie’s Garden: Hattie will have sugar snap peas this week and lots of beautiful patty pan squash, a new cutting of young arugula and young loose leaf lettuce. There might be a couple of pints of cherry tomatoes, and you will also find scallions and fresh-cut herbs including basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, sage, oregano, rosemary and mint. Hattie still has a good selection of heirloom tomato plants and plenty of herb plants and annual flower plants. This week the larkspur is blooming and this elegant short-lived spring flower should be in abundance in tall straight bunches and tall mixed cut flower bouquets including zinnias and cosmos, with wonderful herb fillers.

Jimmy Lynn’s Seafood: Soft-shell crabs. Crabcakes. Fresh crab meat. Lobster salad. Crab Deviled 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: Asparagus. Peas. Kale. Spinach. Swiss chard. Yellow and zucchini squashes. Redskin potatoes.

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, and cinnamon loaves, and cinnamon shorties (a real treat with quite a dedicated following). New this year are cinnamon raisin sticky buns (DECADENT!).

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. Mojito mint. A few cans of beautiful cut-flowers-so come early.

Magee Farms: Chandler strawberries, Sunray squash, Spineless Beauty Zucchini, cut-flowers, and herbs.

Nancy’s Fine Foods: Nancy is continuing the 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 Apricot and Almond. She will be offering 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. (Had the mozzarella for dinner earlier this week, and it is truly good–one of the best kept secrets of the Market.)

Nice Farms Creamery: Cream-line milk, chocolate milk, and yummy yogurt from pastured, grass-fed dairy cows. (You need to try the milk as it is pretty fabulous.) Cows are free from artificial hormones.

Olivia’s Bread’s & Alden’s Desserts: 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: Bear claws, 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. They will also have dried Pussy Willow stems this Saturday.

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 is 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 bread 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 easily 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, lamb 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 cutting boards made from trees on their farm.

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: A couple of years ago, the HLFM helped the students of the Sussex Consortium and their teachers plant a large organic garden on the school property. They have expanded their garden since then, and are now harvesting a diverse group of crops from that garden and selling the vegetables and herbs at our market. This week they will be bringing Swiss chard, radishes, and garlic.

Twin Post Farm: They will be bringing their fresh-laid chicken and duck eggs to the Market. We have had their eggs and they are really great tasting. Many of the jumbo eggs were double-yoked!

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.
Please Put on Your Calendar:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Lewes Summer Concert Series at Stango Park (located on Kings Highway) features Pop from the ’50s and ’60s by the Honeycombs 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.

Fathers Day Weekend, June 18-20, 2010
Join the Lewes Historical Society as they help rekindle the art of shipbuilding at the Family Boatbuilding Weekend. Participating groups may have been 2 and 6 members. All groups will be provided with the wood, hardware, and oars needed. On Sunday June 20 the boats will be launched from the old Lewes Boat Ramp in the Canal Front Park. Fee for the program is $750 and includes materials, lunch on Saturday and Sunday and a program t-shirt. No boat building or carpentry skills are necessary. Call 302-645-7670 for more information.

June 20-24, 2010
11th Annual Chautauqua Tent Show. On June 20 and 22 the event starts on the grounds of the Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway. On June 23 and 24 events continue at the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society (W. 3rd and Shipcarpenter Streets).

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
“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.

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.

Historic Lewes Farmers Market on Facebook
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 Trolley 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.
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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