This Week at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market

by Dave on June 25, 2010

What’s at Market, June 26, 2010,

Don’t forget — This Saturday we are at Shields Elementary School Parking Lot, intersection of Savannah Rd. and Sussex Dr., Lewes, DE

“Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn.”-Garrison Keillor

For those of you who agree with Mr. Keillor, your time has come – the first sweet local corn arrives at the Market this Saturday. You can choose organically grown or conventionally grown corn – the Market will feature both. To find the most succulent corn at the Market, look for the freshest. Corn loses moisture once harvested, and its sugar converts to starch. Take corn home as soon as possible, and don’t let it sit in a hot trunk of a car. Refrigerate it in a plastic bag unhusked and eat as soon as possible.

Monsanto V. Geerston Farms Decision
The United States Supreme Court announced its decision Monday, June 21 in Monsanto v. Geerston Farms, the first genetically modified crop case ever brought before the Supreme Court. Although the High Court decision reverses parts of the lower courts’ rulings, the judgment holds that the ban on planting Roundup Ready Alfalfa still stands until and unless future deregulation by the Agency occurs. It is still illegal to plant or sell GMO alfalfa. For more information go to Supreme Court GMO Case.

Doo-Dah Parade-Chance of a Lifetime!
If you know me, you know how I revere the Doo-Dah parade that takes place in Lewes every 4th of July around 5 or 5:30pm (starts when everybody lines up, really). This rather spontaneous combustion of children in hula skirts, Ophelias on boats, walking Brownies, and a man blowing really BIG bubbles, points to the fact that anyone can put on a parade at almost any time. We always try to pull something together for the HLFM to march in the parade-sometimes we just dress up as vegetables and carry our banner. But this year, we have a TRACTOR. If you would like to Doo the Dah with us give us a call at 302-644-1436 or email We will then give you the secret instructions on where, when, and what to wear!

America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest
Please help your Market by voting for us!
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. We need to keep up the effort to get friends to vote for us right now and all summer!
Bag FrontThe 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.

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:
Demo/Presentation: No demo or Children’s Reading Program as we are at Shields Elementary School Parking Lot.

Arlington’s Natural Meats: Not at Market this week. Please note that Arlington’s will be at the Market the first and third Saturday of every month.

Backyard Jams & Jellies: This Saturday, Krista has a new exciting product–Treasure Jelly. A Treasure Jelly is actually 2 gifts in one: a jar of award winning Beach Plum Jelly decorated with a beautiful wire-wrapped sea glass pendant. In the winter, when Krista is not harvesting fruit and making jelly all the time, she walks our beautiful beaches, and gathers sea glass. She loves the beach, and thinks that Beach Plums from the dunes and sea glass from the water’s edge are the perfect combination. She will also have her usual assortment of jams and jellies: Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Rhubarb and Rhubarb Jam, Bing Cherry Jelly, Pineapple Jam, Tomato Jam, Mint Jelly, Raspberry Jam and Jelly, Blackberry Jam, Nectarine Jam, Blueberry Jam, Blueberry-Peach Jam, Peach Jam and Mixed Berry Jam. The No Sugar Jams: Strawberry, Beach Plum, Blueberry Peach, Blueberry, Mixed Berry, and Peach. She will also have Country Apricot Mustard and Champagne Mustard, and she gives out samples. 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. (Please save your empty jars for her.)

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: The return to Shields Elementary School this Saturday brings back Cookie-Palooza! It’s all cookies–every taste, every type, and specials all morning long. Bella’s will feature Hawaiian White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, Sun Dollar (Lemon Sugar), Sandy Beach (Coconut Sugar), Mocha Java (Chocolate Coffee), Champion Chunk, Woo Woo (White Chocolate Cherry), Groovy Granola (Orange Cranberry Granola). If you’re looking for a low fat, high fiber, low calorie meal replacement, you might want to grab a Breakfast cookie. Varieties available are The Health Nut (made with Swiss Museli), Lemon Blueberry, and Raisin Spice. Bella’s is also a one-stop shop of baked goods for those with food allergies. They have an impressive selection of Gluten-Free cookies: Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal Cranberry, Peanut Butter, Gluten Free/Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter, and organic Coconut Macaroons. Vegan varieties of cookies include Appledoodle (Apple snickerdoodle) Choco-Cherry, Lemon Sugar, and Molasses Spice. Their Agave sweetened line (no added sugar & suitable for diabetics) has really grown and customers will find Oatmeal raisin, Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies, Butter Pecan, and Agave Fruit Bars.

Calliope Organic Farm: Provider bush beans. Carson yellow wax beans. Marketmore cucumbers. Patty Pan, zucchini and Yellow Crookneck summer squash. Napa cabbage. Shunkyo radishes. Baby red beets. Chioggia candy striped beets (roasted and pickled these last week-great taste). Bunches of basil. French Fingerling, Peruvian Purple and Colorado Rose potatoes. Rat-tail radish pods. (I had never seen these radish pods before Calliope brought them to Market last week. They are delicious, and if you want to know more about their history, unfortunate name, and how to use them go to Rat-Tailed Radish.) Red and white baby onions. Fresh garlic.

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: Sundried Tomato and Basil Cheddar, Garlic and Chive Cheddar, and Chapel Cheddar. New this year is a Bay Blue cheese (excellent!) 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. (Even the honey and maple for the flavored yogurts are from local farms.)

Chesapeake Bay Farm: Three different rich and creamy ice cream flavors every week are available as hand-dipped cones, in cups, or take-home pints (some folk just come to the Market for this ice cream-it is so durn good!) 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 on Worcester County’s only dairy farm.

Community Organics: Spring Treat Sweet Corn. Red Cabbage. Jersey Wakefield Cabbage. Sugarsnax Carrots. Chantenay Red-Core Carrots (old French heirloom). Broccoli. Lemon Cucumbers (heirloom from Pennsylvania). Suhyo Long Cucumbers. Cajun Jewel Okra. Green Beans. New Red Norland Potatoes. New Yukon Gold Potatoes. Sugar Snap Peas. French Breakfast Radishes (heirloom variety). Arugula. Costata Romanesca Zucchini (heirloom variety). Raven Zucchini. Eight Ball Zucchini.Cocozelle Zucchini (heirloom variety). Sebring Gold Zucchini. Sunburst Patty Pan Squash. Benning’s Green Tint Patty Pan Squash (heirloom variety). Red Russian Kale (heirloom variety). Rainbow Lacinato Kale. Bright Lights Chard. Tenderleaf (mild and tender Asian green). Senposai (Asian green similar to collards, but milder and with a better flavor). Scallions. Detroit Dark Red Beets. Chioggia Beets. White Vienna Kohlrabi. Blue’s Chinese Cabbage. Several Varieties of Lettuce.White and Gold Turnips. Collards.

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. They will bring white corn (very sweet), blueberries, and a variety of lettuces and squash. Tomatoes. Basil pesto. Zucchini bread. This will be the last Saturday for their hanging flower baskets and herbal plants, so get them while you can. Their jams, jellies, and herbal vinegars will also be available.

Down to Earth Organic Farm: USDA Certified Organic. Yellow Wax beans. Green beans. Swiss chard. Scallions. Zucchini and yellow squash. Cucumbers.

Ficner’s Farm: Blueberries. Wax beans, Green beans. Yellow and green squash. Kirby Cucumbers. Kale. Swiss Chard. Honey. Sunflowers. Flower bouquets.

Fifer Orchards: Flamin’ Fury Yellow Peaches. Lodi Apples. BlueCrop Blueberries. Rhubarb. Yellow, red, and orange Raspberries ( Polana, Jaclyn, Caroline, KiwiGold, and Anne). Sweet Corn. Cabbage and a variety of local veggies. Fresh-Cut flower bouquets (Zinnias, Snaps, Sweet William, Celosia, and more). Apple Cider Donuts. Honey.

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: Sweet corn, redskin potatoes, string beans.

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm: 7th year of being USDA Certified Organic. Blueberries (a few for early risers.) Raspberries. Snow Peas. French Breakfast Radishes. Vegetable plants at great prices-many varieties. Beautiful cut flowers. Freshly cut herbs. Honey. Strawberry Jam (certified organic with just three ingredients: organic strawberries, organic cane sugar, and pectin.)

Greenbranch Farm: USDA Certified Organic.They will be bringing: Montauk Sweet Corn; Green Beans. Wax Beans; Minuet Napa Cabbage; Red and White Fingerling Potatoes; Zephyr, Yellow, and Crookneck squash; Raven Zucchini; Ace Beets; Rainbow chard; Many varieties of Red and Green Lettuce; Black Summer Bok Choi; French Breakfast Radishes; Hakurei Salad Turnips; Marketmore Cucumbers; Astro Arugula; and Fresh herbs.

Hattie’s Garden: The first few pints of blackberries arrive this Saturday, but you will need to be there early to get them. Hattie will also have arugula, heirloom cherry tomatoes, patty pan squash and beautiful spring flowers featuring delphinium, snap dragons, zinnias and some lovely fillers including Salvia and Ageratum. Also available will be plenty of fresh herbs including basil, parsley, dill, sage, rosemary and oregano. Don’t forget to check out Hattie’s recipes.

Jimmy Lynn’s Seafood: Soft-shell 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: Kale. Scallions. 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.

Lavender Fields: Everything lavender including preserves and jellies. Special this week: fresh-cut French Grosso and Provence lavender, just-harvested lavender honey from the six beehives at Lavender Fields Farm, lavender-cherry preserves from the 2010 harvest, and lavender soy candles.

Lucky Penny Produce & Flowers: Her beautiful summer cut-flowers are now ready. You will find old-fashioned cans filled with Benary Giant Zinnias, Black-eyed Susans, Gomphera, Ageratum, and Ameranthus. They make a great present for either your own house, or to take to dinner as a unique hostess gift. Also available: Sunray Squash and Elite Zucchini.

Magee Farms: Sweet Ice Corn. Sun Ray Squash. Spineless Beauty Zucchini. Stonewall Cucumbers. La Rouge Red Potatoes. Crockett String Beans. Patio tomatoes. Herbs. White and purple onions. Indian River FFA (Future Farmers of America) geraniums.

Nancy’s Fine Foods: Nancy is offering two favorite salads–Chicken, Walnut and Grape and Minted Quinoa and Brown Rice (similar to last year’s Greek Quinoa Salad). Both of these salads are Gluten Free. She has made a new filled pastry based on the orange flavored ricotta filling used in last year’s southern Italian classic Sfogiatelle 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 available in individual slices and whole mini cakes. As always, her wonderful macaroons will be available. Sorry to say that this is the last Saturday until August to get her fresh mozzarella balls. They will be missed!

Nice Farms Creamery: They will have more Cream-line Milk and yogurt this week. In addition to their Classic Culture (plain) and Velvety Vanilla Yogurt they will also bring Raspberry and Peach fruit yogurt. As always, Chocolate milk will be available in pints and half gallons. Why pay more for “organic” milk when you can drink their cows’ milk from their local and pastured dairy herd? Thanks to their grazing techniques you will notice that the milk is yellow due to all of the extra Beta Carotene, Omega 3s, and the cancer fighting CLAs (conjugated linoleic acid) found in it. (If you want to know more about this, go to Super Natural Milk.) Ask for them for a sample and you might never go back to conventional milk.

Olivia’s Bread’s & Alden’s Desserts: Not at Market this week.

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.) This week’s lily collection includes oriental lily plants with great fragrance and color combinations–white flowers with red speckles, pink flowers with white ruffled edges, trumpet-like red flowers edged in yellow. Solid color and non-fragrant lilies are also available. There will also be a limited quantity of Pico, a cherry red lily that won third place at Lilytopia held at Longwood Gardens this May.

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: No report on what they will be bringing.

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: Not at Market this week.

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.

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:

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Donation Drive for Wildlife Organizations. The MERR Institute is collecting the items listed below to ship to wildlife organizations that are performing animal and bird rescue and rehabilitation. Please drop off donations at Sand N Stones (Michele Buckler), 112 Front Street, Lewes, DE from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm this Saturday. Here is what they need: RX pill bottles, eye droppers, blankets, sheets, pillow cases, towels, and pantyhose/tights. For more information contact Michele Buckler: 302-645-0576.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Our friends who volunteer for the Lewes Historical Society tell us that they are in the process of moving the gift shop from Thompson’s General Store (in the LHS Complex) to the Ryves Holt House (218 Second Street, Lewes, DE). However, they don’t want to have to move everything so there is a sale going on at least for the next couple of Saturdays at Thompsons’s General Store. Check it out and tell ’em we sent you.

June 26-27, 2010

Celebrate the coastal arts with the Lewes Historical Society’s newest events: the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival. Sea glass, decoys and waterfowl art will be featured along with great food and speakers. For more information go to Sea Glass Festival or call the Society at 302-645-7670.

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 diner will be prepared completely from local ingredients and feature biodynamic wines. Tickets are $75 per person, and only 100 be be sold. All proceeds will benefit The Milton theature. Please contact Good Earth Market to make a reservation. 302-537-7100.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lewes Summer Concert Series at Stango Park (located on Kings Highway at the Lewes Library) features variety big band by the Eddie Sherman Show at 7pm. All performances are free and open to the public.
TrolleyLewes 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”! (All the trolley tour guides are great, but you will really get your money’s worth if my friend, Joan, is giving the tour!) 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.
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.
2009 Bike Winner
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.
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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.
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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