It’s All About The Tomato!

by Dave on August 10, 2010


On Saturday August 14th, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open at The Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter Street at the Corner of West 3rd and Shipcarpenter Streets in Lewes, Delaware.  The Market will be open from 8 am to 12 pm every Saturday through October 9.  This week it’s all about THE TOMATO!

Bring your friends, bring your children, bring your houseguests, or just bring yourself to the Fourth Annual HLFM Tomato Festival.  Here’s what’s happening at the festival:

  • Taste different varieties of ripe, juicy Delmarva tomatoes including many heirlooms. Tasting begins at 9am.
  • Learn the history and lore of this most-American fruit.  Find out how the tomato is related to belladonna, mandrake, and tobacco.  Find out why the Supreme Court in May 1883 ruled that the tomato was not in fact a fruit, but should be classified as a vegetable.
  • Guess the amount of cherry tomatoes in the jar, and win a Tomato Festival t-shirt.
  • At 10am, it’s the Great Tomato Recipe Contest. Local judges will begin judging the best tomato recipe.  Winner will be announced at 11am
  • There will be 3 Grand Prizes and Ribbons in four categories.

First Place:  a $100 gift certificate to the Historic Lewes Farmers Market

Second Place:  Metro Insulated-Collapsible Market Basket filled with produce.

Third Place:  An Historic Lewes Farmers Market bag filled with cookbooks

Judging this year’s contest are:  Aaron Miller (Chef at the Buttery), Ryan Steele (Chef at Cafe Azafran), Lisa Zechiel (local chef), Ian Crandall (Chef at Kindle) and Denise Clemons (Food Editor for the Cape Gazette)

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market, a producer-only community market, is the most successful market in Delaware. It has a demo almost every week featuring local chefs preparing healthy recipes, master gardeners discussing composting, and pollinator experts talking about bees and other pollinators. The HLFM has also partnered with the Lewes Public Library to sponsor the Children’s Reading Program at the Market.  This week, Children’s Librarian Maureen Miller will read I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child promptly at 9 am.

For the last four years, and again this year, the HLFM is having a bike raffle (FREE – Just give them your name and email address). Email addresses will only be used for the newsletter. The winning name will be drawn Labor Day weekend. Customers can enter each week for a better chance.

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market provides a family-friendly community gathering place for consumers to be able to purchase the freshest local foods available.

For more information about the Market, visit their website:

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