This Week at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market

by Dave on September 9, 2010

What’s at Market, September 11, 2010, 8am-12pm, at the Lewes

Historical Society Complex,
110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, DE

Photo by Judy G. Rolfe
Who Won the Bicycle?

The winner of the 2010 Historic Lewes Farmers Market Bicycle, an olive green Diamondback Della Cruz Three, was Barbara McGowan of Lewes. Congratulations, Barbara, and , for everyone else,  there is always next year!

Lewes Public Library Donation and Thank You!
We were happy to donate $360 from book sales at the September 4 Market to the Lewes Public Library. Our thanks to the Lewes Public Library for co-sponsoring the Children’s Reading Program at the Market. A strong, viable public library makes for future readers.
Calling All Restaurants!
Demonstrate your commitment to America’s farms and farmland by participating in American Farmland Trust’s Dine Out for Farmsâ„¢ week October 10-16th and support a sustainable future for America’s farms! Engage your patrons in easy and fun ways through special menu items, co-branded bounce-back coupons, and co-branded donation cards. Go to to sign-up, access support materials and find information on promotional and media campaigns.

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. Maureen Miller, Children’s Librarian from the Lewes Public Library, reads the stories and interacts with the kids to make bees out of pipe cleaners, flowers out of tissue paper, and do lots of other fun projects. She’s a rock star to the kids! 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 Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert.

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

Backyard Jams & Jellies: If you are starting to stock up for the winter (or maybe you are thinking about the holidays) Krista has a special price on a case of jams and jellies. You can mix and match flavors, and she will have holiday fabrics for the tops. She has been picking apples, Concord grapes, Niagara grapes, raspberries, and pears from her backyard this week, and has made delicious jams and jellies with them. The No Sugar Jams this week will be especially tasty, with flavors like: Peach-Raspberry, Pear, Pear- Raspberry, Peach, Nectarine, Blueberry, Mixed Berry and Beach Plum. She will also have Tomato Jam and her award-winning Bread and Butter Pickles. A new batch of Treasure Jellies will be available A Treasure Jelly is actually two gifts in one: a jar of award winning Beach Plum Jelly, decorated with a beautiful wire-wrapped sea glass pendant (or earrings). She has two new flavors: Key Lime Jelly and Pineapple-Rhubarb Jam. There will also be her usual assortment of jams and jellies: a variety of pepper jellies, plenty of Strawberry Jam, Rhubarb Jam, Mint Jelly, Raspberry Jam and Jelly, Blackberry Jam , Blueberry Jam, Blueberry-Peach Jam, Peach Jam and Jelly, and Pear Jam. She will have 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. (Please recycle your empty jars back to her.)

Baues’ Busy Bees: Not at Market this Saturday. Baues’ comes to our Market every other week.

Bella’s Cookies: As summer starts winding down, you might want to stock up on some of your favorite summer cookies. Going away will be Sun Dollar (Lemon Sugar), Sandy Beach (Coconut Sugar), Yin Yang (Salty Oatmeal), and more. Many other varieties are available and new ones are being introduced. Choco-Orange (their fall double chocolate orange cookie), Appledoodles (Apple Snickerdoodles), Hunky Punky (soon), Champion Chunk, White Chocolate Blueberry, Ultimate Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Groovy Granola, Breakfast Cookies and more. There are also cookies for people with food allergies or intolerances, dairy free, egg free, and gluten free. Check the Bella’s table for what’s in stock. They will have their traditional morning breakfast quiches and warm bread pudding. They bring a variety of desserts each Saturday (including Key Lime pies), and you can call the bakery ahead of time and have a dessert delivered to the market Saturday morning: 302-684-8152

Bennett Orchards: Their season is finished. Not at Market again until next year.

Calliope Organic Farm: Naturally Certified. Arugula. Yukina Savoy. Scallions. Sungold Cherry Tomatoes. Heirloom Tomatoes. Hill County Red Heirloom Okra. Red Noodle Asparagus Beans. Carson Yellow Wax Beans. Variety of Heirloom Sweet Peppers. Fish heirloom hot Peppers. Eggplant: Ping Tung Long, Thai Green, Rosa Bianca, Listada de Gandia, and Florida Highbush.

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 Chapel Cheddar. New this year is a Bay Blue cheese (excellent!) and Feta Cheese. They are also bringing their 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 their flavored yogurts are from local farms.)

Chesapeake Bay Farm: A least three different rich and creamy ice cream flavors every week are 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 on Worcester County’s only dairy farm.

Community Organics: Beauregard Red Sweet Potatoes; O’Henry White Sweet Potatoes; Sugarsnax Carrots; Arugula; French Breakfast Radishes; Sungold Cherry Tomatoes; White Cherry Tomatoes; Orange Banana Paste Tomatoes; Variety of Sweet Peppers, including several heirlooms; Several kinds of hot pepper; Cajun Jewel Okra; Clara White Eggplant; Rosa Bianca Eggplant; Ping Tung Long Eggplant; Thai Long Green Eggplant; Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin; Nantucket Pie Pumpkin; Winter squashes: Zeppelin, Delicata; Carnival, Burgess Buttercup, Waltham Butternut, Table Queen Acorn, Blue Hubbard, Baby Blue Hubbard, Eastern Rise, Sweet Mama, and Squisito Spaghetti Squash.

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

Deep Grass Nursery: USDA Certified Organic. Acorn and Butternut Squash. Red and yellow onions. Arugula. Yukon Gold potatoes. Cantaloupe and watermelon. White corn. Cucumbers. Green beans. Yellow and green squash. Lettuce. Radishes. Basil, Italian and curly parsley, French tarragon, and mint. They also have basil pesto, jams, jellies, zucchini bread, and herbal vinegars. Pies and breads are made with their own seasonal vegetables.

Down to Earth Organic Farm: USDA Certified Organic. Turnips with greens. Collard greens. Arugula. Peppers. Eggplant. Lima beans.

Ficner’s Farm: Broccoli. Sweet Potatoes. Green Beans. White Sweet Corn (Argent). Sunbeam Tomatoes. A variety of Winter Squash (Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, Sweet Dumpling, Hubbard).Kirby Cucumbers. Green and Red Peppers. Freshly-cut Zinnia Bouquets. Honey.

Fifer Orchards: Mini and Cannonball Pumpkins. Apples: Red and Golden Delicious, Fuji, Gala, Mutsu, JonaMac, Jonathan, and Jonagold. Encore Peaches. Tomatoes-regular and cherry. Green Beans. Squash. Cucumbers. Butternut Squash. 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 Jalapeno, Chili Cheddar, 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. Feta is also available. Stop by for a sample.

Fischers’ Farm: They will bring Crispin, Red Delicious, and Grimes Golden Apples.

Freeman Farms: Finished for the season.

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm: Not at Market this Saturday.

Greenbranch Farm: USDA Certified Organic. This week they will have: Winter Squashes: Butternut, Buttercup, Kabocha, Delicata, Spaghetti, and Acorn. Jade Green Beans. Carson Wax Beans.Tomatoes: Washington Cherry Tomatoes, Paragon Slicer Tomatoes, Sungold Cherry Tomato, and Black Cherry. Squash: Zephyr, Raven, Zucchini, Yellow Straightneck. Eggplant: Classic Italian, Calliope, Japanese. Peppers: Anaheim Chili, Hot Wax, Green Bell, Islander Bell. Crimson Sweet Watermelon. Sarah’s Choice Cantaloupe. Sweet Potatoes.

Hattie’s Garden: Hattie will have lots of arugula–both young arugula and more mature arugula–and some mixed lettuce. The heirloom cherry tomatoes are still coming, as well as a few larger heirloom tomatoes, ping tung long eggplant and lots of beautiful basil. If you would like basil in a bulk amount during the month of September, Hattie is happy to arrange to bring it to the market for you. She also has nice long-stemmed cut flowers including lisianthus, gomphrena, ageratum and celosia. Don’t forget to sign up for Hattie’s off-season delivery service.

Jimmy Lynn’s Seafood: 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: Ace, Celebrity, and Fantastic hybrid tomatoes. Watermelon. Cantaloupe. Yellow squash. Zucchini. Cucumbers. Redskin potatoes. Sweet corn.

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), and cinnamon raisin sticky buns.

Lavender Fields: Everything lavender can be found here including freshly harvested lavender bunches; lavender wine jelly; lavender neck wraps; lavender and cedar moth repellent; and lavender laundry sachets.

Lucky Penny Produce & Flowers: At this booth, you will find old-fashioned cans brimming over with Benary Giant Zinnias, Black-eyed Susans, Gomphera, Ageratum, and Ameranthus. She also has the following eggplants: Pink Tung, Green Goddess, Antigua, Fairy Tale, Rosita, Bianca Ichiban, White Lightening, and Millionaire.

Magee Farms: Mums. Sweet Potatoes, Aloe Plants. Heirloom Tomatoes: Black Krim, Brandywine Red, Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Mortgage Lifter, Hybrid tomato: Carolina Gold. They will also have sweet corn, bell peppers, cucumbers, redskin potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, and cantaloupes.

Nancy’s Fine Foods: Fall is in the air and Nancy’s Spinach Ricotta Cheese Lasagna sounds like the perfect meal at this time of year. She will also have her Fresh Mozzarella Balls that are perfect with those ripe, luscious tomatoes you will be taking home. Check out her Fresh Egg Pasta strips, cut wide and just right for that fresh tomato sauce. Her three favorite salads are all gluten free: Chicken, Walnut and Grape; Minted Quinoa and Brown Rice; and Chicken Tarragon. On the sweet side she’ll have her Coconut Macaroons, Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake and Sweet Ricotta Filled Shells.

Nice Farms Creamery: They have the most delicious Cream-line Milk and yogurt. In addition to their Classic Culture (plain) and Velvety Vanilla Yogurt they also have 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: The breads and other baked goods that Olivia’s brings to Market 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.

Paradise Orchards: Not at Market this Saturday. Finished for the season.

Pasqualini’s Bakery: This old-fashioned bakery features such goodies as tomato focaccia, strudels, Italian bread, cookies, fruit pies, muffins, croissants, and more.

Rainbow Farm: Lilies, lilies and more lilies. They will have their new “Lily Take Out” boxes–Oriental and Asiatic lily bulbs ready for you to plant, packaged in Chinese take out containers for easy transport. Bulbs are individually inspected and include a dirt ball with an intact root system, fertilized with organic fish and seaweed and ready for planting anytime between now and October. Look for their Chinese lanterns and a current menu of boxed bulb varieties available this week. Please note that these are selling really well so come early for best selection. They make great hostess gifts, teacher gifts, shower favors and are just great in your own garden. Lily bouquets are also available.

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 hold a late summer shrub sale. All shrubs will be $10 each with the purchase of 3 or more. September marks the beginning of the fall season and now is an ideal time to purchase and plant flowering trees and shrubs. Fall’s cooler temperatures and ample rainfall allow vegetation to establish healthy roots and adapt to your garden’s conditions. This Saturday they will offer butterfly bush, crape myrtle, and viburnum. If you are looking for native plants, they will have beach plum, bayberry, potentilla and black walnut trees. They will also have a selection of fall squash.

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 bring peppers, potatoes, eggplants, and basil.

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 are double-yoked

Uncle Ernie’s Tangier Sound Oysters: 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 the container to take home. During the summer months when the normal diploid oysters start spawning, they switch to the non-reproductive triploid oyster (same species) that does not spawn and therefore stays nice and fat like a winter oyster.

The Book Table at the Market and the Lewes Public Library
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. Since the Lewes Public Library is having its Fall Book Sale this Saturday (9am to 3pm), we have decided to donate all book sales at the Market to the Lewes Public Library. So there are two very good reasons for you to visit the book table this Saturday.

Please put on your calendar

Friday and Saturday, September 10-11, 2010
Cadbury at Lewes presents Quilt & Arts Festival 2010. Artists from 5 to 85+ united to present an array of inspiring handcrafted work, including quilts, watercolors, photography, woodworking, pottery, and jewelry.  On Friday night you can enjoy a glass of wine, feast on scrumptious desserts created by Cadbury’s own pastry chef, and listen to beautiful music as you visit with the artists during this special preview of their work. Admission for the Preview Reception is $20 per person. For more information contact Patti at the Cadbury Foundation 866-798-4483 or email Cadbury at Lewes is located at 17028 Cadbury Circle (off Gills Neck Road) in Lewes, DE.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
At 6:30 pm there will be a Meet & Greet for Slow Food Delmarva at Dogfish Head Brewery in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

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”. 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.

2009 Bike Winner

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.

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.

Find us on Facebook

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.

When the Market Moves
Don’t forget that due to other events at the Lewes Historical Society complex, the Market moves to Shields Elementary School Parking Lot, 910 Shields Ave, near intersection of Savannah Rd. and Sussex Dr., Lewes, DE on October 2
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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