Final Lewes Farmers Market of 2010 on Saturday

by Dave on October 7, 2010

From the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market:

Hello friends!

It’s hard to believe that the Market season is over, and that this Saturday is the last Market Day of 2010. Please come out in force this Saturday to bid adieu to our vendors and to show them how much we appreciate that they come to our Market.

Market vendors are preparing for a big day for the last market as they ready for the long months of winter. Support them by stocking up on some of the many wonderful items that will be available this week. Plenty of root vegetables that will keep well for many weeks–winter squash, sweet potatoes, beets and turnips to name a few will be available. Market customers can purchase a pumpkin for Halloween and lots of nonperishable items that will make great gifts for the holidays.

Food Drive-Please help!

This is the last Saturday that the Market will “glean” (gather together donated food from our vendors) to give to Casa San Francisco’s food bank located in Milton, DE. We want to give the Food Bank a little bit extra this year to help folks get through the winter, so this Saturday the HLFM is sponsoring a food drive for Casa San Francisco. Please bring your donation to the Market this Saturday to the HLFM table. Here are the specific items that the food bank has requested: spaghetti sauce, pasta, peanut butter, jams and jellies, canned fruits/vegetables/soups, boxed cereal, powdered or shelf stable milk, rice, and beans. Please honor our mission and the health needs of folk who use the food bank by providing healthy foods.

Thank you!

Time to Buy and Plant Tulips for Second Annual Lewes Tulip Festival

Lewes in Bloom (in partnership with the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, the City of Lewes, the Lewes Historical Society, and the Chamber of Commerce) wants us all to order and plant tulips for the Second Annual Lewes Tulip Festival, which takes place April 15, and 16, 2011. Lots of people came last year to Lewes especially for this festival, and we all need to join in so that the City is bursting with blooms. This Saturday, the bulbs will be sold at the gates to the Market located on W. Third and Shipcarpenter Streets. You can also order the bulbs from Lewes in Bloom. Each bag contains 20 tulip bulbs: Red Parade, Cream Jewel, Pink Impression. Each bag is $15, and you may preorder your bulbs by mailing a check to Lewes in Bloom, P.O. Box 308, Lewes, DE 19958 and specify how many bags of each color you are purchasing. All proceeds from the Tulip Bulb Sale will be reinvested in the City of Lewes’ planting of 4,000 tulip bulbs in Lewes’ city parks and gardens. For more information, you can call Cindy Foster (302)745-7383.

Thank you.

We thank all of the farmers, bakers, ranchers, and other vendors for bringing the best that is local and sharing the bounty with all of us. Without them there would be no Market. Thanks to all the folk who took the time to put together a demo. We now know more about healthy cooking, dahlias, electric cars, bees, and much more on a variety of subjects. Thanks to Maureen Miller and the Lewes Public Library for sponsoring the Children’s Reading Program at the Market-it just gets bigger and better every year. A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all of the amazing volunteers who helped set up and take down, cut the tomatoes, sold the coffee bagels, and books, and picked up the garbage. When the word “community” is used we always think the definition was set by the good people of Lewes.

Thanks to all of you for voting the Historic Lewes Farmers Market as Second Most Favorite Market in the U.S.-now that’s pretty amazing. Thanks to all the HLFM board members (a real “working” board) who spent countless hours making the Market look effortless. Thanks to the Lewes Mayor and City Council for all of their support. Much appreciation to Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee and his staff for all of their help to promote our Market and the other Markets in Delaware. Thanks to all of you for bringing your friends to our Market from as far away as France, Italy, Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey, Michigan, Iowa, Maine, and Georgia. Without your support there would be fewer local farmers. We hope to host a number of different activities on sustainable agriculture throughout the year, so watch for our newsletter which won’t come to you every week, but will come every month and when we have special information to send to you. Remember to Grow Local, Buy Local, and Eat Local!

Book Sale at the Market

We don’t want to have to hold the books that we sell at the Market over the winter so this Saturday we are having a one-half off sale of the books that we still have. This is your chance to get some really special cookbooks and gardening titles at an incredible discount.

What’s at Market this Saturday:


Arlington’s Natural Meats: Not at Market this week.

Backyard Jams & Jellies: New this week is delicious Autumn Chutney made with Asian pears, apples and plums. The holidays are just around the corner. For those of you that are starting to stock up, she has larger jars and a special price on a case of jams and jellies. You can mix and match flavors. Holiday fabrics are available for the tops, and remember that handmade jams and jellies make great gifts. She has made delicious jams and jellies with her own pears, raspberries, Concord and Niagara grapes. The No Sugar Jams this week are: Peach-Raspberry, Peach, Nectarine, Blueberry, Mixed Berry and Beach Plum. She will also have Spiced Cranberries, Tomato Chutney and Tomato Jam and her award-winning Bread and Butter Pickles. Her tropical flavors are: Key Lime Jelly, Mango Hot Pepper Jelly and Pineapple-Rhubarb Jam. She will have her usual assortment of jams and jellies: a variety of pepper jellies, plenty of Crab Apple Jelly, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Rhubarb Jam, Mint Jelly, Raspberry Jam and Jelly, Blackberry Jam and Jelly, Blueberry Jam, Peach Jam, Nectarine Jam, Pear Raspberry Jam and Pear Jam. She will also have plenty of 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 return your empty jars to her.)

Baues’ Busy Bees: Honey, honey, and more honey-available in 12 oz glass bears as well as 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. Time to stock up on honey and their wonderful hand cream for the winter. They are also bringing a variety of fall and holiday candles (turkeys, pumpkins, pine cones, Christmas trees and Santa).

Bella’s Cookies The last market of the season finishes with another table full of fall favorites. Pumpkin Bread Pudding arrives around 8:15, but quickly disappears. This fall favorite is made with bread from Kogler’s Old World Bread, local cream, and 100% Pure Pumpkin. Also available this week: Apple dumplings, gluten-free apple crumb cakes and cobblers, and Sweet Potato Pies (both large and individual sizes). French apple pies, traditional apple pies, and pumpkin bread will be offered in personal/mini sizes. Their hot breakfast quiche this week will be bacon, egg and cheese. Cookies include: Halloween themed sugar cookies, Hunky Punky, Pumpkin Ginger, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Choco-Orange (fall double chocolate orange cookie), Appledoodles (Apple Snickerdoodles), Champion Chunk, Ultimate Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Groovy Granola, Apple/Plum Shortbread cookies, Breakfast Cookies and more. There are also cookies for people with food allergies or intolerances, dairy free, egg free, gluten free. Check the Bella’s table for what’s in stock. Also, you can call the bakery ahead of time and have a specific dessert delivered to the market Saturday morning. Dessert quarters available this week are Carrot Cake, Chocolate Mocha Cake, and Hummingbird Cake. The bakery can be reached by calling 302-684-8152.

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

Calliope Organic Farm: Naturally Certified. Hill Country Red heirloom Okra; Rat Tail Radish Pods; Watermelon Radish; French Breakfast Radish; Hakurei Salad Turnips; Purple Top Turnips; Red Russian Kale; Lacinato Kale; Winterbor Kale; Champion Collards; Pizzo Mustard Greens; Red Choi; Black Summer Bok Choi; Heirloom Eggplant: Rosa Bianca, Listada De Gandia, Florida Highbush, Thai Green, Ping Tun Long; Fish Hot Peppers (Maryland Heirloom); Sheepnose Pimento; and Ancho Gigante Poblanos.

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, Chapel Cheddar, and a wonderful Bay Blue cheese that is excellent with pears and apples. 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: 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: Red Sweet Potatoes. O’Henry White Sweet Potatoes. Sugarsnax Carrots. Chantenay Red Core Carrots. Arugula. Greens Mix. 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. Waltham Butternut Squash

Davidson Exotic Mushrooms: Portabellas, Shiitake, Crimini, and Oyster mushrooms, as well as mixes of all three or mixes of Shiitake and Crimini. As this is the last Market of the year, Davidson’s is featuring “Recipe Catch-Up Day”-they will have all the featured recipes from the past season. In addition, they are handing out a recipe for a “Mushroom Bread Stuffing.”

Deep Grass Nursery: Not at Market this Saturday. Finished for the season.

Down to Earth Organic Farm: Kale, potatoes.

Ficner’s Farm: Cauliflower (beautiful enough to be a centerpiece). Pumpkins (different varieties). Turnips. Kale. Broccoli. Cabbage. Sweet Potatoes. Green Beans. White Sweet Corn (Argent). A variety of Winter Squash (Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, Sweet Dumpling). Honey.

Fifer Orchards: Not at Market this Saturday.

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 Red Delicious apples-last of the season. Also for sale will be Ann’s handcrafted pine cone wreaths, and orders will be taken for fresh evergreen wreaths for early December delivery. (I bought these last year, and they are beautiful and very, very fresh.) Come learn about Fischers’ Christmas Tree Farm, where you can choose and cut your own fresh tree during the upcoming Christmas season.

Freeman Farms: Not at Market this Saturday. Finished for the season.

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm: 7th year of being USDA Certified Organic. Cut flower bouquets in old-fashioned Mason jars. Small pumpkins. Homemade pepper relish. Mixed small herb bouquets. Herb plants.

Greenbranch Farm: USDA Certified Organic. This week they will have: Napa Cabbage (great in a stir-fry); Easter Egg Radishes; Winter Squashes: Butternut, Buttercup, Kabocha, Delicata, Spaghetti, and Acorn. Sweet Potatoes; Carson Wax Beans; Tomatoes: Washington Cherry Tomatoes, Paragon Slicer Tomatoes, Sungold Cherry Tomato, and Black Cherry. Eggplant: Thai, Classic Italian, Calliope, Japanese. Peppers: Pimento Sweet; Cayenne, Anaheim Chili, Hot Wax, Green Bell, Islander Bell.

Hattie’s Garden: Hattie will have some nice ripe late season heirloom tomatoes and mixed pints of heirloom cherry tomatoes. You’ll find arugula and loose leaf lettuce as well as some cool weather vegetables–baby Hakurei turnips and young Pak Choi. The herbs are enjoying the shorter days and cooler weather. In addition to basil, Hattie has very nice cilantro, dill, parsley, sage, rosemary, oregano and mint. Some of the herbs will be available in smaller amounts in three-packs. Get a bright airy bouquet of cosmos or a mixed bouquet including other beautiful long-lasting flowers. Be sure 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: Pumpkins. Bell Peppers. Potatoes. Green beans.

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: Lavender Fields is bringing lavender honey (harvested at Lavender Fields only 10 miles from the heart of Lewes), dried lavender in bulk, lavender and cedar moth repellent in muslin bags, fresh cut English lavender and lavender apple butter.

Lucky Penny Produce & Flowers: Here you’ll will find old-fashioned cans brimming over with late summer and early fall flowers and foliage.

Magee Farms: Pumpkins (mini and regular). Sweet potatoes. Aloe plants. Heirloom tomatoes. Grape tomatoes. Mums. Gourds. Red and green bell peppers.

Nancy’s Fine Foods: Nancy will have her Fresh Mozzarella Balls that are perfect with those ripe, luscious tomatoes still at Market. 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 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. To celebrate their new son’s arrival, they have named their dessert line after him-Alden’s Dessert’s. Call ahead if you have a special order for market pick-up: 302-424-4395. Each Saturday, they will bring specialty items. Customer requested treats and delights will be at the market this weekend, and Olivia’s enjoys getting special requests and bringing them to market.

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: Not at Market this Saturday. Finished for the season. However, you may contact them by email if you would like to visit their farm and buy bulbs there:

Rainbow Java: They are finished at the Market for the season, but you can still purchase a cup of her wonderful coffee, freshly brewed, at the HLFM table.

Seaberry Farm: Seaberry Farm will have mini pumpkins, bottle gourds, and heirloom pumpkins for fall decoration. They will have a special deal on winter squash. Buy two and get one free. This includes Delicata, Butternut, and Buttercup squash. Butternut is an excellent keeper and can be stored in a cool area for use at the winter holidays. Stop by to pick up easy recipes for these fall favorites. This is also 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 Seaberry will offer butterfly bush, crape myrtle, and viburnum. If you are looking for native plants, they will have beach plum, bayberry, potentilla, evergreen red cedars, and black walnut trees. All shrubs will be $10 each with the purchase of 3 or more.

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: Not at Market as they are finished for the season.

Sussex Consortium: Not at Market this Saturday.

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: Not at Market this Saturday.

Please Put on Your Calendar:

Friday, October 8-Sunday, October 10

Seventh Annual Lewes Historical Society Art Show and Sale at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal. Works from over 40 extraordinary regional artists will be on sale. For more information call 302-645-7670 or go to

Saturday, October 9

At 8 pm Coast Concerts presents the Danish String Quartet at Bethel Church, Lewes, DE. For more information go to

Saturday, October 30

Halloween weekend revelers will have an opportunity to experience the program “Tall Tales and Tattoos” that will take place, between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the Zwaanendael Museum, located at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes, Delaware. The program will feature Andrew “Spider” Miller who will spin tall tales and share his bizarre collection of hand-crafted fantasy creatures; and tattoo artist Peggi Hurley of the Ancient Art Tattoo studio who will discuss the art and history of tattoos. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-645-1148.

Haunted Lewes tour by the Lewes Historical Society. Call for more information: 302-645-7670.

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.

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 Market 5-Year Anniversary 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.
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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.
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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