The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) celebrates Memorial Day weekend and the arrival of the summer season on May 24 from 8 am to noon on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society at 110 Shipcarpenter Street at the corner of West Third and Shipcarpenter Streets. The HLFM is the largest producer-only market in Delaware, again named Best Farmers Market by Delaware Today.
The long, lingering spring weather means continued enjoyment of spring vegetables as well as the first of the summer’s bounty. Patrons will find fresh and varied lettuces for salads as well as many other tasty salad ingredients. Imagine how tender asparagus and sumptuous strawberries will pair with lightly dressed salad greens. Since there is no such thing as enough strawberries, get an extra helping for dessert or over morning smoothies or to punch up cereal. There will be healthful products too numerous to name available to Market patrons this Saturday. Vendors also will have on hand a wide variety of fabulous produce, meat, chicken, lamb, dairy products, as well as fresh flowers for the table.
Specific types and varieties of fresh meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, flowers, and plants are listed by vendor in the HLFM newsletter sent to patrons on the first Thursday of the month during the market season. Newsletters the remainder of the month will highlight featured vendors and selected produce. To receive the HLFM newsletter, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Market’s demonstration series continues with a marvelous double header. First, at 9:00 am, back by popular demand, the Market will host Ian Crandall, co-owner and executive chef of the very popular and Lewes favorite Kindle Restaurant, located at 111 Bank Street in Lewes. Ian has taken comfort food to a new level. At Kindle, he executes a seasonal American menu that uses traditional French methods (a nod to his training at L'Academie de Cuisine) but focuses on simple presentation and fresh ingredients.
At 10:30 am, the Market’s own Ted Wycall of Greenbranch Organic, will provide invaluable insight into the dynamics of a dynastic family farm. Ted is the third generation to own Greenbranch but has brought dramatic changes to this former chicken growing operation. Hired years ago by farmer Jay Martin of Provident Farm in Maryland, Ted immersed himself in all aspects of organic agriculture. After literally building the farm house at Greenbranch, Ted, his wife Julia, and their friends and family continue their tireless efforts to perfect organic farming, growing vegetables and raising pork, beef, and chicken. One of the Market’s joys is knowing the wonderful people who grow the food – don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Ted, his family, and Greenbranch.
Children have their own very special demonstration in the School House at 9:00 am. Maureen Miller, Children’s Librarian from The Lewes Public Library, will read The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood. The Little Mouse is a picture book published nearly thirty years ago that has charmed more than a generation of children. When a little mouse and a big hungry bear both would love to eat a red, ripe strawberry, what will happen? Maureen will use paper strawberries to bring this terrific tale to life for the raptly listening children. The Children’s Reading Program is an important aspect of the HLFM’s efforts to help children learn about healthy eating and nutrition. Show more
The Market will continue to process SNAP (EBT Food Stamps). To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM will match up to $10 with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants are encouraged to go to the SNAP Information Tent at the Market to redeem the Bonus Bucks incentive.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) has adopted a policy that pets (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted at the Market.
Consistent with its mission, the Board of Directors of the HLFM is committed to supporting farmers and emerging farmers who grow local fruits, vegetables and produce –a “real” farmers market.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) has adopted a policy that pets (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted at its farmers market.