2020 Opening of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market

May 30th, 2020 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Historic Lewes Farmers Market Opens at
Shields Elementary School Parking Lot

Saturday, May 30, 8 am – 12 pm

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) celebrates the beginning of its 15th season on Saturday, May 30.

The market this year is very different than last year’s market. Due to Covid-19, the emphasis has shifted to ensuring safe access to fresh foods, and the market for the foreseeable future won't be the social venue everyone loves. The HLFM is following the Delaware Department of Agriculture Farmers Markets Protocols to help keep everyone safe. This means no demos, no tastings, no lingering, one-direction through the market, masks, 6 feet social distancing, and more. (Please see customer protocols below.) This Saturday, due to expected rain, the Market will be located at Shields Elementary School Parking lot (Savannah Road and Sussex Drive). The one entrance to the Market when at Shields is at the school parking lot entrance on Shields Avenue in front of the school. There will be a hand-washing station at the school, and a volunteer will also be at the entrance with hand sanitizer spray. Lewes School (across the street from Shields), its parking lot, and playing fields are closed for construction. Beebe Hospital is generously allowing market customers to park in its outside parking lots. Please go to www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org to see where parking is located, and to view Vendor Maps for both Shields Elementary School and George H.P. Smith Park.

A number of the market vendors now take pre-orders. The HLFM website www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org lists all vendors, their contact information, and whether or not they take pre-orders. For pre-orders, the customer will pick up at the vendor tent in the market and walk around the market path to the exit. The market suggests that customers who pre-order come later in the day when there is less volume.

The market’s weekly newsletter lists featured items from vendors. To receive the newsletter customers should go to [email protected] and ask to be added to the list.

Processing of SNAP, WIC, and SFMNP coupons will begin on June 6. The Market will continue to match SNAP up to $20 per market, per customer.

MARKET RULES FOR CUSTOMERS (Delaware Department of Agriculture)

  • Do not come to the Market if you have symptoms related to Covid-19
  • Cover your face:  You must wear a face covering to enter the market.
  • Wait your turn:  No more than 2 customers per vender at a time.
  • Maximum of 2 people per household allowed in the market.
  • Social Distancing:  Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and everyone else at the Market.
  • Electronic Payment: Use credit cards when you can. Follow vendor instructions carefully.
  • No touching: Do not touch market items. Tell vendor the item you wish to purchase, and the vendor will bag items for you.
  • No doubling back: The market is one-way; you must move continuously through Market.
  • No lingering or congregating: Spend as little time as possible with each vendor for flow of customers through the Market.
  • Pre-order as much as you can: Many of our vendors can now take pre-orders. Consult HLFM newsletter, Facebook page and website for information on how to pre-order with them. Pick up from them at the Market.
  • No pets (service animals permitted): this is a State rule for farmers markets at this time
  • Wash your produce:  At home, wipe down any packaging with anti-viral solution. Wash your produce with water.

Backyard Jams & Jellies:
Pre-order by calling: (302) 684-0435 by Friday, 10 am before Saturday market.
Lots of fresh strawberry flavors to market including strawberry jam, strawberry jelly, strawberry rhubarb jam, and strawberry key lime jam. Some of these flavors are also available without added sugar. There are many additional handmade jams, jellies, and mustards. Please see website. The deadline for preorders is 10 am on Friday before Saturday market

Baywater Farms
Salisbury, MD
Tim Fields
Pre-order on: https://baywater-702480.square.site/
Lettuces: Red and Green romaine, butter crunch, spring mix, red oak. Tuscan kale, arugula, microgreens, edible flowers, Easter radishes, purple Murasaki sweet potatoes.
They will be focused on these boxes for pick up: AKA Grab and Go
*Offering small and large mixed produce boxes ($10.00 and $20.00 for a diverse mix of weekly produce)
*Bags of Japanese Purple Sweet Potatoes 3 lbs. $5.00
*Lettuce box (3-4 heads of lettuce and a micro green typically) $10.00
Sixth generation family owned and operated hydroponic and hydro-soil farm.

Bennett Orchards (will be at market later in June)
Frankford, DE
Carrie, Jim, Hail and Henry Bennett
No pre-orders. Sixth-generation family farm offering tree ripened peaches, nectarines, and farm direct blueberries. They hand select daily the largest fruit, at the peak of ripeness, to bring directly to market offering customers Delmarva's most flavorful fruit.

Davidson's Exotic Mushrooms
No pre-orders. They will accept cash or VENMO.com, which is a fast and easy way to pay with no physical contact between vendor and customer.
Portabella, Shiitake, Crimini, Gray Oyster, King Oyster, Pom Poms, and Maitake mushrooms. They also have several combinations of mushroom mixes.

Dittmar Family Farms
Felton, DE
Zach and Jenny Dittmar
Pre-order on: https://csa.farmigo.com/store/dittmarfamilyfarms
This week they have whole and half chickens (frozen/vacuum sealed). Bok choy, radishes, bunch onions, spinach, and strawberries.
In order to sign up for a CSA share customers should visit  www.dittmarfamilyfarms.simplesite.com and click to join at the top of the page. Questions can be emailed to [email protected] or phone (302) 632-5875
They are a 1st generation family owned and operated farm specializing in community supported agriculture (CSA) shares and pasture raised chicken. They grow over 70 varieties of unique vegetables, herbs and cut flowers without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Their focus is on regenerative farming practices that work with nature and restore life and nutrition to the soil.

Earth Harmony Produce
Frankford, DE
Susan Maddox
No pre-orders.
Lettuce, kale, spicy salad mix, mustards, small fruit tomato plants, basil plants, perennial herbs. Produce grown without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers.

Elysium Farm
Berlin, MD
Sandy and Robert Mattie
No pre-orders, but email [email protected] if you want to know what cuts they will be bringing to market and price per pound before you come to market.
Pasture raised, organically fed pork from a sustainable family farm. Retail cuts, and value-added products. Meat the way it should be.
Elysium Farm's Facebook page

Evans Farms Produce
Bridgeville, DE
Kevin and Katey Evans
No pre-orders.
This third-generation family farm will have strawberries and asparagus.

Ficner Farm
Dover, DE
Loretta Ficner and Family
Pre-order on: www.ficnerfarm.com
Questions? Contact at (302) 674-4677 or email: [email protected]
Strawberries, scallions, and kale. Plants: basil, rosemary, and dill.

Fifer Orchards (will be at market on June 6)
Camden-Wyoming, DE
Michael and Mary Fennemore
No pre-orders. Credit/Debit only.

Fresh Harvest Hydroponics
Millsboro, DE
Bill Jordan
No pre-orders.
Fresh Harvest Hydroponics is a family owned and operated business that specializes in pesticide, and herbicide free produce. Hydroponic lettuce is available all year! Varieties include: spinach, mixed greens, butter lettuce, arugula, and romaine.

Grass Works Meat Farm (will be at market June 6)
Seaford, DE
David and Andy Jones
Pre-order by calling (302) 393-9611 during the week before Saturday market. Please note that meat may be pre-ordered, but no pre-orders just for eggs.
Grass Works Meat Farm is committed to raising the best all-natural livestock available. They believe God designed these animals to thrive in their natural environment with no added chemicals or hormones. Their meat selection includes Black Angus beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, and eggs.

Herbs, Spice, Everything Nice
Selbyville, DE
David & Cheryl Wiley
Pre-order on: www.hsenorganicfarm.com or
Phone: Dave Wiley (908) 578-3159.
USDA Certified Organic produce. This week's produce: Chinese cabbage, Swiss Chard mix, Tuscan and curly kale, mixed lettuce heads, red radishes, orange carrots. Plants: heirloom and hybrid tomato, pepper, and eggplant Also a large selection of herb and specialty plants.

Jackie Blues
Greenbackville, VACory, Jackie, Mariana, Everett and Martin Savage Pre-order on: www.Jackie-blues.com
Phone: (443) 783-6363
Fourth & fifth generation Commercial Fishermen, offering you the freshest Blue Crabs on the Eastern Shore, from their boat to your table.

Kalmar Farm
Harrington, DE
Tommy Eliason and his sister Susan Eliason
Pre-order by phone or text: (302) 943-8707
Asparagus, strawberries, beets, sugar snap peas.

Lavender Fields
Milton, DE
Sharon Harris and Marie Mayor
Pre-order on: www.lavenderfieldsde.com.
Click on SHOP and then FARMERS MARKET to navigate to instructions and online store with products available for purchase. If you have questions, you can call the warehouse at the farm between 11am - 2pm / Mon - Fri at (302) 664-2900 or email at [email protected]
They have hand sanitizer, several varieties of lavender plants, lavender honey and other products. They also offer "The Soap Fairy" natural handcrafted soaps, bath salts, and lotions.

Nancy's Café
Milford, DE
Nancy and Mike Forster
Pre-order on: www.nancyonwalnut.com
Nancy's Cafe will offer assorted fresh salads, soups, baked goods including scones and focaccia, 9" quiche, dairy products,  and Italian specialties including fresh pastas and sauces. You can make your selection(s) on the website, pre-pay, and pick-up at the market, or just come to market to select and purchase.

Nice Farms Creamery
American Corner, MD
Bob and Jaclynne Miller
Pre-order on: https://fs26.formsite.com/EILqh8/im4iifqvnd/index.html
Cream-line milk, chocolate milk, butter, and yogurt from pastured grass-fed dairy cows-free from artificial hormones.

Old World Breads Bakery
Lewes, DE
Keith Irwin
Pre-order on: https://www.oldworldbreads.com/shop.html
Old World Breads is an artisan bakery in Lewes, Delaware baking handcrafted breads, pastries, and savory items. Each item is hand formed to create the delicate textures and flavors reminiscent of European breads and pastries.www.oldworldbreads.com

Parsons Farms Produce
Dagsboro, DE
Paul and Brittany Parsons
Pre-order by calling: (302) 732-3336. Call before Friday at 5 pm to order for Saturday.
This Saturday they have strawberries and strawberry pies. Growers of fine fruits and vegetables, this multi-generational farm has always been a local's favorite in Sussex County.
Parson's Farm Produce Facebook Page

Stag Run Farm
Georgetown, DE
Craig and Lenore Brady
Pre-order by calling: (302) 922-1271 or email [email protected].
Asparagus, carrots, radishes, and beets. Field-grown lettuces: red leafy, butter crunch, and butter. Chrissy Bee's Honey: butterbean, Dutch clover, wildflower, and pine.
Craig and Lenore Brady and their children started the farm in 2003. Their family farm continues to grow yearly with new crops and varieties of fruits and vegetables. Their farm is also an apiary, using Italian honeybees to pollinate the orchard and crops, producing Chrissy Bee's Honey.

Totem Farms
Milton, DE
Rob Dick, Shauna Thompson, Wayne Hawkins
Pre-order: Pre-orders will be accepted 2 days prior to market, starts Thursday at 7am and ends Friday at 9pm. Simply text your order to Rob at (302) 930-1840. Include your email address and you will receive an invoice from Rob to pay online.
Spring mix, tatsoi, watercress, Romaine lettuce (boxed), French breakfast radish, spring onions, Hakurei turnips, garlic scapes, broccoli raab. Herbs: English thyme and lemon balm.
Micro greens: mix, arugula, wasabi, mizuna, mustard, garnet, red Russian kale, basil, and broccoli
Microgreen salad, Micro Arugula salad.
Plants: tomato, eggplant, zucchini, okra, squash, thyme, savory, basil, mint, parsley, and stevia. Twin Post eggs.

Tout de Suite Patisserie
Milton, DE
David and Barbara Hines
Pre-orders on orders of $50+. Please text at (302) 604-2605 by Thursday, 5 pm before Saturday. Cash only.
Artisanal baked goods using high quality ingredients and prepared absolutely fresh for each market. They make all their doughs and fillings from scratch from start to finish. They feature a standard selection of European inspired pastries and desserts with the addition of seasonal specialties.
Tout de Suite Patisserie Facebook Page

Weathered Eye
Lewes, DE
Jay McCutcheon and Kay Carney
Pre-order on: www.weatheredeyefarm.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (443) 220-1849
Spring mix, spicy salad mix, mini bibb and Romaine heads, spinach, arugula
cheriette and watermelon radish, Bright Lights chard, asparagus, and scallions. Vegetable and herb plants. On-farm kitchen prepared foods -offered individually or as a Meal Kit.
Practicing sustainable farming on 4+ acres in Lewes, DE.

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Delaware Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Customer Rules

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P.O. Box 185, Nassau, DE 19969
For more information, go to www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.  Send your comments and questions to us at [email protected] or call us at 302-644-1436.

Thank you for helping keep the Market community safe! 

In case of inclement weather the Market moves to Shields Elementary School Parking lot.

More information about the Market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org. Find them also on Facebook. Questions? [email protected] or call 302-644-1436. To receive the HLFM newsletter, please email them at [email protected] to be added to the HLFM list.

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Year Round
M-F 10am - 4pm
Memorial Day thru Sept. 30th
Saturday 9am - 3pm
Closed Sunday