Historic Lewes Farmers Market

August 1st, 2020 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Historic Lewes Farmers Market
George H.P. Smith Park
Corner of Dupont & Johnson Avenues

Hello, Friends,

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market had originally scheduled the Tomato Festival for August 8, but, obviously, there won't be a festival due to Covid 19 restrictions. However, the HLFM will still celebrate National Farmers Market Week (August 2-8), and we urge you to come to the Market to purchase the best tomatoes and produce available on the Delmarva. In addition, the HLFM Facebook page and newsletter will feature photos, from previous year's tomato celebrations, so that we all can remember better times and look forward to them in the future.

2010 Great Tomato Recipe Contest
First Place Winner Robert Perri with Helaine Harris
Photo by Brook Hedge

2014 Great Tomato Recipe Contest Winners
Harry Keyser, Laura Byrum, Kay Cumber and Richard Scalenghe
Photo by Brook Hedge

This year, the HLFM is celebrating the resiliency of farmers markets, local farmers/producers, and market volunteers. We have proven that farmers markets, with their short supply chains, are essential to keeping food available to local communities. The HLFM and other Delaware farmers markets worked hard, and worked together, to open the markets in Delaware, and then helped to develop the protocols to make them safe. The producers have brought the best local food to the markets and worked with markets to keep everyone safe. Local volunteers risk coming out to help--many week after week. You, the customer, have come to the Market to lend your support by purchasing great local food. Most of the sponsors of our Farmraiser, our big fundraising event that we had to cancel due to Covid, kept their sponsorships intact and helped keep us going. The HLFM proudly continues our programs for SNAP, WIC, and SFMNP customers. And the Market this year supports not one but two food pantries-the Epworth United Methodist Church Food Pantry and Casa San Francisco's Food Pantry.

Welcome to YOUR Market
It's all local, ripe, and wonderful right now-watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet corn, fresh blue crabs, jams, fresh-cut flowers, pork sausages and hamburgers for the grill, peaches, fresh-made ice cream, and lots of different tomatoes from heirlooms to sungolds.
Members of our community need to have more access to fresh local food, and the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) is partnering with Epworth United Methodist Church to help with their food pantry. Here's how you can participate in this very worthwhile program. You may either pre-order or come to the Market and tell the vendor what you want to purchase to donate to the Epworth program that day. You might consider leaving it up to the vendor, and just say you would like to donate $5, $10, $25, or whatever amount of produce and other foods, and let the Vendor put together a box. At the end of the Market, the food will be gathered and given to the Epworth Food Pantry. It's a challenging time for lots of our friends, and this is a good way to get nutritious food to more members of our community. We thank you for your generosity, and if you have any questions, please contact us: [email protected]

Market Volunteers Needed-Can You Help?
Do you come to the Market all the time and wonder what all those folks in green HLFM aprons do? Well, you can find out by volunteering for the non-profit Historic Lewes Farmers Market, almost totally run by volunteers. We still need additional help at the Market this season, and through November. There are two shifts for volunteers, so you only have to commit to a two-hour period. If you are interested in working at the SNAP tent, please let us know. To volunteer, please contact us: [email protected].

Wednesday Crooked Hammock Market Open 8 am-11am
Our Wednesday Market is located at Crooked Hammock Brewery, 36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes, DE. It has eight of your favorite vendors from the Saturday market, and has very easy access with parking right next to the market.

No Wait to Get into the Market
There isn't a wait to get into the Market. If you see a line, remember that it goes really quickly, and there has not been a wait for more than five minutes in weeks. Most customers come to Market between 8 and 10 am. After 10 am, there are much fewer folk in the Market, and still plenty of produce and other products available, especially now that we are in the middle of the summer harvest.

What's Fresh at Market
Please see producer list below for what each vendor is bringing this Saturday, so that you can make your list and get through the Market quickly. Also, at the bottom of this letter you will find information on parking, using SNAP at the Market, and Covid-19 rules. If there is rain, we move the Market to Shields Elementary School parking lot (Savannah Rd. and Sussex Dr.) We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Backyard Jams & Jellies:
Pre-order by calling: (302) 684-0435. Deadline for preorders is 10 am on Friday before Saturday market.
Backyard Jams and Jellies always brings a lot of flavors to the market, but this week they will have some special seasonal ones! For a limited time only, they will have Black Raspberry Jam. These berries are hard to find (and expensive), so get your jam before it is totally gone. They are also bringing a new flavor to market--apricot hot pepper jelly. They have apricot jam, and no sugar added apricot jam. It is peach season, and for the first time this summer, they will have peachy-palooza preserves! This is a wonderful "boozy" jam, made with fresh (local) peaches, sugar, lemon, ginger, and Dogfish Head Sonic Archaeology. Their best seller--Drunken Monkey jam (made with Dogfish Head Barrel Honey Rum) will also be available. Try these "boozy" jams on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, or cheesecake. In addition to jams, they have mustards, chutneys, and daiquiri mixes. You can use the daiquiri mixes with or without rum (they have instructions). They can also be used in smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal. You will not find their daiquiri mixes, peachy-palooza preserves, black raspberry jam, or apricot hot pepper jelly in stores. They will only be available at the market. Check out their website for all of flavors (and for preordering).

Baywater Farms
Salisbury, MD
Tim Fields

Pre-order on: https://baywater-702480.square.site/
Baywater Farms All-Natural Hemp Products made with hemp organically grown on the farm. Products include: 1000 mg CBD oil in natural, mint and vanilla, 500 mg CBD oil lemon flavor, and 100 mg peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender CBD bath salts.
Produce: Large heirloom tomatoes, Shishito peppers, tomatillos, celery, sweet peppers, bell peppers, banana peppers, cherry tomatoes, red tomatoes, summer squash varieties, cabbage, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, string beans, leeks, herbs, spring mix, butter head lettuce, micro greens, edible flowers,
Grab and Go Boxes
*Mixed produce boxes with a diverse mix of weekly produce $10.00
*Salad box with multiple types of lettuce (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
Frankford, DE
Carrie, Jim, Hail and Henry Bennett
No pre-orders.
They will bring their heirloom yellow freestone "Loring" Bennett Peaches. 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.

Davidsons 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.
They will have 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
They will have whole and half chickens, red and green Clemson okra and tomato and squash varieties. Pre-orders can be emailed to [email protected] or phone (302) 632-5875.
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.
Farm-fresh cut flowers, cherry and grape tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, new potatoes, homemade pesto, cut herbs including Italian & purple basil, and other seasonal produce. All 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 Farms Facebook page

Evans Farms Produce
Bridgeville, DE
Kevin and Katey Evans
No pre-orders.
This third-generation family farm will have cantaloupe, sweet corn, green peppers, squash, zucchini, and tomatoes. https://www.evansfarmsproduce.com/

Ficner Farm
Dover, DE
Loretta Ficner and Family
Pre-order on: www.ficnerfarm.com
Questions? Contact Ficner at: (302) 674-4677 or email: [email protected]
White sweet corn, tomatoes, eggplant, yellow wax beans, squash, zucchini, Kirby cucumbers, and sunflower bouquets.

Fifer Orchards
Camden-Wyoming, DE
Michael and Mary Fennemore
No pre-orders.
Red Deuce tomatoes, sweet corn, RedHaven yellow peaches, Summer Pearl white peaches, plums, sunflower bouquets, honey, and apple cider donuts.

Fox Briar Farm
Easton, MD
Kathleen and Daniel Moss
Pre-order on: https://www.foxbriarfarm.net/shop
Beets, carrots, radishes, kale, eggplant, scallions, onions, summer squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and cilantro.
Fox Briar Farm is a community scale, regenerative farm using natural growing methods without artificial pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. They grow on a half-acre just outside of Easton, MD. Working thoughtfully and lovingly with the land is the heart of their daily practice.

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 mixed greens, butter lettuce, arugula, and romaine.

Gaia Coffee Co.
Lewes, DE
Daniela Auñón
Pre-order on website: www.gaiacoffeeco.com/shop
They always roast fresh! Please preorder by Wednesday for guaranteed Saturday pick up at the market. Select the shipping option "Pick up at Historic Lewes Farmers Market" to remove delivery fees.
Gaia Coffee Co. is currently offering four different coffees for purchase (light, medium, medium/dark, and a dark roast). All coffee comes directly from Costa Rican farmers and is freshly roasted in micro batches in Lewes, Delaware. Find more information on the different roasts, tasting notes, and the farmers behind the beans on their website or email  [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Grass Works Meat Farm
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.
Their selection includes eggs, Black Angus beef, lamb, and chicken.
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.

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 and plants. This week's produce: Sugar Baby watermelons, heirloom fingerling potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, red and yellow slicing tomatoes, and a colorful mix of over 20 varieties of cherry tomatoes. They have Shishito tapas peppers. Sweet peppers include purple bells, sweet mini bells in red, yellow, and chocolate and Italian fryers. Jalapeno and Poblano peppers add some heat along with lots of flavor. Fresh cut basil, garlic, leeks, red and white onions add flavor and are available for summer meals. Purple carrots are still available, as well as a large selection of herb and specialty plants, including eucalyptus plants, mosquito repelling lemon grass, and citronella scented geraniums. See their website for a complete listing and photos.

Jackie Blues
Greenbackville, VA
Cory, Jackie, Mariana, Everett, and Martin Savage
Pre-order on: www.Jackie-blues.com
Phone: (443) 783-6363
They have some soft shell crabs for pre-order only, as well as regular blue crabs which can either be pre-ordered or just purchased at the Market. 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
Watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet corn, potatoes, green beans, squash, and zucchini.

Lavender Fields
Milton, DE
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, Bugaway, Body Butter, 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 has added fresh ricotta cheese to the menu. In addition, fresh Mozzarella balls are still available. They will also have quiches in 6" as well as 9" sizes. Salads are chicken walnut grape, curried chicken apple raisin, egg, potato, tuna, and beet citrus. Chicken cheese enchiladas round out main dishes. Sweets are assorted scones, lemon yogurt cake, coconut macaroons and assorted fruit turnovers. 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. New this year: Italian ices-lemon, mango, four berry, strawberry, and acai in 4 oz cups. All from pastured grass-fed dairy cows-free from artificial hormones. Ice cream can also be preordered, and they bring extra. They will have vanilla, chocolate, peach, strawberry, and coffee.

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.

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.
Peaches and blueberries. Growers of fine fruits and vegetables, this multi-generational farm has always been a local's favorite in Sussex County.
Parsons Farm Produce Facebook Page

The Point Coffee House and Bakery
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Jennifer and Jeffrey Zerby
Peach melba pie, peach crumb pie, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, empanadas, blueberry crumb cake, flatbread, Danish, blueberry turnovers, and more

Stag Run Farm
Georgetown, DE
Craig and Lenore Brady
Pre-order by calling: (302) 922-1271 or email [email protected].
Watermelon, cantaloupe, and other summer produce.
Chrissy Bee's Honey: Comb honey-special this week, 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.
Heirloom tomatoes (no pre-orders on these), cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, jalapeno peppers, summer squash, zucchini, and other summer veggies, herbs, and micro greens.

Weathered Eye
Lewes, DE
Jay McCutcheon and Kay Carney
Pre-order on: www.weatheredeyefarm.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (443) 220-1849
Cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, sweet and hot peppers, green beans, black and super sweet cherry tomatoes, golden grape tomatoes, Juliet Roma grape tomatoes, and arugula. Available at market, but not for pre-order: heirloom tomatoes, blackberries, and heirloom tomatoes.
On-farm kitchen prepared foods: see their website for weekly offerings.

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