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A strong weekend for food in Lewes

By Dennis Forney | Jul 06, 2014
It was all hands on deck for the Purcell family at Lloyd's Market during the July 4th weekend.  Shown in the frozen foods and bread aisle are (l-r) Dottie, Darrin and Lloyd Purcell.

People kept their appetites tuned up as high as their patriotism over the long July 4 holiday.  In the aisles of Lloyd's Market in Lewes, employees hustled to keep the shelves filled, stacking plastic racks with fresh corn from Freeman's, listening to the sound of fists thumping the stem ends of watermelons, watching endless lines of traffic passing the plate glass windows in front, hearing and retelling the buzz of the community.

Lloyd said holiday sales were solid this year.

"Up from last year," said his son, Darrin.

On Second Street Sunday morning, Mayor Ted Becker said the Historic Lewes Farmers Market counted 4,000 visitors at the Saturday market. He said he thought that was record attendance.

It's hard to remember a nicer overall Fourth of July holiday weekend, even with the three inches of rain Friday morning that washed out the Second Street games in Lewes, the town's boat parade, and a number of scheduled events in Milton.

But, the rain from the remnants of fast-moving Tropical Storm Arthur provided a good soaking and further stoked an already strong-looking crop of corn.  And, it held off long enough for most of Sussex County's farmers to cut their wheat and gather much of their straw.

One out of three isn't bad when a hurricane threatens. At least on July 4, the rains cleared in time for the Doo Dah Parade.  On Second Street, a boat full of young pirates had a lot of fun reminding spectators of the morning's rain by soaking them with pump water guns as they also added lots of magic with a steady stream of bubbles. (Photo by: Dennis Forney)
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