Aquaculture talks highlight of HLFM Aug. 24
Labor Day and the end of summer are right around the corner but summer produce is in full swing at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. On Saturday Aug. 24, the market will open at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St, at the corner of West Third and Shipcarpenter streets. The market will be open from 8 a.m. til noon. The HLFM is the largest producer-only market in Delaware, named Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware Farmers Market for 2013, for the third year in a row.
The HLFM has announced that it will not close at the end of September this season, but will continue through Saturday, Nov. 23. From Oct. 5 through Nov. 23, the market will continue at Shields Elementary School parking lot at the intersection of Sussex Drive and Savannah Road from 9 a.m. til noon.
The HLFM’s educational series of demonstrations this week features two presentations. At 9:30 a.m., Josh and Toni Thompson will discuss the history of their farm. They breed Heritage Woodlot pigs, organic free-range chicken, organic free range duck and Oberhasli dairy goats. Their future plans are to raise aquacultured oysters as well. Bill Clifton, well known chef of Henlopen City Oyster House, will prepare Tappahanna Farms fresh pork belly for tasting.
At 10:30 a.m., learn how oyster aquaculture will help restore waterways one oyster at a time. The speaker will be E.J. Chalabala, restoration coordinator for the Delaware Center for Inland Bays. Chalabala is a native of Sussex County, born and raised in Milton, who will share his passion about the waterways of Sussex County. After receiving his degree in aquaculture, fisheries and wildlife biology at Clemson University,Chalabala returned home to put his knowledge to work in Delaware.
Starting this year, the Market is processing SNAP (EBT Food Stamps). To help lower economic barriers to local healthy food, the HLFM will match up to $10 in SNAP with HLFM “Bonus Bucks.” SNAP participants are encouraged to go to the SNAP Information Tent at the market to redeem their Bonus Bucks.
Summer menus demand, and the vendors supply, a dizzying selection of the freshest, most nutritious fruits and vegetables. Whether it’s corn on the cob, tomatoes, watermelon, or peaches (or all of the above), the market has them all. Round out that special meal with savory meats, chicken, pork and/or seafood, breads, and a fresh fruit pie for dessert. And don’t forget to take oven hot muffins home for breakfast! The market’s wide variety of vendors offers produce, meat, chicken, lamb, dairy products, and many other agricultural offerings. Specific types and varieties of fresh meat, fish, 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 for the remainder of the month will highlight featured vendors and selected produce. The newsletter is also posted on their Facebook page. To receive the HLFM newsletter, please email the HLFM at firstname.lastname@example.org and be added to the HLFM subscription list.
Maureen Miller, children’s librarian at Lewes Public Library, will explain how Nature creates summer’s delightful color palate when she reads "Planting A Rainbow" by Lois Ehlert, during the Children’s Reading Program, at 9 a.m., in the Old Schoolhouse. This enduring children’s book narrates, through text and illustrations, the life of flowers.
The Market continues the Annual Bike Raffle tradition. This year, the bike is a 2013 Electra Coaster 3i, three-speed cruiser. It is a bright green flash color and has whitewall tires and a cushy white seat. The big bell sounds like a doorbell, and, of course, the bike comes with an easy-release basket that can be taken to market. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday, Aug. 31. Market patrons can enter every Saturday they come to market.
This year, American Farmland Trust has a new celebration of farms. It is called I Love My Farmers Market-a celebration to raise national awareness about local farmers markets and put money directly in the pockets of family farmers. This celebration replaces the America's Favorite Farmers Market contest. The top three most celebrated markets from each state will receive special recognition. Help the HLFM be No. 1 in Delaware.
Throughout the celebration, market patrons simply pledge dollars they intend to spend at their local farmers markets. Pledges can be cast once a day. What is a pledge? A pledge equals a commitment to put $10 in the pockets of family farmers. The market hopes that market patrons will pledge to spend $10 per week at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. Go to www.farmland.org and click on “I Love My Farmers Market.”
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.