Hari Cameron of a(MUSE.) to demonstrate at Lewes Farmers Market Sept. 7
Labor Day may have come and gone, but the best of summer’s fresh bounty continues to be on display at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Saturday, Sept. 7. The market is held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St., at the corner of West Third Street. 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.
At 10 a.m., the HLFM’s educational series of demonstrations this week features chef-owner Hari Cameron of a(MUSE.), one of the beach’s most popular restaurants. Cameron creates dishes that deliciously blend traditional cuisine and modern culinary techniques. He uses the highest-quality ingredients from the region, including sustainable Atlantic seafood and naturally raised livestock. His a(MUSE.) is justly considered one of the premier progressive dining destinations.
Where did the summer go? Market patrons have enjoyed the full range of summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables, from blueberries and peas earlier in the summer to this week’s bumper crop of corn, beans, eggplant, carrots, squash and so much more. The kids will be thrilled to find their lunch bags full of a tasty chicken salad sandwich made from sustainably raised chicken, a freshly picked apple (and perhaps an extra apple for the teacher) and a scrumptious cookie from one of the market’s terrific bakers. Dinner, too, will delight kids and grownups alike with the market’s right-from-the-farm produce, savory meats, chicken, pork and/or seafood, breads and a pie for dessert.
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 and on the HLFM Facebook page. Newsletters the remainder of the month will highlight featured vendors and selected produce. To receive the HLFM newsletter, email email@example.com.
The market is now 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.
Now that the kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time to come by the School House to hear Maureen Miller, children’s librarian from Lewes Public Library, read "Eating the Alphabet" by Lois Ehlert. Miller will help children learn about fruits and vegetables from A to Z through 74 vivid illustrations depicting produce from the everyday apple to the less well-known jicama. Kids will learn about fruits and vegetables as well as how to recognize letters and the pattern of sounds associated with each letter.
Congratulations to Riley Wager of Lewes, a senior at Cape Henlopen High School, the winner of the 2013 Electra Coaster 3i three-speed cruiser. Her name was drawn at random from a basket of all entries. The market gives away a bicycle every year to encourage all who are able to get out of their cars and bike (or walk) to the market and thanks all those who entered to win!
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. The top three most-celebrated markets from each state will receive special recognition. Help the HLFM be No. 1 in Delaware!
The contest ends Monday, Sept. 9, so pledge now. Market patrons simply pledge dollars they intend to spend at their local market. Pledges can be cast once a day. A pledge is 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. Find them also on Facebook.