Henlopen City Oyster House chef to demonstrate at HLFM Aug. 31
As always, the summer has flown by too quickly and Labor Day is here. While the kids head back to school, the vendors of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market head back to the farm to bring fresh produce galore to the Saturday, Aug. 31 market. 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’s educational series of demonstrations this week features Bill Clifton, executive chef of Rehoboth’s Henlopen City Oyster House. Clifton will prepare peach braised ham over Southern-style succotash salad using produce from Greenbranch Organic Farm, Kalmar Farm and Calliope Organic Farm, all market vendors. Clifton is a native Delawarean, having grown up on a farm in Lincoln. Trained in culinary arts at Kendall College in Chicago, he has worked at some of the best restaurants in the country
What to serve for the last dinner party, beach get-together, or picnic of summer? How about steaming hot corn on the cob? Or a tomato and watermelon with feta salad? Or fresh corn salsa? Market patrons will find duck and chicken eggs, fresh muffins and breads, and bacon for breakfast; tomatoes, salad greens and prepared salads for lunch; and the most succulent chicken, beef, seafood and pork for dinner, as well as tempting desserts. 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 newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org and be added to the HLFM subscription list.
The market continues its annual free 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. Bicycle Queen of Lewes, former City Councilwoman Barbara Vaughan, and Lewes’ own Mike Tyler, Sussex Cyclists advocacy director, will draw the winning ticket at 11 a.m. this Saturday.
During the Children’s Reading Program at 9 a.m. in the Old Schoolhouse at the Lewes Historical Society, Lewes Children’s Librarian Maureen Miller will share poems about the gardening cycle from "Busy in the Garden" by George Shannon. Children will be enchanted by phrases such as "Peppers in a polka/as the snow peas snapped. Beans in a boogie/as the cabbage clapped."
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.
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! Throughout the celebration, market patrons pledge dollars they intend to spend at their local farmers markets. Pledges can be cast once a day. A pledge equals a commitment to put $10 in the pockets of family farmers. Go to www.farmland.org and click on I Love My Farmers Market.
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org and on Facebook.