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HLFM moves summer’s bounty to Shields July 12

Jul 09, 2014

Because the Lewes Craft Fair will be held at the Lewes Historical Society this Saturday, July 12, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open at the Richard Shields Elementary School parking lot, just off the corner of Savannah Road and Sussex Drive. The Market will be open from 8 a.m. til noon. The market returns to the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society Saturday, July 19.  At the Historic Lewes Farmers Market on Saturday, customers will find the freshest produce Delmarva has to offer as well as meat, fish, chicken, freshly-laid eggs, breads, milk, yogurt, ice cream, plants, herbs, and more as well as fresh flowers for the table.

To help celebrate National Farmers Market Week, on Saturday, Aug. 9, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market will host the 8th Annual Tomato Festival on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society.  HLFM vendors will have an extraordinary array of delicious local tomatoes just picked and ready for the table.  Patrons will have the opportunity to taste over 60 different varieties of ripe, juicy Delmarva tomatoes at vendors’ tents. There will also be face painting for children, guess the number of cherry tomatoes  and  the very popular  Great Tomato Recipe Contest.  Prizes will be awarded to recipe contest winners.  Forms to enter the contest will be available shortly at the market and in the market's weekly newsletter. To receive the HLFM newsletter, email historiclewesfarmersmarket@comcast.net to be added to their subscription list.

The market urges everyone who can ride a bike (or walk) to the market to do so. As in the past, the market continues its tradition of a free Annual Bike Raffle.  The bike this year is a 2014 Phat Sea Breeze Deluxe, Black Cherry Red Single Speed Cruiser. The bell sounds like a doorbell and comes with an easy-release basket that can be taken to market. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday, Aug. 30 (Labor Day Weekend). Market patrons can enter every Saturday, so they should come often and their chances of winning get better.

The Market continues to process SNAP (EBT Food Stamps). To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM will match up to $10 with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants are encouraged to go to the SNAP Information Tent at the market to redeem the Bonus Bucks incentive.

This year, American Farmland Trust has a new “I Love my Farmers Market Celebration.”  The celebration raises national awareness about local farmers markets and puts money directly in the pockets of family farmers.  Consumers can pledge dollars they intend to spend at the market.  For more information, go to www.farmland.org.

Specific types and varieties of fresh meat, seafood, 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 the remainder of the month will highlight featured vendors and selected produce. To receive the HLFM newsletter, email historiclewesfarmersmarket@comcast.net to be added to the HLFM subscription list.

HLFM has adopted a policy that pets (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted at the market.

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