Seafood specialist to discuss tricks of trade Sept. 21
Come join other foodies at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to noon, on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society at 110 Shipcarpenter St., in downtown Lewes. 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 and just this month named the top celebrated Farmers Market in Delaware by American Farmland Trust.
The big news from the Historic Lewes Farmers Market is that the market will continue this year into the fall. The market stays at the Lewes Historical Society through Sept. 28. And, this year, from Oct. 5 through Nov. 23 (Saturday before Thanksgiving), from 9 a.m. to noon, the market will be held in the parking lot of Richard Shields Elementary School, just off the corner of Sussex Drive and Savannah Road. Many favorite vendors will be there offering everything from meats to pumpkins to lettuces to butternut squash.
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.
With the change in seasons, market patrons can find autumn's best fresh, local produce at the market. From carrots and potatoes for stews and soups to apples for a homemade pie to bread for the breakfast table, the market’s vendors offer a stunning array of choices for every taste and culinary need. Shoppers will find a wide variety of vendors of fabulous 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, 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 the HLFM at email@example.com and be added to the HLFM subscription list.
The HLFM continues its educational demonstration series this week - a presentation on local seafood. Doris Hicks, seafood technology specialist at the University of Delaware, will discuss best practices for handling, storing and preparing finfish and shellfish. After receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees in food science and food nutrition, in 1981, Hicks became a seafood specialist with the University of Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service. In that capacity, she works with the seafood industry and consumers to develop educational programs. She has authored a number of publications on proper seafood handling and served on a team that developed www.seafoodhealthfacts.org, a seafood consumption guide for consumers.
Consistent with its mission, the board of directors of the HLFM is committed to supporting farmers and emerging farmers who grow local fruits, vegetables and produce - a real farmers market.
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.