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Tomatoes ripe and ready at farmers market

By Nick Roth | Aug 12, 2014
Photo by: Nick Roth The Historic Lewes Farmers Market held its annual Tomato Festival Aug. 9 at the Lewes Historical Society Complex on Shipcarpenter Street. Shown is a bin of saucing tomatoes.

Lewes — Tomatoes were the star of the show Aug. 9 at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market.

Thousands of people attended the market for the 8th annual Tomato Festival. The event featured sample plates, a recipe competition and an opportunity to guess the number of tomatoes in a jar. Entertaining children was Maureen Miller from the Lewes Public Library, who read a tomato-themed book.

Taking top honors in the recipe contest was Becky Hamill, whose yellow gazpacho wowed the judges. Taking second was a tomato jam cookie made by Harry Keyser and third place went to Richard Scalenghe for his triple tomato salad. The competition featured 11 entries, which were split into three categories: appetizer or soup, dessert or drink and entree.

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through Sept. 27 at the Lewes Historical Society complex on Shipcarpenter Street. From Oct. 4 through Nov. 22, the market will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Shields Elementary School. For more information, go to www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Thousands of people made their way through the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Aug. 9 in search of tomatoes, peaches and other savory selections. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jim Gaskill entered his green tomato scrapple into the Tomato Festival recipe contest. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Betty Burleigh's candied cherry tomatoes offered a unique take on a tomato-inspired recipe. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Harry Keyser's tomato jam cookies were a hit with the judges. His recipe earned first place in the dessert competition and second in the overall contest. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Becky Hamill's yellow gazpacho was the big winner, taking first place overall in the recipe constest. Hamill's tomato gruyere soufflé with sausage also placed, earning second in the entree category. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape Gazette food columnist Denise Clemons announces the winners of the recipe contest. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Tables were set up around the market with samples of various tomatoes available that day. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Frosty McDaniel rounds up market-goers to guess the number of tomatoes in the jar. The winning total was 332. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
A bouquet of flowers sits next to a display of tomatoes at the market. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Backyard Jams and Jellies of Milton created a number of tomato jams and jellies for the Tomato Festival. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
There was no shortage of tomatoes Aug. 9 in Lewes. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
It may have been the tomato's day, but patrons flocked to the Bennett Orchards' tent for fresh peaches. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Recipe contest judges were introduced following the competition. Shown are chefs (l-r) Bill Clifton of Henlopen City Oyster House, Jay Caputo of Espuma and Rose and Crown, Ian Crandall of Kindle and Aaron Berg of The Buttery. Cape Gazette food columnist Denise Clemons was also a judge. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market held its annual Tomato Festival Aug. 9 at the Lewes Historical Society complex on Shipcarpenter Street. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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