LEWES, Del. — This Saturday, October 10, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market continues its fall market hours–9am to noon. The fall market continues through November 21, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, at the Richard Shields Elementary School parking lot, just off the corner of Savannah Road and Sussex Drive in Lewes, Delaware.
The Fall Market at Shields has 24 vendors offering all the bounties of fall harvest: Brussel sprouts, carrots, peppers, lettuces, broccoli, cabbage, kales, sweet potatoes, ginger, winter squashes (including pumpkins), apples, kombucha, cider, mushrooms, chicken, pork, freshly laid eggs, live blue crabs, breads, jams and jellies, pastries, honey and flower bouquets.
At the October 3 market, Cindy Holt of Epworth United Methodist Church Food Pantry pulled the winning raffle ticket for the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) Fabu-Lewes Raffle of eight $125 gift cards to local Lewes restaurants. Congratulations to the winner, market shopper Stephen Selinger. Proceeds from the raffle benefits the HLFM, the non-profit that manages the market.
The HLFM continues its partnership with Epworth United Methodist Church Food Pantry. HLFM customers who want to help feed the local community may purchase local produce, meats, milk, and other food from growers at the Market to donate to the Epworth program every Saturday. At the end of the Market, the produce and other foods are gathered and given to Epworth. The HLFM thanks its customers for their generosity.
To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM continues its SNAP (EBT Food Stamps) program and matches up to $20 each participant each week with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants are encouraged to come to the SNAP tent at the Market to pick up the bonus $20 in tokens to use at the Market. In addition to SNAP, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market welcomes participants in Delaware’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. WIC coupons can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the Market. Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) coupons are also welcome. WIC and SFMNP are welcome at the market through the end of October.
It is best to either walk or bike to the market. Lewes School, its parking lot, and its playing fields are entirely fenced off, so there is no parking in the Lewes School parking lot. The Market thanks Beebe Hospital for allowing customers to park in the outdoor Beebe lot in back of the Hospital. Customers can enter that parking area through the main entrance to the Hospital between Rite Aid and the Hospital. Customers parking at Beebe should walk to Savannah Road, turn right and Sussex Drive is two blocks away. Customers should turn right at Sussex Drive and will then see the Market.
Customers who want to know what is happening at the Market each Saturday should subscribe to the HLFM newsletter sent to customers on Thursdays. Newsletter is free. To be included, customers may send their email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consistent with its mission, the HLFM is committed to supporting farmers who grow local fruits and vegetables — a “real” farmers market that is producer only.
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.
–Historic Lewes Farmers Market