LEWES, Del. — At 10 am in the demo tents, it’s all about peaches when Henry Bennett of Bennett Orchards talks about what it takes to grow Bennett Peaches. Then Chef Dru Tevis, Corporate Pastry Chef of SoDel Concepts and winner of Delaware Today’s Best Chef Downstate, takes those peaches and makes a fabulous peachy dessert. From shortcakes and pound cakes to trifles, fresh peaches make an easy topping for dessert. Chef Tevis will bring biscuits, cake, and trifles to serve fresh cut up peaches on top. He will also talk about the process of building a simple summer trifle, and the best components for making a peach shortcake. General Manager of Crust and Craft, Katie Sherman, will also join Chef Tevis, and they will talk about peach dishes (both savory and sweet) at Crust and Craft. Crust and Craft has brunch on Sunday, July 31, and they will be serving peach stuffed doughnuts. Customers are invited to come to the demo for a fascinating talk and stay for dessert.
Juicy watermelons are here—nothing like cold watermelon on a hot summer day! There will also be peaches (white and yellow), nectarines, cantaloupes, blueberries, sweet corn, hybrid and heirloom tomatoes—both slicer and cherry, potatoes, green beans, summer squashes, kale, Bok Choy, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, radishes, carrots, Swiss chard, arugula, lettuces, pork sausages, chops, and ribs, tilapia fish, oysters, live crabs, hand-picked crab meat, crabcakes, crab salad, grass-fed chicken, beef and pork, honey, mushrooms, eggs, yogurt, milk, butter, ice cream, kombucha, jams, fresh-baked breads, pastries made with fruit from the vendors at the market, herb, veggie, and flower plants, cut-flower bouquets including sunflowers, locally roasted coffee and coffee drinks, and more. The Historic Lewes Farmers Market is unique in that it is producer-only—customers are able to buy directly from the farmer who grew the produce. This Market is where the farmers are.
Children’s Storytime at the Market, a partnership with the Lewes Public Library starts at 10am. Library volunteers read books about farming, healthy eating, gardening, and nature at the Yellow Tent near the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Information Tent.
The HLFM Bicycle Giveaway this year is an Electra Cruiser 1 Step-Thru in bright green. It has a cushy seat, smooth rolling tires, and no-slip pedals. There is a recycled ocean plastic basket that is perfect for the Market or for the beach. There’s even a Chicken Dance ringer bell. Come to the Market to enter. This beautiful cruiser was selected with the help of Lewes Cycle Sports and purchased locally at their store at 526 E. Savannah Road in Lewes. The Historic Lewes Farmers Market sponsors this raffle to encourage everyone who is able, to bike or walk to the Market. Winner does not have to be present to win.
The HLFM Big Raffle has 3 stupendous prizes, each valued at $1,000: Jazz Fest Weekend Tickets and Dinner; the Fabu-Lewes-Feast including 8-$125 restaurant gift cards; and a Private-in-Home 3-Course Chef with Wine Pairing for 10 by Chef Sean Corea. Tickets are on sale at the Market, and the drawing is September 3rd. Winner does not have to be present to win. All proceeds go to support the HLFM.
The market takes place at George H.P. Smith Park at the corner of Johnson and Dupont Avenues. However, in case of inclement weather, the Market moves to Lewes Elementary School Parking lot, 820 Savannah Road.
The Market continues its SNAP (EBT Food Stamps) program. To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM 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. WIC and SFMNP coupons are also accepted at the Market.
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 HLFM Food Pantry Purchase Program every Saturday. At the end of the Market, the produce and other foods are gathered and given to various food pantries including both Epworth and Casa San Francisco. The HLFM thanks its customers for their generosity.
The circle in front of the Fred Thomas Building at the foot of Dupont will be open for handicap drop-off and pick-up. Beebe Hospital is generously allowing market customers to park in its outside parking lots. Please go to www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org to see where parking is located and to view Vendor Maps for the Market. The market is a stop on the Lewes Line, a great way to come to the Market.
The Wednesday Market at Crooked Hammock Brewery is also open with ten great farmers from 8 to 11 am, June through September.
Dogs at the Market must be under control on a six-foot non-retractable leash.
The Market thanks The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, 2022 HLFM Market Champion, and all other sponsors for their continued support of the Market.
More information about the Market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org. Find them also on Facebook and Instagram.
–Historic Lewes Farmers Market