LEWES, Del. — The Historic Lewes Farmers Market had originally scheduled the Tomato Festival for August 8, but, obviously, there won’t be a festival due to Covid 19 restrictions. However, the HLFM will celebrate National Farmers Market Week (August 2-8) on Saturday, August 8 and urges folk to come to the Market to purchase the best tomatoes and produce available on the Delmarva. In addition, the HLFM Facebook page and newsletter will feature pictures, videos, and recipes from previous year’s tomato celebrations, so that everyone can remember better times.
This year, the HLFM is celebrating the resiliency of farmers markets, local farmers/producers, and market volunteers. They have proven that farmers markets, with their short supply chains, are essential to keeping food available to local communities. The HLFM and other Delaware farmers markets worked hard, and worked together, to open the markets in Delaware, and then helped to develop the protocols to make them safe. The producers have brought the best local food to the markets and worked with markets to keep everyone safe. Local volunteers risk coming out to help–many week after week. The HLFM continues their programs for SNAP, WIC, and SFMNP customers. And, the Market this year supports not one but two food pantries—the Epworth United Methodist Church Food Pantry and Casa San Francisco’s Food Pantry.
Customers should subscribe to the free Market newsletter to see how the Market is celebrating, and for a more specific listing of what’s available by vendor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the newsletter.
This Saturday, August 1, the Market is planning to be at George H.P. Smith Park (Dupont and Johnson Avenues). However, customers are advised to watch the HLFM Facebook page for Market location updates. In case of rain, the Market moves to Richard A. Shields Elementary School parking lot (Savannah Rd., and Sussex Dr.).
There’s a great raffle going on at the Market to support the HLFM, with two great prizes—a Barrow of Booze (wheelbarrow full of fine wines and spirits), and Fabu-Lewes Feast–eight $125 gift certificates from the best restaurants in the area. Both are valued at $1,000! Tickets are just $5 each or 6 for $25, and are available at the Saturday market.
The HLFM has opened its Wednesday Market at Crooked Hammock Brewery, 36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes with many of its favorite vendors and parking right next to the Market. The Wednesday Market is open from 8 to 11 am. They thank the Crooked Hammock Brewery for their generosity in letting the HLFM use their parking lot for this Market.
The HLFM advises that due to Covid-19, the Market is very different from last year. The entrance to the Market at the Park will be near the vendor entrance gravel path from the circle driveway. The Market’s perimeter is enclosed, and there is only one entrance and one exit. Masks are required, and a maximum of two people per household are allowed into the Market at a time. Please go to www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org for Covid-19 Delaware Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Customer Rules.
There is some parking at the parking lot in the Park, and in the lot in back of the Fred Thomas Building. But it is best to either walk or bike to the Market. Lewes School, its parking lot, and its playing fields are entirely fenced off. The Market thanks Beebe Hospital for allowing customers to also 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. The Park has an entrance from the Beebe lot. It is closer to get to the one entrance to the Market if customers go right on the path at the Park after entering. There is a Google map of the Beebe Hospital parking lot and the Park on the HLFM website (historiclewesfarmersmarket.org) that shows how to get from the Beebe parking lot to the one entrance to the Market.
A number of the Market vendors now take pre-orders. The HLFM website www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org lists all vendors, their contact information, and whether or not they take pre-orders. For pre-orders, the customer will pick up at the vendor tent in the Market. The Market suggests that customers who pre-order come later in the day when there will be less volume.
The Market continues to match SNAP up to $20 per market, per customer. WIC and SFMNP coupons are also welcome at the Market. For more information on SNAP, the Epworth/HLFM food pantry program, and the Market, please contact email@example.com.
–Historic Lewes Farmers Market