LEWES, Del. — July 4 brings the first sweet corn to the Market. Add peaches, tomatoes, summer squash, new potatoes, blue crabs, and blueberries, and there is July 4 supper. There will also be flower bouquets, cucumbers, radishes, salad turnips, kohlrabi, bibb lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, escarole, CBD oils and bath salts made from organically grown hemp, bok choy, mushrooms, croissants, baguettes, scones, pies, quiches, milk, butter, Italian ices, honey, grass-fed beef, chicken, eggs, freshly roasted coffee—ground and whole beans, and much more. Customers should subscribe to the free market newsletter to see a more specific listing of what’s available by vendor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the newsletter.
This Saturday, 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.).
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. 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 Historic Lewes Farmers (HLFM) market is partnering with Epworth United Methodist Church Food Pantry. HLFM customers who want to help feed the local community with fresh local food 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 will be gathered and given to Epworth. It’s a challenging time for many, and this is a good way to get nutritious local food to more members of the community. The HLFM thanks its customers for their generosity.
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 very little parking at the parking lot in the Park, and 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’s weekly newsletter lists featured items from vendors. To receive the newsletter, customers should go to email@example.com and ask to be added to the list.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Sharon Dardine, Historic Lewes Farmers Market