LEWES, Del. — At 10 am in the Demo Tent, Chef Ted Deptula, Culinary Director of Crooked Hammock Brewery uses produce from the Market to create a great summer dish to celebrate the height of the season! Chef Deptula graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2007, moved to Rehoboth Beach soon after and formed mentorships at Nage. Ted moved to the Lewes Yacht Club as Executive Chef for five years and returned to LaVida Hospitality Group as Director of Culinary Operations for Crooked Hammock Brewery in 2019.
New summer product is coming to Market every week. This Saturday, customers will find apples, figs, blackberries, raspberries, everbearing strawberries, donut and white and yellow peaches, nectarines, lima beans, Haricot Verts and regular green beans, wax pole beans, beets, shallots, garlic, carrots, potatoes, Japanese cucumbers, large variety of peppers including Cubanelle Frying and Jalapeno, sweet peppers, Shishito peppers, Roma and other tomato varieties, gourmet melons, cantaloupes, watermelons, sweet corn, Fairy Tale and Italian eggplants, yellow and red potatoes, summer squashes, arugula, lettuces, pork sausages, chops, and ribs, tilapia fish, oysters, live crabs, hand-picked crab meat, crabcakes, crab salad, grass-fed chicken, and beef (ground beef, Filet Mignon, New York Strip steak, Sirloin Steak, Skirt steak, Bavette steak, Flank steak), 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 for drawing. All proceeds go to support the HLFM.
The market takes place at George H.P. Smith Park. 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 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