LEWES, Del. — At 10 am in the demo tents, Doug Wood of 302 Aquaponics will discuss aquaponic farming, how it is different from hydroponic farming, and the role tilapia plays on his farm.
This Saturday, there will be watermelons, cantaloupe, heirloom tomatoes, sweet local corn, peaches, blueberries, cherry and slicer tomatoes, Shishito, Poblano, and other peppers, chards, arugula, broccoli, lettuces, kale, mushrooms, micro greens, eggs, tilapia fish, crabs, oysters, beef, pork, chicken, honey, jams, beautiful fresh-baked breads, kombucha, pastries made with fruit from the growers at the market, hemp products, large flower bouquets including sunflowers, fresh-cut herbs, plants, and so much more.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market’s Tomato Festival will take place at the market on Saturday, August 7. This year there will be The Biggest Tomato at Market Contest, tomato handstamps for kids, the Guess the Number of Tomatoes in the Jar contest, and a demo by Cape Gazette food writer Denise Clemons at 10 am. Heirloom, cherry, and slicer tomatoes will be in abundance. The market holds the festival each year to celebrate National Farmers Market Week which this year takes place August 1-7.
The Saturday market takes place at George H.P. Smith Park, at the corner of Dupont and Johnson Avenues. However, in case of inclement weather, the Market moves to Shields Elementary School Parking lot, Sussex Drive and Savannah Road. If the market has to move to Shields, the demo will be rescheduled.
The HLFM’s Wednesday market at Crooked Hammock Brewery is now open from 8 to 11am with 11 farmers/producers: 302 Aquaponics, Baywater Farms, Bennett Orchards, Bodine Farms, Dittmar Family Farms, Hattie’s Garden, Jackie Blues, Kalmar Farm, Mandala Pies, Stag Run Farm, and Totem Farms.
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 will also be accepted at the market in mid-June.
The HLFM also continues its partnership with the Epworth United Methodist Church Food Pantry. 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 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.
More information about the Market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org. Find them also on Facebook and Instagram.
–Historic Lewes Farmers Market