LEWES, Del. — This Saturday, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market is happy to partner with another great Lewes non-profit for a demo. At 10 am in the demo tents, butterflies take center stage. Warren Golde, founder and horticulturist of award-winning Lewes in Bloom (LIB), will be presenting a program about creating a butterfly garden and show examples of many of the flowers. He will be assisted by LIB member Julie Callahan who will discuss host plants for butterflies. Julie and LIB member John Roecker will explain the life cycle of butterflies with a demonstration of their developmental stages. They will discuss the serious population problems butterflies are facing today and what Lewes in Bloom is doing locally to create butterfly awareness. Cindy DeEmidio, LIB Membership Chair, will describe the benefits of being a Lewes in Bloom member. As a finale to the program, they will be having a live release of Painted Lady and Monarch Butterflies.
At the August 7 Tomato Festival’s Biggest Tomato at Market Contest, Lenore and Craig Brady from Stag Run Farm had the winning tomato–Virginia Sweet heirloom weighing 2.4 lbs. Second place went to Shauna Thompson at Totem Farms with a Pineapple heirloom weighing 2.05 lbs. Third place went to Jay McCutcheon and Kay Carney at Weathered Eye Farm with a Yellow Brandywine heirloom at 1.64 lbs. The Market congratulates the winners and thanks all who entered the contest.
Early fall produce starts to appear at the market with the first apples at market. There are still tomatoes, gourmet melons, watermelons, cantaloupe, white and yellow peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, sweet local corn, green beans, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, squash, zucchini, jams, eggs, yogurt, milk, butter, ice cream, mushrooms, chicken, pork, beef, crabs, oysters, honey, and much more.
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 are also accepted at the Market.
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