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Historic Lewes Farmers Market looking forward to a sunny Memorial weekend

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Even though it poured rain May 21, almost 700 hardy customers came to buy fresh produce at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market.

This Saturday, May 28, the summer season kicks off with Memorial Day weekend, and hopefully the rain will hold back, and the market will finally open at 8 a.m. at George H.P. Smith Park.

But, rain or shine, 35 vendors will be selling strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus, watercress, spinach, stirfry greens, freshly cut peony and other spring flower bouquets, garden plants, pickles, eggs, cheese, yogurt, milk, grass-fed lamb, chicken, pork, and beef, freshly baked breads, breakfast quiche, and much more.

At 9 a.m., Maureen Miller, children's librarian from the Lewes Public Library will read "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear" by Audrey Wood. All children and their adults are welcome to come to Children's Story Time, a partnership program between the HLFM and the Lewes Public Library. The Story Time Tent will be located near the children's playground at the park.

At 10 a.m., Ian Crandall, co-owner and executive chef of Kindle, will prepare a meal featuring products available in the market. His culinary talents are well-known among Kindle patrons. Since 2006, he has been showcasing local seasonal produce on Kindle's varied menu. Taking comfort food to the next level, Crandall executes a seasonal American menu that uses traditional French methods (a nod to his training at LAcademie de Cuisine), while focusing on simple presentation and fresh ingredients.

This year, the market continues its SNAP (EBT Food Stamps) program. To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM matches up to $20 for 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.

The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The park is located at the corner of Dupont and Johnson avenues. The best parking for the new location can be found at the Shields Elementary School and Lewes School parking lots, off the corner of Savannah Road and Sussex Drive.

More information about the market is available at

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Original Publication Date: May 27, 2016

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