Events and Happenings at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market
2014 Great Tomato Recipe Contest Winners
Thanks to everyone who entered. Below are our winners.
First Place Overall | First Place Appetizers
Becky Hamill—Yellow Gazpacho
Second Place Overall | First Place Desserts
Harry Keyser—Tomato Jam Cookie
Third Place Overall | 1st Place Entrée
Richard Scalenghe—Triple Tomato Salad
Second Pace Appetizers/Soups
Kay Cumber—Tomato Bread
Second Place Entrée
Becky Hamill—Tomato Gruyere “Souffle” with Sausage
Second Place Desserts/Drinks
Laura Byrum—Jump Back Blueberry Bread Pudding with Feel Good Green Tomatoes
(pictured: Harry Keyser, Laura Byrum, Kay Cumber, Richard Scalenghe)
Photo by Brook Hedge
In 2015 the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Awarded Eight Scholarships to Local Farmers
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) is very pleased to announce that it has awarded eight scholarships to Delmarva farmers in 2015. This year, HLFM received more applications than ever before from farmers dedicated to sustainable farming methods for these important scholarships. Each scholarship provides $500 to enable these farmers to attend conferences devoted to sustainable agriculture.
The HLFM provides these scholarships, as it has for the past eight years, to further its mission of promoting and strengthening sustainable farming through education and public outreach. Recognizing the importance of sustainable agriculture to the community, individual donors have again generously stepped forward to contribute to the HLFM scholarship fund. If patrons are interested in contributing to the HLFM’s scholarship fund, they can email historiclewesfarmersmarket@
Three recipients will attend the PASA Pennsylvania Farming for the Future Conference on February 3-7, 2015, in State College, Pennsylvania. PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the economic viability and environmental soundness of the local food and agricultural systems. PASA assists working farmers concerned with the ecological wellbeing of the environment and natural resources.
One scholarship recipient will attend the Mid Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on January 27-29, 2015. The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has been jointly sponsored by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, the Maryland State Horticultural Society, and the New Jersey State Horticultural Society for the past 36 years.
One scholarship recipient has already attended the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, GA, held from January 9-12. The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is the largest educational conference and trade show in the southeastern United States that unites growers, vendors and suppliers. Through more than 80 hours of educational sessions, attendees will participate in educational sessions on food safety concerns, specific commodity issues on production practices and increased yields, and marketing strategies.
One recipient will attend the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Annual Organic and Farming Conference in Sarasota Springs, NY, January 23-25, 2015. NOFA advocates a sustainable, local, organic food and farm system.
Two recipients will attend the Future Harvest CASA Conference in College Park, MD, January 15-17, 2015. Future Harvest CASA’s mission is to provide education, networking, and advocacy to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed, where food flows from farm and fishery to table in ways that strengthen farming and the regional food economy; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities and cities
The 2015 recipients of the HLFM scholarships are: The Bennett family, Bennett Orchards; Lisa Garfield, Calliope Farm; Adrienne Spencer, The Delaware Center for Horticulture’s 12th & Brandywine Urban Farm; Karen Abbott, Fifer Orchards; Beth Eisenhour, Kathleen Moss, Mossflower Cottage Vegetable Farm, Bruce Pape, Deep Grass Organic, and Debbie Schaefer, Into the Soil Farm.
The big news from the Historic Lewes Farmers Market is that the Market will continue this year into the fall.
The Market stays at the Lewes Historical Society through September 28. And, this year, from October 5 through November 23 (Saturday before Thanksgiving), from 9am to noon, the Market will be held in the parking lot of Richard Shields Elementary School, just off the corner of Sussex Drive and Savannah Road. Many of your favorite vendors will be there offering everything from meats to pumpkins to lettuces to butternut squash.
Starting this year, the Market is processing SNAP (EBT Food Stamps).
To help lower economic barriers to local healthy food, the HLFM will match up to $10 in SNAP with HLFM “Bonus Bucks.” SNAP participants are encouraged to go to the SNAP Information Tent at the market to redeem their Bonus Bucks.
Historic Lewes Farmers Market Awards 6 Scholarships to Local Farmers
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) is very pleased to announce that it has awarded scholarships to six Delmarva farmers. The scholarships of $500 will enable these farmers to attend sustainable agriculture conferences. Five recipients will attend the Pennsylvania Farming for the Future Conference on February 6-9, 2013, in State College, Pennsylvania (PASA). Bennett Orchards will attend the Mid Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania, January 29-31, 2013.
The HLFM provides these scholarships, as it has for the past six years, to further its mission of promoting and strengthening sustainable farming through education and public outreach, including the Historic Lewes Farmers Market every summer. Recognizing the importance of sustainable agriculture to our community, individual donors have again generously stepped forward to contribute to our scholarship fund.
PASA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the economic viability and environmental soundness of the local food and agricultural systems. PASA assists working farmers who not only grow our food but also are concerned with the ecological wellbeing of our environment and natural resources. PASA is the only statewide, member-based sustainable farming organization in the Northeast U.S. and is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the nation.
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has been jointly sponsored by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, the Maryland State Horticultural Society, and the New Jersey State Horticultural Society for the past 35 years. The National Peach Council, of special relevance to scholarship recipient Bennett Orchards, will meet at the convention for their annual meeting as well. The Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, and Rutgers University Cooperative Extensions all assist in organizing the convention’s three days of educational sessions. The convention has become one of the premier grower meetings in the Northeast.
The 2013 recipients of the HLFM scholarships are:
Helen Waite, Black Hog Farmstead.
Black Hog is interested in expanding its network of experts and learning a great deal more about the “holistic management movement.”
Carrie Bennett, Bennett Orchards.
Bennett Orchards has employed and continues to adopt sustainable practices, including, biological pest control methods such as disrupted mating techniques and Integrated Pest Management practices. Bennett also is interested in the use of nematodes for borer control, a session offered at the conference, along with an important presentation on maintaining a healthy bee habitat for blue orchards bees so pollination of blueberry crops may be fostered.
Lisa Garfield, Calliope Farms.
Calliope is certified naturally grown, uses organic principles, and focuses on building the soil through cover crops, compost, and mineral amendments. Calliope notes that the PASA conference offers a yearly opportunity to learn from experienced agriculturists. Calliope believes that farmers need to possess a wide and varied set of skills from animal care and husbandry, to caring for vegetable and fruits, machine maintenance and building, as well as troubleshooting and marketing. Attending the PASA conference will give Calliope the opportunity to learn new skills and new ways to become more efficient.
Ted Wycall, Greenbranch Farms.
Greenbranch is most interested in the opportunities at the PASA conference to learn more about soil management and animal husbandry, with the goal of producing the healthiest food possible while maintaining the health of the land.
Chris Bohinski, Pure Harvest Farm.
Pure Harvest is interested in learning about new methods of feeding for its chickens, how to raise some of its own feed, and how to make its egg and meat production more efficient, so a PASA workshop on becoming a USDA certified poultry processing facility is on Pure Harvest’s list of sessions to attend.
Susan Ryan, Good Earth Market.
Good Earth Organic Farm is one of the oldest certified USDA Organic Farm in Delaware, 100% committed to sustainable agriculture practices for 10 years. Good Earth plans to learn more about crop rotation and pest management as well as marketing and egg production.
Kathleen Moss, Greenbranch Farm.
Kathleen Moss has worked in small, scale, organic agriculture in the Mid-Atlantic region for the past 7 years. She is interested in attending PASA to learn more about growing in high tunnels and greenhouse propagation techniques. In addition, she wants to learn more about managing farm labor, and marketing to restaurants, all of which will be covered at PASA.
Winner of the Seventh Annual Bike Raffle
Congratulations to Kathleen Smith of West Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the winner of the custom-painted 2012 PHAT Sea Breeze Deluxe 3, three-speed Classic Cruiser. Kathleen’s name was drawn at random from a basket of all entries by the Bicycle Queen of Lewes, former City Councilperson Barbara Vaughan. One of HLFM’s stellar junior volunteers, Lilly Bachtle, ably assisted. Thanks to all who entered to win!
Photos by Brooke Hedge
Historic Lewes Farmers Market Voted America’s Favorite Farmers Market
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market won the first place title in the America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest in the medium category. Last year we won second place and were determined to place first in 2011. This is the first time a Delaware market has won first place. The national contest is sponsored by American Farmland Trust, the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and supporting a sustainable future for farms. The HLFM is dedicated to the mission of promoting and supporting sustainable agriculture in the Delmarva through its 37-vendor, producer-only market, educational programs, scholarships and donations, and community involvement. The HLFM is proud to be first in its category, and encourages support of all local farmers markets throughout the country.
Market Terms – It’s all in the Definition!
There are a lot of terms that are used at farmers markets that need definition.Â Here are some general definitions to help guide you at the Market.
Artisan/Artisanal: These terms imply that products are made by hand in small batches.
Certified Organic. The USDA National Organic Program states that all products sold as “organic” must be certified. Certification requires a farm to submit a production plan and be inspected annually by a certifying organization. The organic certification process is designed to assure customers that the organic products they purchase have been produced using appropriate organic practices, with records that allow traceability.
Conventional farming draws its meaning from the contrast to alternative methods of farming, such as organic, certified natural and even genetic engineering. Conventional farming dominated the 20th century is still dominant today. Chemical fertilizers and chemical plant protectorants are common; however, IPM (Integrated Pest Management) is part of conventional farming. IPM applies principles of organic farming and so the definition of a conventional farmer will vary from farmer to farmer.
Farm fresh is really just a marketing term used in retail and direct farm sales. It generally means that the product is being purchased directly from a farm. However, if you are really concerned about freshness, ask when the produce was harvested or the eggs were collected. Just another good reason to buy at our Market as you can ask the farmer directly since we are a producer-only market. A producer-only market is a market where the vendors only sell items they produce.
Free-range implies that a meat or poultry product comes from an animal that was raised in the open air or was free to roam. When the term is used on poultry products, “free range” is regulated by the USDA and means that the birds have been given access to the outdoors, but for an undetermined period each day. “Free-range” claims on red meats and eggs are not regulated. Please note that free-range egg producers have no standard on what the term means. Many egg farmers sell their eggs as free-range simply because their cages are two or three inches more than standard size, or because there is a window in the shed. It’s always best to ask the farmer directly what he or she follows to label their products “free-range” just one of many reasons to buy at a farmers marketâ€”you meet the producer face-to-face, and can find out how your food is grown.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): GMOs are plants and animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs. In general, genes are taken (modified) from one organism that shows a desired trait and transferred into the genetic code of another organism. Genetic modification is currently allowed in conventional farming in America, but not allowed in a number of European countries. There is a lot of controversy around GMOs and we suggest that you read more in depth to better understand the issues.
Gleaning: Historically, gleaning was the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they had been harvested, and was one source of feeding the poor. Today, many farmers markets glean from their markets. At the end of each Market, the farmers and vendors give a portion of what they have left to charitable organizations including food banks and soup kitchens. The HLFM and our vendors also glean at the end of every Market day, and donate fresh produce and baked goods to Casa San Francisco’s Food Bank in Milton, DE.
Naturally Grown, Naturally Raised, Certified Naturally Grown. The use of the word “natural” in supermarket labeling is not regulated.Â However, the USDA does have a definition of “naturally raised” that growers of meat can voluntarily adopt.Â There is much controversy over the actual definition, but essentially, it requires that the animal not be fed growth hormones, antibiotics or animal by-products. On the fruits and vegetables side of the table, we have Naturally Grown and Certified Naturally Grown. There is no standard definition of “Naturally Grown.” On the other hand, Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) is an independent non-profit organization that has Certification Standards that take as their starting point the USDA Organic Standards. However, this is an independent program that is not in any way affiliated with the USDA’s National Organic Certification Program. CNG claims to be an alternative program for small-scale direct-market farmers using natural methods. They now certify over 500 farms nationwide. Certification is done through farm inspection by other farmers. Standards are available to view online at naturallygrown.org.
No antibiotics: Antibiotics are given to livestock in order to treat or prevent diseases. Advertising “no antibiotics” may indicate high animal husbandry standards. Ask the farmer to explain how she/he avoids antibiotic use. (There is concern that anti-microbial drugs are overused in large industrial chicken, pig, and cattle farms. See Farmacology.)
No hormones: Hormones are commonly used in commercial farming to increase the growth rate of beef cattle or to increase the production of milk in dairy cattle. Some of these hormones are natural, some are synthetic, and some are genetically engineered. If a farmer or rancher states no hormones, then they do not engage in these practices.
No spray/pesticide free: This indicates that there are no sprays applied to the produce. This does not necessarily indicate what farming methods a farmer is using, or that the produce is free of pesticide residue. Ask the farmer if anything has been applied to the surface of the produce if this is a concern to you.
Raw-Milk Cheese: Cheese and other dairy products made from milk that is not pasteurized say “raw milk” on the label. In the U.S., raw milk cheeses are required to be aged for 60 days as a safety precaution.
Vine-ripened/Tree-ripened: Fruit that has been allowed to ripen on the vine or tree. Many fruits that are shipped long distances while still unripe and firm are then treated with ethylene gas to “ripen” and soften them
HLFM Store Posters:
Every year, we print store posters detailing the time and locations of the HLFM market. If you manage or work in a local store, and would like one to put into your window, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 302-644-1436, and we will see that you get one.